Leadership Development

Leadership development for creating employee engagement

Is this the most important gift you could give employees?

www.BeyondMorale.comTo me gifts are special things for which I am grateful. It has nothing to do with physical items or monetary value. Gifts are things that I feel have enriched my life. Do you think the same way? I don’t think we are strange because we think this way. I have met many people in my life that have expressed the same sentiment. Have you?

Think about your workplace for a moment. Do the employees communicate positively with one another? Are they gladly working together? Do they care about each other and your business? Are they finding the greater sense of purpose and meaning they so desire? Are the results of your business exceeding your expectations?

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Our Greatest Asset is our People…but do you Know Why?

Saying your people are your greatest asset is a very nice marketing statement. But would your integrity be questioned because there is no sustainable application to make it happen. The truth is, people aren’t your greatest asset, unless they’re provided guidance on how to build stronger relationships at work. When relationships at work are strong employees perform better as individuals and in teams.

Decades of research prove that individuals and teams that get along dramatically outperform those who don’t in almost every important business metric. In fact, the single most cited reason (80%) why people leave their job is because of poor relationships at work. Individuals who have stronger relationships at work substantially outperform individuals who don’t, they’re more productive, more profitable, more innovative, have less accidents, contribute more…and on and on.

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Top 4 Reasons Why MBAs are the Worst Leaders

Bad Leaders or GoodHave you ever been surprised when people react to something you said or did? Have you ever said something funny (at least you thought so) only to have nobody laugh? Sure, we all have.  Well, I sure was surprised by the many comments and tweets to my post Why MBAs are the Worst Leaders. It was way more than what I expected. I suspect this post will garner even greater attention and tweets.

The response was so diverse and opinionated that I began to ask myself, is there a common thread to make sense of all of this emotional energy? Not sure if it means anything but most of the reaction was from people agreeing that employee engagement and leadership skills were poor in MBAs. Many people took the time to write first-hand stories of their experiences.   Continue reading

You’re Not Alone in This Leadership Confusion

Many myths about leadership abound. One of those myths, in particular, steers leaders in the wrong direction. Be careful how much you embrace it.

You’ve heard this myth often, expressed in different ways:

  • “It’s lonely at the top.”
  • “The buck stops here.”
  • “Never let them see you sweat.”

What’s wrong with these aphorisms? Nothing, as long as we consume them in small doses. But swallowed whole and as our only diet, they lead us to conclude the wrong things about the nature of leadership and create confusion.

The Views on Leadership are Distorted

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How to Prevent Leadership Development Failures

The traditional path for Leadership Development focuses on the improvement and refinement of skills, and the understanding of models that aid in the diagnosis of which skill to apply in which situation.

This Doesn’t Work

This approach, is not proving to be beneficial for numerous reasons, including the lack of any element of measurement. Organizations continue to invest a significant amount of money and time without being sure of what benefits are being accrued. Managers are ending up overburdened by multiple, sometimes complex and conflicting, leadership models to analyze situations. Continue reading

Is Bad Leadership to Blame for Employees Poisoning Boss?

2 NC cafeteria workers accused of poison attempt March 02, 2011 

ALBEMARLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say two North Carolina high school cafeteria employees have been arrested and accused of trying to poison their boss’ tea. The Stanly County Sheriff’s Office says 38-year-old Angela Johnson and 64-year-old Eileen Hallamore were charged Tuesday with distributing food containing poison. Authorities say their investigation started last month after the county board of education reported a poisoning attempt at South Stanly High School in Norwood. No students were involved. Deputies have not said how the poisoning was discovered or what may have motivated the women. It was not clear if the women have attorneys. They are due in court April 25.

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12 Culture Traits from the Masters of Leadership

Leadership is often defined as a set of skills or attributes possessed by a person known as “the leader.” Accordingly, leadership development is treated as if it were a solo act. But it’s not. There can be no leadership without other people. There also can be no leaders created without leaders of leaders…these are Masters of Leadership.

Masters of Leadership know the secret to their leadership success is not written in this article, it is not in seminars, books or audio programs. It is locked away in their employees, in their minds and hearts. To access this information you need tools and tactics to help you get to understand their criteria and then connect with their minds, touch their hearts and do this with congruence to fully engage employees.  Continue reading

11 Laws of Leadership at Work

Throughout the course of my working career, which goes back to the age of 15 when I worked in a transmission shop owned by a friend’s Dad, leaders have created the working conditions that I was subjected to. Some had positive employee engagement, some not so good. Continue reading

5 Rules the Best Leaders Use for Reducing Workplace Conflict

Is your company plagued with co-worker versus co-worker or leadership versus employee disagreements and petty hostilities? Just because you don’t openly see the workplace conflict doesn’t mean it isn’t present. In many organizations these things are under the surface and live in a passive-aggressive form. In either case, whether apparent or not there are some steps you can take to deal with damaging and unproductive conflicts in the workplace. Continue reading

8 Key Questions to Overcome 360 degree Feedback Problems

When it comes to 360-degree feedback, be warned that it is much easier to lose trust than to build it.

In the beginning, 360 assessments were seen to be a development tool. They were not conceived to be used as a tool for performance appraisal. As their use has grown, however, they have come to be used by some organizations for evaluation, not just for development. This has pulled the rug out from under the original intent and caused a lot of problems for many. Continue reading

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