A Leadership Excellence System: The First Half

In my previous blog-Performance Management or Shared Leadership I shared some thoughts to consider to shift the paradigm(s) regarding performance reviews/appraisals/evaluations with the emphasis on shared leadership for sustained excellence. One of the keys to success in this area of improving a traditional process such as this is to ensure everyone can see how it relates to the overall strategic context of an organization and the system in which it resides. This requires strategic and systems thinking1 (which we offer seminars in this area). If this is not considered or developed a leader with an improvement team will fall victim to the Whack-a-Mole Game (not fun in this context). 

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Is Your Self-Esteem on Life Support?

Many of the courses I teach for SkillPath have audiences filled with people, predominantly women who suffer from let’s call it “need-to-please-itis”. We were all taught as children to say thank you and please, if you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all, and the nicer you are the more friends you have – right? When we practice these basic standards of courtesy that is a healthy form of the “need-to-please”, but when we come down with “need-to-please-itis” your self-esteem starts to shut down and is put on life support, this is when a dose of assertiveness is needed!

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Performance Management or Shared Leadership

In my previous blog The Real Duck Dynasty I wrote about the role of organizational hierarchy and its facilitation of duck quacking among team members and respective stakeholders. More specifically I shared the negative impact on morale, productivity, poor customer service and profitable growth all of which are interrelated. To compliment this quack fest phenomenon are processes and systems that can undermine cultural and leadership excellence. One such process is doing performance reviews, evaluations or what some call performance management hence the purpose of this blog. 

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The art of listening when receiving feedback

“I was actually doodling, when appearing to take notes,” admitted Sara when I asked her how she stayed focused when listening to feedback.”  “I wasn’t focused or listening” she revealed candidly.  Not sure you would reveal this about yourself, or would you?  

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Are you really LinkedIn?

A recent poll revealed 82% of the respondents ranked LinkedIn as the most trusted social networking site. It is also gaining mass appeal within the Fortune 500 with 69 of its’ top 100 represented on the site.  But, nearly half of their 238 million members have incomplete profiles and are not using this powerful tool to build business, brand awareness, or boost credibility. Do I have your attention now? Good! 

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