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

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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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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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.

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.

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.

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity

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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.