Archive for February, 2016
It’s a question and/or statement I hear some version of an awful lot. “I want to lead, but I’m not a manager.” Or… “How can I lead when I’m not a manager?” It’s not a bad question to ask and think through, and I admire folks’ sincere desire to develop their leadership skills. The thing[…]
Strategy provides the clarity for any organization. Even though this is true, many struggle with defining a strategy and gaining momentum around it. Ignoring strategy or floundering on the pursuit…
Chapter 1 from the upcoming book, Putting Stories to Work by Shawn Callahan. Find out where storytelling skills can really make a difference.
If you look at the standard organizational model, the first thing you notice is that it’s a pyramid. It is narrower at the top than at the bottom. There are a lot of worker bees at the bottom of the pyramid — that’s why the base of the pyramid is broader than the top of the pyramid is. There are fewer managers than employees, and there are a very small number of executives at the top of the organization, calling the shots.
Since the typical organization has lots of non-management employees and only a small number of senior-level leaders, it stands to reason that every minute of a highly-placed executive’s day has great impact. The decisions C-level leaders make have huge ramifications on everything from the company’s stock price tomorrow to the firm’s existence or nonexistence five years from now.
We know from research (and common sense) that people who understand and manage their own and others’ emotions make better leaders. They are able to deal with stress, overcome obstacles, and inspire others to work toward collective goals. They manage conflict with less fallout and build stronger teams. And they are generally happier at work, too. But far too many managers lack basic self-awareness and social skills. They don’t recognize the impact of their own feelings and moods. They are less adaptable than they need to be in today’s fast-paced world. And they don’t demonstrate basic empathy for others: they don’t understand people’s needs, which means they are unable to meet those needs or inspire people to act.
Stories are timeless representations of our experiences. We tell stories to make people laugh, to encourage friends, and even to spread celebrity gossip. As humans, we pay attention to stories becaus…
You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.
Actually, don’t trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.
UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.
Here’s what you and I can learn from the people who really have answers:
Carol Smith, Shirley Dalziel and Judith Strange provide their insight on how to make your transformation project a success