Leadership


The Simple Method That Will Increase Your Influence 60%

If you're like most people, you face influence challenges that have you stumped. Whether you're a new CEO who wants to overhaul the corporate culture of your organization, or a parent who wants to help your children create effective studying habits, or simply someone who wants to make a difference, the ability to exert influence is what will make or break it. In Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change, authors Grenny and Patterson share remarkable insights and real-life, powerful stories of extraordinary influencers from all walks of life. The following is a ...

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5 Ways to Be An Exceptional Leader [Infographic]

Zenger and Folkman in their latest book "How to Be Exceptional " writes what it takes to be exceptional. They provide a revolutionary approach to leadership development. Instead of focusing on your weaknesses and how to overcome them, they suggest focusing on your strengths - and learning how to magnify them. Organizations with best leaders have the following in common: Here's  some key takeaways Shefali Dua shared based on some key insights from the book. Also, enjoy the infographic below which encapsulates the essence of the book!   (more…)

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How to Be a Meaning Maker at Work

Have you ever felt that work didn’t feel like work but more like play? Musicians talk about being “in the groove,” and sportsmen being “in the zone.” Research shows two thirds of employees are not engaged at work. Why is it so hard for us to feel we are in our “sweet spot” every day, every moment? In McKinsey Quarterly’s Increasing the ‘Meaning Quotient’ of Work, two McKinsey consultants argues that while Intelligent Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) are the pre-requisites for creating a high-performance culture, but far from enough to ...

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A Daily Pledge Every Christian Leader Must Read

G.K. Chesterton once said, “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” As human beings, it seems we have an infinite capacity for taking things granted in our lives. As a follower of Jesus, we must never lose our perspective on our leadership and influence over the lives of others. However, it's so easy to get carried away and become disconnected with our mission and vision. It becomes natural then for us to take things for granted. This becomes a deadly poison that hinders not only our ability ...

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The Eight Habits of Effective Google Managers

I came across an article in the New York Times that describes Google's Project Oxygen which is a rigorously statistics driven approach to identify what makes good managers at Google. They analyzed performance reviews, feedback surveys and nominations for top-manager awards….(correlating) phrases, words, praise and complaint.  The Google's People Analytics team studied the attributes of high-performing teams and published the "Eight Habits of Highly Effective Google Managers."  As you read the eight habits below, it surprise me many of the habits Google identified ...

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Ken Blanchard on How Great Leaders GROW

If you are born between 1982 and 2002, you are a member of the Generational Y (a.k.a Millennial) cohort. As a member of this cohort myself, I see a prevailing belief that derailed the growth of many emerging leaders. In essence, the belief that only experience and age can enable someone to become a leader has been an attitude endemic among Millennials. The fact of the matter is the world is experiencing an influx of Millennials in the workforce where many of their colleagues may be a Baby Boomer (anyone born between 1946-1964). Naturally, a younger colleague like myself ...

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Jim Collins’ Top Ten To-Dos for Young Leaders

If you consider yourself as an emerging leader and are serious about your learning and development, stop doing whatever you're doing right now and for the next ten minutes, give me your undivided attention. Watch this YouTube clip below from the 47 minute mark for the next 10 minutes - where you'll find nuggets of wisdom from Jim Collins. (If you have more time, watch the entire keynote address given by Jim Collins dedicated to the father of modern management Peter Drucker). If you have ever read any work by Jim Collins, you know the next ten minutes will be of inestim...

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“Why” Always Trumps the “What” and “How”

I would urge you to start off this blog post by watching this 18-minute TED video from Simon Sinek. This is arguably the best TED video I've seen this year. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0HIF3SfI4] Why are some leaders more persuasive and inspiring than others? What inspiring qualities have cemented Apple, Martin Luther King Jr, and the Wright Brothers into their iconic status as leaders in spite of intense competition in this red ocean market? Simon Sinek offers a simple, effective principle: Start with Why. In fact, these leaders have utilized this ...

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Food for Thought: Memorable Quotes on Leadership

"The wisdom of the wise and the experience of ages may be preserved by quotation." — Benjamin Disraeli    To download a complimentary free e-book "He Said, She Said, And YOU?: Your Pit Stop for Inspiration" simply click HERE.  Look at phenomenal leaders. A common denominator for their extraordinary success has been a passion for reading. One key benefit of reading has the ability to inspire and ignite creativity, helping leaders see the "big picture" more clearly.  Here, I'd like to share some of my favorite collection of quotes on leadership. As 1 Timothy ...

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God and Guinness: The Missional Drink that Changed the World

God and Guinness? To many, this juxtaposition may appear sacrilegious, if not rightfully awkward. But only those who know the story behind the Guinness family can fully appreciate the connection between the two; that is, how the national drink of Ireland became arguably the greatest instrument for propagating the Gospel. Here are some interesting tidbits I gleaned in my study of the Guinness family: The trademark thick foam head of Guinness is the result of the presence of nitrogen. This is why one should drink Guinness from a glass and not the can or bottle...

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