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August 21, 2015

Weekly Round-Up: Phrases Successful Leaders Never Use, How to Lead Collaboratively & Work-Life Balance

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.


This week you’ll see articles on how long hours backfire for employees and companies, the importance of storytelling in leadership and phrases successful leaders never use.  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.

    • Change Leaders, Where Has All Your Passion Gone?
      By The Switch and Shift Team (@switchandshift)
      Here at Switch & Shift, we surveyed our brilliant League of Extraordinary Thinkers and asked them if they think leaders are as passionate about their work as they expect their employees to be. Here are their responses…”
  • Phrases Successful Leaders Never Use
    By Zoe Anderson, (@SkipPrichard) Skip Prichard Blog
    Words have power. Just ask any successful leader. Whether in business, politics, or life, the right words can open the doors of opportunity, while the wrong words can get that same door slammed in your face…”
  • The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies
    By Sarah Green Carmichael (@skgreen), Harvard Business Review
    Managers want employees to put in long days, respond to their emails at all hours, and willingly donate their off-hours — nights, weekends, vacation — without complaining. The underlings in this equation have little control; overwork cascades from the top…”
  • How to Lead Collaboratively
    By Mark Lukens (@marklukens), Fast Company
    Isaac Newton famously said that if he had seen far, it was "by standing on the shoulders of giants." Dramatic as that statement is, it's a poor model for understanding leadership. Leaders don't rise above everyone else…”
  • What’s Your Story?  Leadership and Stroytelling
    By Julie Winkle Giulioni (@Julie_WG), SmartBlog on Leadership
    Storytelling — once the stuff of childhood nighttime rituals — has grown up and is quickly becoming a go-to tool in the very adult world of business. MBA programs, workshops, and coaches all offer strategies and support to help today’s leaders craft a better story…”


What were some of the top leadership articles you read this week?

-          David Grossman 


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