The Proximity Principle

Here’s a very interesting article about the “proximity principle”, something all of us, and especially those of us who are leaders, should be reminded of regularly.  

An extension of “servant leadership”, there is no substitute for showing up, listening and paying attention to those on the ground in your organization.

Check out this recent post from Dan Rockwell on his blog, “The Leadership Freak.”  I think you will like it.

 

Source: The Proximity Principle | Leadership Freak

Workplace Culture is THE Key to Creating Better Employee Well-Being

“Without a thriving workplace culture, organizations may suffer from employee disengagement, stagnant business practices, uninspired products and services, and decreased financial performance.”

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Here the author very accurately addresses how workplace culture and employee well-being effectively go hand-in-hand.

How well is your organization addressing these issues?

Workplace Culture is THE Key to Creating Better Employee Well-Being | TLNT.

The Power and Subtlety of Language in the Workplace

In this final installment of his series, Markku Allison explores how we can dramatically improve the flow of understanding if we are just a little bit more rigorous in making sure we are on common ground with the words we use and the meanings we intend.

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The Power and Subtlety of Language in the WorkplaceWork Design Magazine.

How to Fall Back in Love with Your Job

“One of the toughest things about a rut is acknowledging that you are in one,” says Daniel Gulati, a tech entrepreneur and author.

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Even exciting jobs have boring days. And when you’ve been doing the same tasks, going to the same office, and working with the same people day in and day out, you’re bound to fall into a rut on occasion. When that happens, how do you recognize what’s happening and counteract it? What can you do to revive your interest in your work?

Here’s some great information from Gulati, and esteemed University of Michigan researcher and professor, Gretchen Spreitzer about how to do just that, including a couple of very useful case examples:

How to Fall Back in Love with Your Job – HBR.

Great Leaders Can Think Like Each Member of Their Team

It’s the key to collaboration.

Here ,Brian Uzzi , the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change
at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and the codirector of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), presents the concept of “multivocal leadership.”

Multivocal leadership is not about gaining technical proficiency in multiple areas, but instead, it’s about leaders identifying directly or vicariously through others to fluently broker communication among teammates and guide collaboration.

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Great Leaders Can Think Like Each Member of Their Team – HBR.

Debriefing: A Simple Tool to Help Your Team Tackle Tough Problems – HBR

This is a great tool for anyone who has a team:

Debriefing: A Simple Tool to Help Your Team Tackle Tough Problems – HBR.

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Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership Development

Far from simply a “nicety”, research shows strong evidence that organizations with higher self-awareness have a significantly better bottom line.

We all have blind-spots. What are you doing to address yours?

Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership Development – Forbes.

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Play Up: Thoughts from Josh Linkner

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Imagine you step onto a tennis court, facing a partner that’s at least 50% better than you.

As you volley back-and-forth, you notice the precision of your shots, the power of your serve, and the intensity of your game. Your stronger opponent has raised your level of play, helping you push to new heights of performance.

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Companies Drain Women’s Ambition After Only 2 Years – HBR

This is interesting although discouraging data, but likely not surprising to many. What has been your experience been like?
I’d love to hear about exceptions to this, and, the reasons you think they have occurred.

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Companies Drain Women’s Ambition After Only 2 Years – HBR.

Harness Your Peak Activity Window

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This is something I talk to clients about all the time: the idea that becoming aware of, and then utilizing your natural energy patterns to their maximum advantage will help you be more productive and more effective.

Josh Linkner gives some simple, easy to understand examples here:

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Have you done a personal energy study lately?