Are your employees thriving at work? Do they show up each day with a spark of energy, passion and excitement about the learning and growth opportunities unfolding? And as a leader how do you keep this spark burning?
A quick search on amazon reveals that there are nearly 140,000 books on leadership. So where do we begin? Start by asking yourself a very, very tough question, the sort that will stun a room into silence: Why would anyone want to be led by you?
We can take a page from the men's playbook and embrace being more masculine instead of complaining about how it's not fair. If men can "woman" up in the house in growing numbers, then women can certainly "man" up in the workplace at a faster pace. We would love to see women win this race to the finish line that is true "balance."
If you're a leader with an employee who is failing and that employee doesn't know it, you're failing as the leader, not matter how much they like you.
It's hard for an organization to accomplish much when those in leadership positions do not live up to their titles. When I scan the sports landscape for leaders I can follow and support, Laurel Richie, WNBA President, comes to mind immediately.
There are six irresistible words at the start of all major innovations: let me tell you a story. Behind every great change is a well-told tale -- a compelling narrative that pulls you into its world but also teaches you something new about our own world.
I'm here to say "Thank You, David Letterman." More importantly perhaps, I want you (David) to know how much I've learned from you over the many years of watching your late night zaniness.
There are five parts of communication -- what's said, what's not said, words, tone of voice, and body language. Active listening is the process of fully attending to all parts of someone's communication.
When Secretary of Veteran Affairs Bob McDonald visited the Harvard Business School last month, we had a chance to talk to him, following his lecture and introduction by host and Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration Rosabeth Moss Kanter.
Why is it that some leaders are good while others accomplish greatness? I was contemplating this over my morning coffee. I see this play out so often, in business, politics and sports.
I was raised to believe that feelings were like alcohol: something to be experienced only in moderation, if at all. Yeah, it might be OK to laugh a bit or tell your lover that you love them, but most of the time feelings just got in the way.
Vulnerability can be a great strength in business, because it teaches us to engage and to listen. It encourages others to admit when they need assistance, it gives us new skills and it also brings great collaboration on a commercial level.
If you're at the start of a career or in the early stages of a business, few things are more useful than the real histories of those who have gone before. It's just that there's a trick for extracting useful and actionable truth.
When someone starts screaming, your first impulse may be to scream right back. Because you are the boss. That response will not work, and it puts you right in the middle of the argument -- the last place you want to be.
Today, Eileen Fisher, Inc. employs over 1,100 people, has over 60 retail stores, and will likely generate over $300 million dollars in revenue in 2015. Between then and now, despite her success, Fisher never lost her "I don't know" approach.
A few weeks ago I was being interviewed about being a woman in an executive leadership role, and the interviewer asked me, "What were your most defi...