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Want to be a successful interim leader? Do these 4 things

Today’s guest contributor is Richard Lindenmuth, who has walked the interim leader path more than once in multiple industries. He has over 30 years general management experience, is Chairman of the Association of Interim Executives, and author of The Outside the Box Executive.

 

interim leaderHere’s a familiar story of late: A company’s leader has to step down, for any number of reasons, and the board of directors appoints an Interim CEO. Recent examples include United Airlines, DuPont and Twitter—where Interim CEO Jack Dorsey recently became CEO. 

Let’s be clear: an interim CEO is not the same as a CEO even though there are many intersecting skills.

An interim executive parachutes in, takes charge, assuages fears, restores confidence, troubleshoots immediate to systemic problems, takes action, and plots direction—fast. […]

By |December 21st, 2015|Leadership, Workplace tips|2 Comments

3 secrets for being more successful at work

Today’s LeadBIG guest contributor is Parviz Firouzgar, entrepreneur, radio show host, and philanthropist who provides food, clothing, and education to needy children around the world.

 

Isecrets to successt’s no surprise to some that people who dislike their boring-but-safe, 9-to-5 jobs tend to be unsatisfied and unsuccessful in their careers. I believe that’s true because the first ingredient to success is doing what you’re passionate about.

We all need money to get by, but if you ever have the opportunity to take a chance and do what you actually love, take it.

If you don’t like what you do, you will tend to have an aversion to doing what it takes to be very successful. Without passion, it’s almost impossible to distinguish yourself. If you keep your boring and safe job, you can keep your boring and safe income, but I don’t know how happy you’ll be. […]

By |December 10th, 2015|Workplace tips|1 Comment

6 steps to simplify the rules & increase clarity and fairness

LeadBIG is excited to have professors Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones sharing their insights on simplifying the rules with our readers today. Rob Goffee is Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School. Gareth Jones is a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School. Goffee and Jones consult to the boards of several global companies and are coauthors of Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?, Clever, and Why Should Anyone Work Here, all published by Harvard Business Review Press.

 

Goffee and Jones on simplifying the rulesThe discussion of a universal need for “simple rules” produces waves of irritation and complaint—a kind of collective nausea.

People are frustrated by what they experience as a quagmire of rules that limit their creativity and, more fundamentally, their ability to do their jobs properly. Very significantly, this frustration is shared by people outside of organizations who regularly interact with them—customers, consumers, and citizens.

An abiding characteristic of modern societies is that, as individuals, we are forced to deal with increasingly faceless organizations bound by rule systems that are stunningly apathetic to our needs. This is true of people’s interactions with energy companies, transport networks, telecom businesses, and the many state agencies with which we are obliged to do business. […]

By |December 9th, 2015|Leadership|1 Comment

5 ways to run a good meeting and avoid wasting everyone’s time

Today’s guest contributor is Cameron Herold, an executive passionate about good meetings, educator, speaker, driving force behind the growth of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and author of  Double Double. Cameron stepped into leadership young, beginning his first business at age 21.

 

how to run a meetingDo you suspect that your employees groan and grumble when they learn you have scheduled yet another meeting?

If that’s so, I have good news for you because it doesn’t have to be this way.

Meetings don’t have to be terrible.

We can make them better experiences for our employees by improving our leadership skill of running a meeting. […]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Workplace tips|1 Comment

5 ways to make “this diversity thing” work

conflict is part of diversity“This diversity stuff just doesn’t work. We’ve been hiring women and minorities like crazy,” shared a client. “And our culture is in worse shape than it was before.”

This fellow isn’t alone in his doubts and frustration when first trying out this “diversity thing.” Unsure of what diversity really is but feeling internal and external pressure to have more of it, companies opt to simply define it as “making the numbers.” They then task HR with hiring more women and minorities, and that’s when their troubles begin. […]

By |November 3rd, 2015|Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership, Paradox|0 Comments

6 signs of harmful management that decrease workplace optimism

Today’s guest contributor is Shawn Murphy, CEO and founder of Switch & Shift, an organization dedicated to the advancement of human-centered organizational practices and leadership. His book, The Optimistic Workplace, has just been released. When not consulting, Shawn can often be found in the classroom teaching, speaking to audiences, or interviewing top thought leaders on his Work That Matters podcast. 

