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Will This Be The Year Leaders Put Employees First?

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As we approach the end of the first month of this new year, many of us are now well under way in implementing our plans and strategies to achieve the goals we’ve mapped out for the next 11 months. In terms of what leaders view as their top goals to achieve this year, a new study reveals some interesting opportunities, and with it, some key obstacles leaders will need to address if they are to help their organization move forward.

In the CEO Challenge 2014 study carried out by The Conference Board, CEOs and presidents from over 1 000 organizations around the world were asked to identify what they saw as the top challenges for their organization. While it wasn’t surprising to see innovation and customer relationships being included in the top 5 challenges, the study’s most revealing finding is how the top challenge for leaders worldwide was Human Capital – namely, how to engage, retain, manage and develop their employees.

In other words, leaders in every region of the world recognize that their employees are the defining factor both for their organization’s ability to achieve their goals this year, and as well as for their overall long-term success. As Rebecca Ray, Senior Vice President, Human Capital at The Conference Board, and co-author of this study points out:

“This emphasis on people-related issues makes perfect sense in a still-uncertain economy. Building a culture that supports engagement, employee training, leadership development, and high performance is something companies can control, and can mean the difference between growing market share and simply surviving in 2014. Moreover, if the focus of individual companies is sustained, Human Capital may well be the engine that revives economic growth.”

This is certainly encouraging news, as it reflects a growing shift from the survivalist/just treading water mindset to one that seeks opportunities for development and growth. However, we do have to be mindful of Click here to continue reading »”Will This Be The Year Leaders Put Employees First?”

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #14 – Matthew E. May On How To Encourage Creativity & Innovation

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In today’s increasingly competitive, global market, it’s understandable why so many leaders are trying to figure out how to foster innovation in their organizations. So how is it that some organizations seem to thrive on the cutting edge while others can barely get their innovative initiatives off the ground? That’s the focus of my discussion with one of the world’s top experts on innovation and creativity, Matthew E. May.

Matt is a popular speaker, creativity coach, and advisor who has worked with management teams from companies like ADP, Intuit, Edmunds, and Toyota, to help them discover innovative solutions to complex issues. He is also the founder of Edit Innovation, an ideas agency based in Los Angeles, California.

In addition to his speaking and consulting work on creativity and innovation, Matt has written and has had his work featured in many respected publications such as Harvard Business Review, University of Toronto’s The Rotman Magazine, Fast Company, Thinkers50, TIME, Inc Magazine, strategy+business, Forbes, MIT/Sloan Management Review and American Express OPEN Forum.

Matt is also the author of four critically acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling books on creativity and innovation, including his latest book, “The Laws Of Subtraction: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess Everything”.

In this 14th episode of my show, Matt shares his insights into how we can tap into our organization’s collective creativity and drive innovation initiatives – including a fun, little exercise whose answer even had me surprised at its simplicity and elegance; you definitely want to check this out and even try it with your team and organization.

In addition to this insightful exercise, some of the other ideas and insights Matt and I discuss in our conversation include: Click here to continue reading »”Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #14 – Matthew E. May On How To Encourage Creativity & Innovation”

Leading For A Better Tomorrow

Leadership preparing for the future

The following is a guest piece by Bruce Rosenstein.

How can leaders best shape the future of their organizations?

Despite all of the competing demands in a leader’s day, it is important to be focused on the future as well as the present. Peter Drucker, who was considered to be the “father of modern management,” did not mince words when he advised managers and leaders about the dangers of complacency and putting off the future. That’s why I believe that it is important to tap into some of his most pointed and provocative advice for creating the best possible futures for our organizations.

Consider how the following quotes resonate with your own conception of leadership as it relates to the future. What ideas do they give you for changing the future direction of your organization? And can they be applied not just to your own place of work, but to your entire profession?

…the seemingly most successful business of today is a sham and a failure if it does not create its own and different tomorrow. It must innovate and re-create its products or services but equally the enterprise itself.” – The Executive in Action, 1996

Can you think of examples of seemingly successful businesses that ultimately failed because they did not Click here to continue reading »”Leading For A Better Tomorrow”

3 Leadership Attributes Revealed Through Serving Others

Leadership lessons from serving your community

The following is a guest piece by Chi-Dooh Li.

In the early 1980s, I was gripped by the idea that land ownership was the key to breaking the cycle of rural poverty in Central America, where I had lived for three years as a young boy. Today, this idea has flourished into a wonderful organization named Agros International which is helping landless communities in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico achieve land ownership.

The organization has established 42 villages in those countries and has touched thousands of lives.

I have spent the last 30 years working with the poor and would love to share three of the biggest leadership principles that I have learned from the experience with you.

1. Open yourself to unconventional thinking
If you expect to be a leader you have to break out of the tendency to follow the crowd, which is very strong in our culture. If you think like everyone else, there is will be no one left to lead. If you want to be a leader you have to embrace unconventional thinking.

Conventional thinking would not have permitted me to begin Agros. It would have told me that land reform is done by governments, not through private initiative. It would have said that you can’t change things that Click here to continue reading »”3 Leadership Attributes Revealed Through Serving Others”

Fostering A Sense Of Community To Promote Organizational Success

Sense of community fuels organizational success

With the impending arrival of Halloween, many of us are naturally preparing for our neighbourhoods to be overtaken by ghosts, goblins, superheroes and wizards. Although this yearly event tends to be associated with decorating pumpkins and handing out candy, Halloween also provides us with some unique insights on the importance and value of fostering a sense of community in our organization.

As our neighbours, family, and friends can attest, Halloween is a pretty big event in our household. Every year, we transform the front of our house into this magical place for Halloween – the picture above offers a glimpse of what the neighbourhood children have in store when they visit our home.

Being a parent, it comes as no surprise that one reason why I go through all this effort is because I love kids. But there’s another reason behind this drive to create a unique and memorable display for the children and families in our neighbourhood.

While most of us are familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, researchers have found that we are also driven by three core psychological needs, one of them being relatedness. Studies has shown – and our collective human history repeatedly reminds us – that we are all driven to attain a sense of community; of feeling a connection and sense of belonging with those around us.

We’re compelled at an innate level to reach out and bond with those we relate to and who we share a common interest or experience with, a key driving force behind the popularity and growth of today’s social media networks.

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