Holiday rituals bring up stories that bind us and help us to connect with each other in new ways. Recently, I hosted a holiday get together for one of the CEO Forums that I facilitate. Spouses and significant others were also invited. The dialogue was lively with many conversation strands going on at one time. […]
What is influence? I define it as the ability to persuade or impact another or others in such a way that they honor your request, take a course of action you recommend or make a change in how they behave or in their belief system.
With Steven Covey’s passing this week, I’m reminded of his outstanding work, particularly the 7 Habits book which had global impact on the thinking and actions of so many. Which is your favorite of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? Perhaps a quick reminder might be useful. The following comes from Wikipedia.
I was about to slip more than 1,000 feet down a cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. My husband Lewis and I just arrived on the island of Kauai and we couldn’t wait to hike the Nā Pali Coast with its ancient Hawaiian foot trails. The Nā Pali is on the North Shore of the […]
How you attempt to influence others counts – It counts in how you inspire others, in the people you attract to work with you and in the alliances you build. Yet there’s little readily available information on how leaders can better understand what they are doing well to influence others and what is missing. I’d like to share a few observations that can help you enhance your influencing skills.
Unlike some of the more attractive and frequently discussed leadership competencies like being visionary, consistency is often overlooked and undervalued. People want to count on their leaders to do what they say and say what they’ll do. Consistency sends a powerful message.
Hiring the right talent can be tricky. You want the candidate to fit into your organization’s culture and also someone who can be effective on the job. Ideally, the person you hire will be a top performer and with your organization for a good period of time. The tricky part comes in when you consider […]
Many CEOs and leaders handle the urgent and important parts of their role effectively – like seeing an opportunity that has a short window to take advantage of and going for it. It’s when a situation is important, but not urgent that there’s procrastination. For example, you realize that your market is changing and you know that you need to meet with your team to assess your current strategy, but there’s so much going on that you just keep putting off the planning session. Now your procrastination may be for a good reason like “We need to address this other challenge first, it’s time sensitive…” And, here lies the danger.
One of the hallmarks of effective leadership is the ability to distance oneself from a work situation and to look at it with detachment. By “helicoptering” over an issue, problem or decision, you as a leader can be more objective because you can see the situation from a less self-centered view. When you look at what’s going on from a distance and minimize the “it’s about me” factor, you can improve your critical thinking skills and often find new and creative alternatives.
The new year has begun and many of us have spent the last several weeks searching for appropriate gifts to give people we value and care about. Our normal multi tasking seemed to go on steroids as many of us tried to balance all the things on our to do list with the festivities and […]