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.

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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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.

Learning and Unlearning – Josh Linkner – Speaker, Author, VC and Entrepreneur

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Josh Linkner, who is one of my favorite authors has done it again. Here’s a great blog post that every leader should read and think about.

What are you ready to unlearn?

Learning and Unlearning – Josh Linkner – Speaker, Author, VC and Entrepreneur.

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.

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.

Fostering women leaders: A fitness test for your top team

Confident BusinesswomanThe challenges are well known: women in business continue to face a formidable gender gap for senior-leadership positions.

Moreover, there are fewer and fewer women at each step along the path to the C-suite, although they represent a majority of entry-level employees at Fortune 500 companies and outnumber men in college-graduation….

via Fostering women leaders: A fitness test for your top team | McKinsey & Company.