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January 13, 2017

Weekly Round-Up: Secret Ingredient for Leadership, Companies Responding to a Crisis, Speaking Effectiveness, Becoming Real Change, & Building Trust

Welcome to my weekly round-up of recent 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 read articles on the secret ingredient to extraordinary leadership, the power of the CEO and how companies respond to a crisis, reasons to moderate your energy in speaking effectively, making change real and evident, and how to give feedback that builds trust in relationships.

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.

  • The Secret Ingredient For Extraordinary Leadership
    By Jane Purdue (@leadchangegroup) Lean Change Group

    “Do you (or your organization) use the vending machine approach to leadership? That approach is when someone asks the boss a question (inserting the coins) and out pops (like the candy bar, soda, or bag of chips) the correct answer…”
  • CEO Power and How Companies Respond to a Crisis
    By Adi Gaskell (@adigaskell), The Horizons Tracker

    “In a period of tremendous change, as typified by what is increasingly called the 4th Industrial Revolution, you could argue that organizations exist in a state of permanent crisis, but clearly some crises are bigger than others. Such circumstances require a speed and breadth of response that marks them out as different…”
  • Speaking Effectiveness: Reasons to Moderate Your Energy
    By Kate Nasser (@KateNasser), Smart SenseAbilities Blog

    “When you speak to others, do you moderate your energy? When you are passionate about a topic or cause, do you sound like a megaphone and run over people? It turns people off and reduces your influence. Here’s how to stop this from happening…”
  • Attention Change: Time to Become Real and Evident
    By Jon Mertz (@ThinDifference), Thin Difference

    “New year resolutions are a waste of time. By the second week of February, 80 percent of resolutions will fade. Like an early winter storm, there is a flurry of initial action, and then we get buried and stuck until someone comes along and pulls us out. We hear the voice of “Attention Change!” yet our actions never wake-up…”
  • How to Give Feedback That Builds Trust in a Relationship
    By Randy Conley (@RandyConley), Leading With Trust

    “Giving feedback to someone is a “moment of trust” – an opportunity to either build or erode trust in the relationship. If you deliver the feedback with competence and care, the level of trust in your relationship can leap forward. Fumble the opportunity and you can expect to lose trust and confidence in your leadership…”

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

-David Grossman


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