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The secrets to building a constructive feedback culture
Fast Company
One of the most important parts of any organization's culture is the way that feedback is given and received. Feedback on the shortcomings of a piece of work can be constructive, allowing progress and improvement. But it can also be destructive, undermining employees' confidence and preventing them from doing their best work. Given this challenge, many leaders chicken out and provide only cursory feedback, avoiding the backlash negativity can bring. But this can be just as destructive in the long term.
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Why leaders eat last
Talent Management
What makes a good leader? It's a question many have pondered. To some, leadership has easily recognizable qualities. For others, leadership characteristics aren't always clear — they just know a leader when they see one. Leadership in business is constantly under the microscope. With each passing decade, as industries shift and work styles change, the issue of what makes an effective leader has taken on different meanings.
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4 effective ways to combat laissez-faire leadership
By Betty Boyd
According to Cornell University professor Samuel Bacharach, "Good leaders create an atmosphere of security, trust and expertise to facilitate the creative process and ensure it doesn't go off course." Leadership is a great responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. However, there are people within organizations who are leaders in title only. Here are four ways an organization can combat this type of "leadership."
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The 10 commandments of hiring great talent
Great Leadership
Many leaders — maybe most of them — struggle with recruiting. The reasons aren't surprising. Recruiting is a complicated skill, and very few companies or business schools teach it. Young managers are thrown into the deep end of the pool and expected to swim, and more seasoned managers have nowhere to turn when grappling with difficult problems or when they want to tune up their skills. Given this unhappy state of affairs, it's worth revisiting the basic tenets of good recruiting practice.
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Why respect has to be a 2-way street
Terry St. Marie More Human Leadership
Respect is an absolute "must do" for any leader striving for greatness. It's understanding fully that respect is a two-way street — it's not just about you getting respect. It's about them. The people you lead need to be respected. And more importantly, their work needs to be respected. Implicit in this respect is the realization that every single role in an organization is important to its mission.
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The 5 best times and ways to ask for feedback
Fast Company
As human beings, we're naturally curious and desire to have our questions answered. But there's one area of questioning that overwhelms most of us with anxiety: asking for feedback. It's not an easy or natural task, asking for someone's opinion or evaluation of you and your work, but it's an essential part of career development. We can't promise that it will be painless, but with the proper preparation and the right questions, asking for feedback can be a smooth process.
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How to avoid letting a personal crisis derail your work
Inc.
Eventually it happens to the best of us. Something occurs in our personal lives that is so devastating, we have difficulty concentrating at work. It may be the death of a loved one, a divorce, a financial crisis or serious damage to our homes. When our personal lives are in chaos, it can be hard to focus and get what we need to do done. Unfortunately, bills still have to be paid and work still has to get done. As the boss, your team counts on you to lead, no matter what's you're dealing with after hours.
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How anyone can become a good public speaker
TIME
To begin with, do not for a moment think you cannot give a speech. You give speeches every day to your family, friends, colleagues and, yes, even to strangers. Your daily conversations are nothing more than mini-speeches in casual clothes. If you can talk to one person, you can talk to an audience of thousands. Really. When you are speaking to a large crowd, you are still talking to one person at a time, just as if you were chatting to the cashier at the food store or a fellow passenger on a plane.
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How to run a great virtual meeting
Harvard Business Review
Virtual meetings don't have to be seen as a waste of time. In fact, they can be more valuable than traditional face-to-face meetings. Beyond the fact that they're inexpensive ways to get people together — think: no travel costs and readily available technology — they're also great opportunities to build engagement, trust and candor among teams.
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Leadership credibility: 10 qualities every employee looks for in a leader
Inc.
When it comes down to it, employees are evaluating and forming opinions about the leaders in their organization just as much as employers are evaluating the employees. As great as the work may be, if there isn't a strong leader in place, employees are going to leave to look for a better environment. There are certain qualities leaders need to have if they want to attract and then retain talent, so it's important to recognize these qualities and work hard to create that strong sense of leadership.
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