Depending upon whose numbers you believe, at least 41% of us (and it could be as high as 50% to 75%) don’t use all of our paid vacation. I am one of the guilty ones. My excuse (or at least what I tell myself): I like working. But every expert will tell you that not […]
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Great leaders and managers give a damn − and not just about work. They also care about their people, says Kim Scott, author, management guru and former CEO.
“The most surprising thing about becoming a manager is all the pressure to stop caring (about people),”
She shares her advice in this great piece for Fast Company.
By now you may feel you’ve read your share of stories titled “#LeadershipFail.”
And you’re thinking: “Those managers are idiots. I know I’m not perfect, but at least I don’t do THAT to my employees!”
In your view you run a tight and happy little cruise ship. But mutiny could be just around the corner.
Many well-meaning managers fall victim to bad habits that, while they might not make employees jump overboard, are slowly killing the productive vibes that keep people sailing onward.
So how important is Emotional Intelligence or Emotional IQ in the workplace?
Sure, there are some old school execs who pooh-pooh it as mystical gibberish, but mostly there’s growing acceptance that’s it is a necessary component in today’s workforce.
In particular, empathy, self-awareness and social skills are considered vital to employees succeeding.
And many hiring managers are going so far to say emotional IQ is more important than an employee’s IQ.
It can be quite a quandary. Should I delegate this task? Do it myself? Or is this something that should be automated?
This great interactive tool can help you reach the right decision.
Just plug in your task, answer the questions honestly, and you’ll get your answer.
Are you a micromanager? Odds are, if you manage other people you have at least some micromanaging traits. It’s hard to avoid.
The problem is, it hurts your team. Your employees are looking to grow and develop, and micromanaging stunts their growth. Stunt them long enough, and they’ll leave.
And to replace them can cost you 50% to 200% of the employee’s salary. Yikes!
So take the quiz and find out how much of a micromanager you are. Hopefully, you’ll discover that you’re a star.
Of course, there’s the other side, too. You may find out you’re a completely over-the-top Control Freak.
Need some additional inspiration to help you become successful?
These empowering quotes from inspiring women leaders might help motivate you to reach the next level. They come from different walks of life – business, politics and entertainment – but their messages resonate with all of us.
The late comedy legend George Burns described motivation this way:
“I wake up every morning, get out of bed, read the newspaper, and if I don’t see my obituary, I go downstairs and have breakfast.”
Funny! But what makes successful people tick? Money? Pride? Attention and fame?
Actually, enduring motivation has deeper roots. The money and the rest of it, that’s just gravy – the extras that result from being motivated.
Don’t think so? Then take a look at how these 11 very successful people motivate themselves – in their own words.
Let’s face it, managing others is difficult. Getting others to satisfy your expectations, perform at the top of their capacity and display desirable behaviors at all times can be a challenge for even the most experienced of managers.
And unfortunately, few of us are given the training or mentorship necessary to succeed as leaders.
Few people are born with strong leadership skills – we learn and develop them over time. And as you develop and strengthen your own skills, remember that those farther down in the organization need to develop those skills as well.
Here are 10 leadership habits that are guaranteed to be helpful for new and experienced managers. Not only are they worthy of your attention, they are nuggets of advice worthy of those that you manage and mentor.
When you think of the military, you think of discipline, battlefield tactics, logistics, etc. It’s a complicated task to move a million people, thousands of airplanes and hundreds of ships around the world.
But what sets a great general or admiral apart from the rest is leadership.
And their leadership philosophies can apply to every organization, whether you’re managing five people in the warehouse or a thousand employees in a corporation.
These nine great U.S. military leaders share their thoughts in these leadership quotes.