 

Joy and optimistic peopleWhen it comes to work these days, we’re all expected to do more with less–but is this nose-to-the-grindstone philosophy the best way to run a business? Alarmingly low employee engagement numbers indicate otherwise.

So, if pushing everyone harder isn’t the path to productivity, what is?

I believe that our best work is the product of a positive environment. How it feels to work within an organization is a critical workforce development issue.

We need more leaders who are willing to choose to set a positive tone for their teams despite what senior management isn’t doing. […]

By |October 29th, 2015|Leadership, Personal Development|3 Comments

Women are good for your company’s bottom line

LeadBIG welcomes back guest contributor Debora McLaughlin, CEO of The Renegade Leader Coaching and Consulting Group, executive coach, and author. Debora helps  women, business owners, executives, and managers ignite their inner renegade leader to unleash their full potential, drive their visions, and yield positive results both in business and in life.  

 

women do betterWhen you let women be women in the business world, they do better.

That’s according to a recent report from the Harvard Business Review, which makes the case that traditional thinking – that women should be treated no differently than men in corporate settings – is both flawed and regressive.

A major point made in HBR post is that only about 20 percent of businesswomen make partner. By expecting the same performance and outcomes from women that we expect from men, the corporate world is consciously and unconsciously excluding female leadership. […]

By |October 22nd, 2015|Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership, Women|1 Comment

How to combine vision with 4 leadership models

Today’s guest contributor is Rob-Jan de Jong, speaker, writer, strategy and leadership consultant, and author of Anticipate: The Art of Leading By Looking Ahead. He serves as an expert lecturer at various leading business schools such as the Wharton Business School (USA), Thunderbird School of Global Management (USA), Nyenrode Business University (The Netherlands), and Sabanci Business University (Turkey).

 

 

leadership vision Whether it’s a presidential candidate, a corporate executive or an NFL coach, people admire a leader with vision.

They like someone with a clear idea of where he or she is headed, and who knows how to motivate others to accomplish the goal.

But as much as people might like to say someone is a “born visionary,” in truth, vision is something we develop, not something we arrive in the world with.

One thing visionaries have in common is that they have the ability to notice things early. They recognize that significant change is happening and make use of the opportunities it presents. […]

By |October 15th, 2015|Leadership|1 Comment

Can you identify your distinctive strengths?

This is mash-up post! Part book review and part inspiration, both thanks to Whitney Johnson and her latest book, Disrupt Yourself:  Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work. Be prepared to answer “yes” to Whitney’s question, “Are you ready to jump?”

 

jump on strengthsOne of the most insightful and telling exercises I do in my workshops with women leaders is asking them to list their personal strengths.

It’s amazing to see powerful women pause, either uncertain of what to list or fearful of appearing too brash and bold for knowing what they do well.

Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself, defines a distinctive strength as “something that you do well that others within your sphere don’t.”

A distinctive strength is something that you do well that others within your sphere don't. ~Whitney Johnson Click To Tweet […]

By |October 8th, 2015|Book Review, Personal Development, Women|2 Comments

3 ways for leaders to be role models for going above and beyond

going above and beyondI was working in another state, traveling in an area unfamiliar to me. At the end of the day, I asked a member of the management team if there was a route I could take back to my hotel that might bypass the crazy rush hour traffic.

“Of course there is. I’ll show you,” she replied.

My expectation was that she would provide directions and perhaps show me a map. But that’s not what she meant when she said she would show me.

She wanted me to follow her vehicle as she led me back to the hotel! […]

By |October 6th, 2015|Connections & Communications, Leadership|2 Comments