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Can’t See The Forest for the Trees or Selective Attention and What We Can Learn

June 7, 2013 by

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Do a quick search on YouTube(c) and you will find a host of videos, long and short, that illustrate selective attention and it’s basic premise.  In essence, by spending a concentrated effort focusing on one thing, larger, more obvious things get missed.  This notion is summarily captured in the phrase, “can’t see the forest from […]

Leadership Influence to Drive Organizational Citizenship

May 26, 2013 by

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Every day is an opportunity for potential risks due to ethical failures.  Leaders are the role models for their team in terms of the understanding and management of risk.  Through their actions, leaders are able to influence organizational citizenship behaviors by defining expectations, modeling compliance and holding everyone accountable for deviations.  “Effective leaders must have […]

Lean Isn’t Just For Manufacturing

April 22, 2013 by

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Lean reflects the use of standardized work/processes, capturing and deployment of best practices, and continuous incremental improvements that provide greater overall value to the customer through the elimination of waste.  The key elements of lean include elimination of waste, elimination of unnecessary work due to poorly defined or designed work flow, and achieving smooth work […]

More Reading on Women and Leadership

March 19, 2013 by

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Here are 10 books, in no particular order, that are worthwhile reads for women in leadership How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership by Marilyn Carlson Nelson Leading from the Front: No-Excuse Leadership Tactic for Women by Angie Morgan & Courtney Lynch Developing Women Leaders: A Guide for Men and Women in […]

The Dialogue: Women and Leadership

March 19, 2013 by

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Enjoying the dialogue regarding women and leadership? It is a reminder that there is much work to be done in closing the gender gap so that more women actualize the C-suite in organizations. Studies have shown that there is still a significant gender gap, with women being under-represented in leadership positions (Liff & Ward, 2001; […]

Developing Talent

March 14, 2013 by

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One of the biggest opportunities leaders have is to develop future leaders.  This can be challenging, given the constraints on the leader’s time and focus.  By taking the time to build into the culture and even the leader’s day opportunities to identify and develop talent, leaders are able to create a ready pool for succession […]

Strategies to Maximize Mentoring Relationships

March 6, 2013 by

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The mentoring relationship has the potential to benefit the mentor, protegé and the organization.  Social exchange theory can provide a theoretical framework for the context of the mentor-protegé relationship.  Research has identified several factors that maximize mentoring relationships. These include but are not limited to trust, cost-benefit ratio and reciprocity.  How these factors can influence the […]

Choosing a Mentor

March 1, 2013 by

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Mentoring is one the primary means for individuals to learn new skills, develop self-efficacy, build networks and assimilate into new situations.  “Mentoring is often described as a symbiotic relationship between two adults who assist each other to meet mutual career objectives in an organization or professional discipline” (Haines, 2003).  When effective, the mentor is able […]

Mentoring

February 25, 2013 by

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Formal and informal mentoring programs can speed the development of talented staff and help develop a wider pool of talented future leaders and managers within the organization. Mentoring, in essence, is a relationship in which senior members of an organization provide support and guidance to junior members of the organization in either an informal or […]

Employee Engagement Strategies

February 18, 2013 by

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Leaders must recognize that in today’s market, cradle to grave secure employment is a distant memory at best and not necessarily something that employees are looking for.  Workers are motivate by more than just a secure position, compensation and benefits packages.  Strategic leaders recognize this and understand the importance of engaging in strategies to create […]