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

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

j0178793This is an excellent article about how to keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs.

Source: Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

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.

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.

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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More Reasons Women Need to Negotiate Their Salaries

Here is yet more information on this topic for women and their career development:

More Reasons Women Need to Negotiate Their Salaries – HBR.

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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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How to Get the Feedback You Need – HBR

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You know you need feedback to learn and grow, yet most people are not good at asking for it.

While receiving feedback can be “a stressful experience,” here are some great ideas about specifically how and why we should request it more often:

How to Get the Feedback You Need – HBR.

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.

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.