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 read articles on 10 ways to listen to your employees, a guide to employee recognition, the worst thing you can do as a leader, work flexibility equals higher work flexibility, and the next generation’s leaders are minimalists. 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.
- Ditch The Employee Engagement Survey -- Here Are Ten Better Ways To Listen
By Liz Ryan (@Forbes), Forbes
“In almost every message that is sent from one person to another, there are two pieces of critical information. One piece is the content of the message itself. The other piece of information is a statement about the communicator’s relationship with the recipient of the message …”
- Employee Recognition: The Complete Guide
By Office Vibe (@Officevibe), Office Vibe
“Employee recognition, as important as it is, can easily become exhausting for any leader. Recognizing each little thing they do, balancing intrinsic vs extrinsic rewards, and helping them grow at work is a lot to handle. You can spend a ton of money, time and energy on recognition without getting any real results. We get it. We’ve been there before …”
- What’s the Absolute Worst Thing You Can Do As a Leader?
By Alli Polin (@AlliPolin), Break the Frame
“Lately, I’ve been noticing some parallels between poor leadership behavior and young kids. Not shocking since I think we’ve all met a childish leader or two. Think about it, poor leaders and small children are willing to dig deeper into a hole instead of ever admitting they’re wrong …”
- Flexible Work Equals More Work
By Adi Gaskell (@adigaskell), The Horizons Tracker
“Back in 2012 I wrote about a study looking at the working habits of those of us fortunate enough to work flexibly. At the time there was still a degree of stigma attached to working remotely as there remained a sense that if you weren’t visible then you were quite probably loafing off …”
- Minimalists: Essential Shift for Next Generation Leaders
By Jon Mertz (@ThinDifference), Thin Difference
“Being a minimalist is a new way to lead. Millennials may adopt a minimalist approach in their leadership style. Minimalists eliminate excess to focus on what matters most in the present. By doing this, minimalists keep their future unfettered from carrying a lot of debt and other baggage …”
What were some of the top leadership articles you read this week?