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?

The secret ingredient that makes some teams better than others | ideas.ted.com

Margaret-Heffernan[1]
“It’s the mortar, not just the bricks, that makes a building strong. The mortar, in a strong team, is social capital: mutual reliance, an underlying sense of connectedness that builds trust.”
Margaret Heffernan

Here’s something amazing from Margaret Heffernan, who is widely regarded as one of the most successful women business leaders in the world.

Essay: The secret ingredient that makes some teams stronger than others

The secret ingredient that makes some teams better than others | ideas.ted.com.

Here also is a link to my previous interview with her on my radio show, “The Leadership Focus.”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-leadership-focus-radio-show/2011/03/02/women-in-leadership-series-a-different-take-on-leadership-today-with-margaret-heffernan

A Story from Google Shows You Don’t Need Power to Drive Strategy – HBR

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A Story from Google Shows You Don’t Need Power to Drive Strategy – HBR.

A great article about positioning from within the organization for power, regardless of formal position or title.

Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others – HBR

I think the author, Sean Graber, co-founder and CEO of Virtuali really nailed it in this article. What would you add?
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Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others – HBR.

The trait that makes women great leaders

Here’s a thought-provoking article from today’s Fortune Magazine.

I love the idea of scrapping the “hard” and “soft” leadership skills, (often implying that “soft” is less substantial or less powerful), and replacing this with “hot” and “cool” leadership styles.

What do you think?

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The trait that makes women great leaders – Fortune.

Introverts, Extroverts, and the Complexities of Team Dynamics

Front view portrait of four business executives sitting in a lineHow can you get the best from deep, quiet team members during meetings? A look at practices used in some organizations points to an answer.

via Introverts, Extroverts, and the Complexities of Team Dynamics – HBR.

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity

j0439382Boy, do I agree with this!

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from one of my coaching clients, “I keep wanting to talk with her/him (their boss) about this, but she/he keeps canceling our meetings. I haven’t had a one-on-one with her/him in months!” This is an engagement killer.

Direct reports with important concerns, great ideas, and positive news are unable to communicate them in a timely manner, and generally feel put-off and devalued.

Not only does this practice destroy your best people’s engagement, it trains them that they must “catch you on the fly” if they are to get your attention… As the article states, this is a “recipe” for increased interruptions and “putting out fires” on your part.

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity – HBR.

Your Coaching Is Only as Good as Your Follow-Up Skills

j0302988I frequently work with leaders to help them learn to apply some of the skills of coaching to their work in developing members of their staff.

When people have experienced how powerful coaching can be, they are usually eager to use some of this with others who work for and with them. Here’s a good (short) article about maximizing these efforts with effective follow-up:

Have you tried these techniques? If so, please share your experience.

Your Coaching Is Only as Good as Your Follow-Up Skills – HBR.

What Executives Value in Their CEOs

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This thought provoking article just came up on the Harvard Business Review blog. I find it to be consistent with my recent observations?

What Executives Value in Their CEOs – HBR.

What do you think?

If you are a CEO, or, an aspiring CEO, how would you measure up?

Women Directors Change How Boards Work – HBR

Business People Walking by WindowWe know that getting more women on teams can boost performance. The examples are numerous: Citing private internal research of 20,000 client teams, EY’s vice chair Beth Brooke has said that the more diverse teams had higher profitability and great client satisfaction than non-diverse teams. And professors Anita Woolley and Thomas W. Malone have learned that increasing the number of women on a team also increases its collective intelligence.

Yet when it comes to one of the most important “teams” a company has — its board of directors — the United States seems to have hit a ceiling of about 16% women, with little by way of national efforts by government or business to increase that number.

via Women Directors Change How Boards Work – HBR.