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Entries for June 2016

Julie Winkle Giulioni offers a bracing analogy for leaders who are truly interested in developing the potential of their followers – whether those followers are employees, volunteers or your own children. Giulioni, coauthor of Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want, says developing others “is like brushing your teeth.” Her point is that to be effective, you have to do it every day. “Helping others develop, learn and grow ... may be among the most fundamental responsibilities human beings have to one another,” she says. And yet, in workplaces and homes, the p...

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Dan Rockwell, who blogs under the title Leadership Freak and is a co-author of The Character Based Leader, says there are six signs of successful leadership. Teams respect and leverage each other’s talent.  Management has focus. Teammates believe they matter. Individuals feel safe enough to try new things. Organizations enjoy high morale. Everyone embraces a “make it better” approach. “Good enough” isn’t good enough. The author, who has degrees in theology, construction and design, and a MBA, also says there are six behaviors that can deliver “th...

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  Some will say that being successful in business is all about focusing on shareholder value. The interests of other stakeholders –employees and their families, customers or clients, communities, vendors and creditors, for example – are secondary at best. Others say success in business is about balancing the interests of all the organization’s stakeholders. Recent research regarding the factors in long-term success favors this second perspective: balance. But Edward S. Lampert is a throwback. The head of Sears is focused only on short-term shareholder value. And that focus seems to be kil...

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  It was early in the days of personal computers. Word processing and spreadsheets were common applications among early adopters. But computer-to-computer communication was in its infancy and no one had a web browser yet. Enterprising school administrators were getting their first computers, but computer labs in most schools were still a few years away. In our diocese we were meeting with school principals to explain the concept of email and to help them get started installing computers and modems so they could communicate with one another and with folks in the diocese’s education office. One day my pho...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute My mom was an incredible woman. After she gave me life, she nurtured me physically and emotionally for as long as she lived. As time passed she also gave life to nine more children, my siblings. As a tribute to her wisdom, patience, persistence and selfless model of love, the nine of us who are still alive remain close – as do our more than 40 children. Mom to the rescue At 27 years of age, my wife and I were hired as a team to take over a broken-down chain of five small town weekly newspapers near where our parents were living. The chain had not grown nor ...

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When we talk about being a Jesus-like Leader, we say it is a matter of aligning four things: Heart; Head; Hands; and, Habits. Recently, Lead Like Jesus co-founder Ken Blanchard suggested in a non-religious context that we should try to make servant leadership a habit. Knowing that servant leadership works, why don’t more of us do a better job of being servant leaders? The problem is two-fold, Ken says. Some of us are too driven by pride. Others are too driven by fear. And as a matter of fact, we can be driven by both at the same time, making servant leadership all but impossible. Fortunately...

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In the spirit of the old adage “If they give you lemons, make lemonade,” broadcast journalist Shellie Karabell, who has worked for ABC News, PBS, AP Broadcast and CNBC recently offered in Forbes a list of things that good leaders can learn from bad bosses. 1. Mutual respect. She learned its importance from a boss who never let it occur. Instead, she would sneer at people and openly criticize their efforts. The result: “a marked decline in initiative and innovation and a general malaise of spirit within the department that was noticeable and remarked upon by senior management.” When that boss was ...

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  Among our ever endless quests for silver bullets to solve all our problems, many leaders want to know the secret to leading millennials – that huge phalanx of people born roughly between 1980 and 2000. Google HR chief Laszlo Bock, who hires a ton of millennials, says there is no silver bullet – although the temptation to think there is one is fairly universal. “We measure this sort of thing closely, and if you look at what their underlying needs and aspirations are, there’s no difference at all between this new generation of workers and my generation and my father’s generation,...

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We’ve become a big fan of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) and its cofounder and president, Al Lopus. That’s why we weren’t surprised to find an excellent article by Lopus on the importance of trust and how to build it in Christian organizations on the BCWI website. Trust is a unique thing in the material world because it is both the glue that holds organizations together  and it is the grease that allows them to function smoothly despite a host of irritants. If you’re a leader committed to organizational excellence, you’ll want to read this article – and quit...

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