30 Overlooked Acts of Leadership Courage

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We often think of leaders as exhibiting big acts of courage – overcoming huge obstacles and saving lives, metaphorically and literally. Yet I’m amazed and humbled at the courageous things leaders do that we don’t think of as brave. The small courageous things that we overlook every day are the stuff that make up the character of great leaders.

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Source: Aspire Collaborative Services, LLC

Have You Fallen off the Fast Track?

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Most medium to large size organizations have some version of “high potential” programs. These are programs designed to identify and prepare future leaders for larger roles. These elite pools of employees are often officially or unofficially labeled as “hipos”, “rising Stars”, “fast trackers”, or “the chosen”.

Companies often don’t come right and tell you if you’re in one of these pools. They are concerned you might get too entitled or full of yourself. Also, if they tell you that you are in, they then have to tell you when you are out. And that’s an uncomfortable conversations most HR geeks and managers would rather avoid.

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Source: Great Leadership

How Stephen Elop got Nokia's Workers Talking

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Finns are notoriously taciturn, so when Microsoft executive Stephen Elop went to Helsinki to take over as Nokia’s CEO, he made a point of telling his team that long silences were no longer acceptable. To turn the struggling phone-maker around, Elop bombarded workers with e-mails demanding feedback and advice, and held soul-baring meetings at which managers were expected to speak up about their divisions’ strengths and weaknesses. “I’ve heard my colleagues speak more in the last four months than in the last 10 years,” says Mary McDowell, a senior executive. (summary & title from SmartBrief)

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Source: Bloomburg BusinessWeek

Has Success Eluded You Because You Eluded Failure?

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Failure. Defeat. Collapse. Downfall. Rout. Wreck. Washout. And those are just the polite words.

Why are we so hard on ourselves when we fail? I find myself thinking back to classes that I took in college. The hard classes — the ones I had to struggle with — were always the ones that taught me something. The easy classes, the ones where I made effortless As, were nice, but they didn’t teach me a single thing. Yes, it’s a cliché to say that we must learn from our failures. Worse than that, it sounds like a consolation prize. That’s too bad, though, because the lessons we learn from failure are not consolation prizes — they are gold.

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Source: Great Leadership

Secrets Of High Potential Employee Development

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If you’re lucky, you probably have a few crackerjack employees who go above and beyond. Maybe you can even see them taking over the business one day. But your satisfaction is clouded by worry. You may find yourself wondering…are they being challenged? What if they leave for a better offer? Do they know how much they’re valued? This is where high potential employee development comes in.

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Source: American Express

RBC Bank: Baby Boomers Taking The Plunge Into Succession Planning

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The Baby Boomers, born from 1946-1964, have always made an unmistakable mark on our society. In 2011, the first Boomers turned 65, and officially became eligible for Social Security. There are a lot of Boomers coming right behind this first wave, as roughly 76 million kids were born in the United States during those post-WWII years and into the early 60s. That means a lot of Boomers are about to make a big splash in the business succession pool.

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Source: RBC Bank

10 questions to Ask When Seeking Your Next Leadership Opportunity

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Are you contemplating a career move? As an executive in a field as challenging and competitive as healthcare, finding the right fit is crucial to your long-term leadership success. Asking yourself these 10 questions will ensure you’re positioned to find that ideal match.

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Source: BE Smith

The Keys to Authentic and Effective Leadership

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Effective leaders require both technical and people skills. Sad to say, the bulk of their training has been to ensure technical success instead of honing their people skills, which will in fact ultimately determine their success. There are many reasons for this asymmetrical development that are beyond the scope of this review. But consider the irony that the number one responsibility of leaders is to develop leaders. Research shows that the way leaders treat their subordinates is the number one reason this valuable talent leave the organization.

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Source: Great Leadership

Leadership Development

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As it becomes increasingly complex to do business, organizations are undergoing rapid change; first-rate leadership development has therefore become a necessity. Capable, confident, and agile leaders are able to create a high-performance environment and ignite employee engagement. This kind of leadership permeates an organization with a winning spirit and leads to improved profitability.

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Source: Business Performance Improvement Resource (BPIR)

Why We Need a Workers' Bill of Rights Now

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Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail is reality journalism at its best, a raw education in the nature of American low-wage retail work before and during the devastating recession of 2007-2009. It also is a searing narrative of Kelly’s experiences working in an upscale mall, laced with a national investigative skewering of the awful working conditions, low wages, and robotic big brother corporate leadership in the US retail sector.

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Source: BNET