Play your Role at the Right Altitude

Do-manage-lead represents different altitudes or levels of engagement in your approach to work. Team leaders who are supervising others should abandon the do level — hands-on tasks — in favor of managing through the use of interpersonal skills, that is, developing others and themselves to get work done.  In this video, Erica Peitler explains the Read More »

Change through Rapid Transformation

To lead change in your organization, create cross-functional teams to work on the pieces and engage in rapid transformation: 1) create a sense of urgency, 2) diagnose the root causes, 3) envision the future, and 4) write a detailed implementation plan. After viewing the video, answer a “Questions to Ask” and select an “Ideas for Read More »

Credibility is the Foundation of Leadership

Why would anyone follow you? Barry Posner asserts that we follow people we believe are credible – competent, honest, forward-thinking, and inspirational. People will not believe the message, if they don’t believe in the messenger. Credibility is the foundation of leadership. Barry Posner is the Accolti Endowed Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Read More »

Achieve Goals with If-Then Plans

Goals like lose weight and exercise more are too vague. Increase your chances of achieving goals by pairing specific conditions with specific actions. If it’s 3:00 I will walk up and down three flights of stairs — exactly what to do, and when and where to do it.  In this video, Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson Read More »

Influence Comes from Trust

Influence comes from trust. Trust comes from vulnerability, e.g., “I don’t know; what do you think?” People who are asked are more engaged. In the video, Sue Powell tells of a boss who asked everyone for his or her opinion, but were told to act as if the final decision were theirs. After viewing the Read More »

Before You Start Something New

Before you start anything new — a retreat, a job, a board commitment — ask questions like, “Why did you take this job?” “What would motivate you to stay?” “How would I know you need help?” etc. Only then should you talk about goals. That will improve retention.  In this video, Shari Harley encourages focusing Read More »

Work for Outsight More than Insight

Leaders are advised to get in touch with themselves through introspection about the past. But the past is not the future. Work for outsight, not insight.  In this video, Herminia Ibarra encourages you to do things that are unusual for you. Make a list of new activities and relationships you will pursue over the next Read More »

How to Reduce Gossip

People are reluctant to say something to your face because they were told as children, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Tell people closest to you that you encourage direct, honest feedback of all kinds, including negative. You won’t freak out.  In this video, Shari Harley, discuss how allowing people Read More »

Leading Change at All Levels

The traditional change model is top-down. This restricts the range of ideas. Distributed-leadership organizations encourage ideas from people at all levels. The emphasis is on agility, innovation, and speed — sensing and seizing opportunities quickly.  In this video, Deborah Ancona, Director of the MIT Leadership Center at MIT Sloan School of Management presents a new Read More »

Effective Meetings Require Structure

Meetings require structure to be effective. Using the PALPAR acronym makes it easy to frame discussion and produce better results. In this video, Dr. Richard Lent describes the benefit of PALPAR meeting tool. P – “Present” your topic or decision A – “Ask” a couple of questions to guide feedback L – “Listen” to feedback Read More »