Posts Tagged ‘Evelyn Clark’

Take the Lead!

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Betsy Myers’ new book, Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, discusses key traits of today’s most effective leader and offers examples from her own experience.  A Presidential adviser to both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Myers illustrate her points with stories “from the Oval Office to the playground,” the latter being lessons from her experiences as a mom.

According to Myers, half the workers in the U.S. are disengaged because they don’t feel valued or supported. She says that to better manage today’s workforce, a leader needs to adopt these three essential behaviors:

  1. Become more conscious of people’s needs and how the leader interacts with employees
  2. Ask questions to collaborate with employees rather than expecting to have all the answers, as many leaders think they must
  3. Be aware that a leader creates feelings, either positive or negative

In an interview with ABC News, Myers points out that when employees “feel valued, supported, encouraged, acknowledged, and clear about what their job is,” they’re happy with their work. She says “we need to work together so everyone can win!”

Watch her interview on ABC News at http://tinyurl.com/3bmbnoy

 

Thousands of executives, top-flight sales leaders and savvy marketers have learned—with Evelyn Clark’s help—how to identify, create and deliver messages that stick in audiences’ minds. An author, workshop/retreat leader and keynoter, she is a recognized expert and pioneer in organizational storytelling. Learn about her Corporate Storytelling® system and services, or buy her book, at www.corpstory.com.

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Lessons from Steve Jobs on Succession

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

A phenomenal visionary and innovator, Steve Jobs also demonstrated a lot of skill as a leader. One case in point is the thoughtful way he handled succession planning, an area many CEOs avoid, to their company’s disadvantage.

Information Week writer Robert Strohmeyer reported earlier this year that author Carmine Gallo, who followed Jobs’ career closely over the years and wrote two well-received books about him, identified the five key lessons to be learned Jobs’ succession planning:

  1. Focus on the customer, client, and user experience, above everything else
  2. Ensure that the culture of the company is held up as a higher value than a particular person’s leadership so that everyone realizes the company can succeed without certain individuals
  3. Control the core message and exemplify it (walk your talk)
  4. Be proactive about turning over the reins gradually so that people become accustomed to the new CEO before it’s time to leave
  5. Select your successor by evaluating the person’s ability to do the job rather than assessing whether the personality is similar to yours

What do you think is most important to remember when preparing to step down from a leadership role? Please offer your thoughts, ideally based on your experience.

Thousands of executives, top-flight sales leaders and savvy marketers have learned—with Evelyn Clark’s help—how to identify, create and deliver messages that stick in audiences’ minds. An author, workshop/retreat leader and keynoter, she is a recognized expert and pioneer in organizational storytelling. Learn about her Corporate Storytelling® system and services, or buy her book, at www.corpstory.com.

 

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Creating Inspirational Leaders in the Lab?

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

In an effort to understand what makes a leader inspirational, researchers are hoping to be able to identify areas of the brain that are different in those who are inspirational–and then to use neurofeedback to develop similar wiring in others in order to develop more charismatic leaders. So far, their research findings are promising.

As reported in the “Academy of Management Perspectives,” researchers have identified the area of the brain that helps form “socialized visionary communication,” which in turn helps followers to perceive a leader as inspirational or charismatic. What do you think about this? Is it reassuring to think that a person’s wiring can be manipulated this way? Or a bit frightening to realize how close we’re getting to the sci-fi scenarios described in Brave New World?

 

 

 

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