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.

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.

Office Politics Is Just Influence by Another Name

Great article by Annie McKee, a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, director of the PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program and co-author of Primal Leadership with Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis ,u3peopleas well as Resonant Leadership and Becoming a Resonant Leader.

Think of the really great leaders you have known. Haven’t they all been exceptional in their ability to influence? What would you add to this?

Office Politics Is Just Influence by Another Name – HBR.

Time, Energy and People – Your Three Biggest Assets | Finance Lights

Where is your focus?

Are you focusing your time, thoughts and energy in the right areas? In the right proportions?

This article addresses this so effectively, it could be a “must read” every morning for those of us who are striving for excellence. What are your thoughts?

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Time, Energy and People – Your Three Biggest Assets | Finance Lights.

Mary Barra’s Bumpy Ride at the Wheel of GM | TIME

Great article on leadership. What a role model! Read it and learn. 🙂

I happen to know from my inside view, there really is a new G.M.

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Mary Barra’s Bumpy Ride at the Wheel of GM | TIME.

Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence – HBR

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Have you noticed that those who most could use some help with their emotional intelligence are often the least likely to know it?

Here is a wonderful article on the subject that could help you or someone else shed some light on this. (Remember, unlike IQ, which is largely fixed, EI is something that can be learned and improved, often with the help of good tools and an excellent coach.)

Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence – HBR.

Taking the sting out of criticism at work

Most people have a hard time responding effectively to negative feedback.

Here’s a good article from Fortune Magazine that may help you to think about it,
and subsequently, respond to it in a different way:

Little Girl Covering EarsTaking the sting out of criticism at work.

Easy Steps To Get Respect

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Nice article from Maria Gamble at Forbes about how to get respect, and, the relationship between respect and trust.

Easy Steps To Get Respect.

An Easy Way to Make Your Employees Happier

Here’s an interesting post from Harvard Business Review. I think this information applies to life in general, not just at work. What are your thoughts?
j0398795An Easy Way to Make Your Employees Happier.