We invited attendees of Fast Company ’s recent Innovation Festival to share the most essential lessons they’ve learned so far in their careers. “Leadership comes in many forms. Figure out how your quietness strengthens your leadership style.” —Elaine Mau, senior product designer, Allstate “Stay focused, and don’t try to […]
As the boss, one of your main goals is to create a workplace that fosters collaboration, encouragement, and unity. Sounds simple enough, right? But human beings are far from simple. Sometimes, despite your best efforts to ensure everyone works well together, there are employees who just can’t seem to […]
According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report , emotional intelligence will be one of the top 10 job skills in 2020. The awareness that emotional intelligence is an important job skill, in some cases even surpassing technical ability, has been growing in recent years. In a […]
People who show an enhanced ability to adapt to change, manage their emotions, and work well with a diverse range of people are already valuable in most workplaces. But with the rates of change and pressures in the workplace rising, they’ll become even more sought after than ever.
Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress. […]
According to my friends at TalentSmart, Emotionally Intelligent people “Recognize and Understand emotions in order to better manage relationships.”* As such, you are the one in control of your emotions and you are the one responsible for using your knowledge for good. Toxic leaders exist at all levels of an organization and sometimes (sadly) it could be you. The tips offered in this article are outstanding, but they all come back to one point: be intentional, rather than letting the emotions manage you. What works for you in your organization? Leave a reply with your success stories below, or feel free to share with me on Twitter at @fritzmt!
“As an entrepreneur, your commitment to your business’s purpose fuels your hard work. It often can be contagious to those who work with you. When you and your employees are in sync commitment-wise, great things are possible. There is, however, a downside to high-commitment levels if they’re not kept in check. The downside is commitment fatigue.” […]
My friend, Shawn Murphy, highlights a critical challenge for leaders over on his blog, SwitchandShift.com — triage and prioritization of commitment. All to often, at the expense of the system, leaders find themselves chasing a cause. Everybody admires driven passion, and it can virally create passion within your team. However, your teammates also recognize the pending signs of burnout and take on those traits within themselves. After all, every team emulates the mood, language and example set by their leader over time. If you are burning yourself out in the relentless pursuit of work, expect that your team’s light is nearly snuffed, as well. As leaders, it’s as important to recognize the investment we put into ourselves as it is to understand the value of investing in our team.
Take a tip from Shawn and take a moment to savor your current situation and comprehend the value of where you are. It makes the journey to where you are going all that more enjoyable for you and your team along the way!
…you need a plan of attack to stop spending time and money in these sinkholes, break out of the impasse, and solve your most frustrating problems. […]
In this article from HBR, the authors asked executives to put a price on the amount their companies lost each day due to a range of people issues, from interpersonal conflicts and unproductive weekly staff meetings to hiring the wrong employees and investing in training programs that don’t work. The results were not suprising: on average, $7,227.07/line item/day, totaling $144,541.30/day. That amounts to $52,757,574 value lost for an organization on interpersonal issues and “people problems.” Think your leadership and team are immune to these factors? Think again. The number one people choose to leave their team is problems with the bosses. How are you engaging today to ensure you retain valuable talent and address root causes early before they become a retention issue?
“No one ever gets talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say, and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the muse hits, until the moment is right, until all the craziness in his life has died down.”
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (New York: Viking, 2016)
What an outstanding book! Adam Grant once again makes social-science entertaining in this awesome read about original thinkers and ways to encourage more of them on your team. As with any book by Adam Grant, you can expect it to be well-thought out, well-researched and well-written. If you’re like me, you’ll be dog-earing and highlighting this book throughout!