Weekly Round-Up: 4 Steps to Leverage Your Strengths at Work, How to Earn Respect as a Leader & Creating a Culture of Forgiveness

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,May 22, 2015

Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.

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This week you’ll see articles on developing your leadership “X-Factor,” how vision requires action and 4 steps to effectively leverage your strengths at work.  These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you.

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Whether People (Your Employees) Trust You Is Up to You

Posted by David Grossman on Thu,May 21, 2015

Author Stephen Covey defines trust in a simple and clear way—the “confidence born of two dimensions: character and competence.” He describes having low trust as a “hidden tax” on every interaction and transaction, which gets in the way of results and raises costs.

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As a leader, trust starts—or stops—with you. Trust is contagious. When you trust others and demonstrate that you can be trusted, it sets into motion an expectation and opportunity for others to trust and be worthy of trust in return. If you distrust, then others will.

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Starting Thought: The Meaning of Life Is Being Present

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,May 20, 2015

I was recently invited to contribute to a fascinating project on the “meaning of life.” It features interviews with CEOs, writers, researchers, musicians, artists and community leaders on the broad but tantalizing question of where each of us finds meaning in life. I gladly participated in the discussion, and you can find my thoughts later in this post. And if you're interested in reading some really interesting interviews for the project, which was founded by Nicolae Tanase, you can do so at excellencereporter.com.

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I was asked the sole question he asks all of his contributers: “What is the meaning of life?”

And my answer…

What are we all here for? I believe strongly that the meaning of life is about being present, doing our best to live in the current moment and nowhere else. One of the final gifts my mom gave me was this lesson.  She was waging a courageous battle with the worst kind of leukemia and had two goals – to meet her grandchild (my second daughter), and to attend her grandson’s wedding.

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New Download: Top 10 Pain Points Leaders Face Today

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,May 18, 2015

Today’s leaders often need to enhance their communication to better engage with employees and drive business results.  Research shows an estimated $37 billion is lost annually due to employee misunderstanding.  On average, employee misunderstanding costs a 100,000-employee company $62.4 million each year.

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If you identify your pain points as a leader, you can work to correct them, which will improve your business results.  That’s why we put together the Top 10 Pain Points Leaders Face Today.

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Weekly Round-Up: Crafting a Conscious Culture, the Surprising Element That Will Make Your Company Thrive & Building Trust

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,May 15, 2015

Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.

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This week you’ll see articles on building trust, organizational culture and how collaboration makes a great leader.  These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you.

  • Culture and Strategy Are Two Sides of the Same Coin
    By Jamie Notter (@jamienotter), Switch & Shift
    “There’s a lot being written about organizational culture ‘eating strategy for lunch,’ and I certainly understand the sentiment. Most of us have heard about companies who might have chosen a sound strategy, but watched it fall apart because a
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15 Employee Engagement Stats to Know in 2015

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,May 13, 2015

Employee engagement is an important part of any organization.  In order to have a successful company you must engage your employees. 

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We’ve found the 15 most important employee engagement statistics you need to know in 2015 in order to set your organization up for success.

  • 35% of US Managers are engaged in their jobs via Gallup State of the American Manager
  • 54% of employees who were proud of their company’s contributions to society are engaged via Dale Carnegie Employee Engagement Study
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Worried That Your Employees Aren’t Engaged? Here’s What to Do.

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,May 11, 2015

There’s no question that a growing number of business leaders are striving for a more engaged workforce today, particularly with mounting evidence that motivated workers produce better business results.

Yet, as a recent Gallup poll demonstrates, there’s still a whole lot more work ahead to get more employees excited about their jobs.

The Gallup poll found that less than one-third (31.5%) of U.S. workers were engaged in their jobs in 2014. That leaves a majority of employees, 51%, still “not engaged” and 17.5% “actively disengaged.” Gallup defines engaged employees as those who are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and workplace.

Here’s a glance at the trend shift over the past year:

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Weekly Round-Up: Email Mistakes You’re Making Every Day, 29 Employee Engagement Ideas, & Being a Values-Based Leader at Any Level

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,May 08, 2015

Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.

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This week you’ll see articles on “leading up,” must-follow pieces of leadership advice and email mistakes killing your career.  These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you.

  • 6 Email Mistakes Killing Your Career
    By Ravin Carr (@ravincarr), Mashable
    “As you read this article, it is probably safe to assume that your inbox is filling up with emails for you to respond to -– many of these requiring your immediate attention. Whether you realize it or not, email plays a prominent role in your success in the workplace
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Two Times It’s Important to Share Information as a Leader

Posted by David Grossman on Thu,May 07, 2015

How do you decide what information is mission-critical for employees? Many employees want to know everything that’s going on. But that’s impossible to accomplish and is also an unrealistic expectation. 

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Follow these 2 times it’s important to share information with your employees:

  1. A leader’s top priority is sharing information employees need to do their jobs well (work- or job-focused information designed to help employees perform well).
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A 4-Part Method for Better Leadership Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,May 04, 2015

Communication skills are critical to being an effective leader, but they are seldom the reason people are promoted to leadership positions. Even the most personable and engaging leaders can benefit from knowing more about how to strategically use communications to advance their ideas or align their people around a common goal and drive them to action on behalf of the business.

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In our work with multiple organizations, we’ve found it’s not unusual to have a disconnect between leaders’ perceptions of their communications effectiveness and the reality seen – and felt – by their employees.  More than a few leaders are overconfident in their communication abilities and need help to understand more clearly where their strengths and challenges lie. If you ask their teams, these leaders will get lower marks than they’d expect in critical communication areas such as setting context for their goals or communicating in a timely, relevant way to employees.  It’s human nature to think we’re doing better at skills than we are.

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