What’s Your Managerial Personality?
by Sander Marcus, Ph.D. - May, 2007
5 different managerial personality styles — and the upsides and downsides of each. The General – If you’re a General, you’ve got the most traditional management style there is. An office is like the military, and you are the senior officer in charge. You are the General Patton of the business world. You are in charge of everything. You are a complete and thorough autocrat. Your word goes. If anyone doesn’t do what you want...
Leadership and Vision - What's Your Cathedral?
by Liz Bywater, PhD - Apr, 2007
Can leadership exist where there is no vision? For perspective, let us review the Story of the Three Stonemasons. Three stonemasons were busy at work when a passerby asked them, “What are you doing?” The first stonemason responded, “Laying bricks, sir.” The second mason answered, “Earning a living.” But, when asked by the passerby what he was doing, the third stonemason said, “I’m building a cathedral.” The thir...
The Art of Leadership - Talking the Walk
by Liz Bywater, PhD - Apr, 2007
If leadership is about influence, what is the conduit of influence? How do great leaders gain the support and commitment of their followers? How do they convey their ideals, goals, and strategies to the people who can help them bring it all to fruition? Simply enough, it all begins with outstanding communication. Superb communication is the cornerstone of great leadership. Whether you are a corporate executive, a team leade...
Five Steps to A Distinctive Executive Resume
by Abby Locke - Apr, 2007
No-one can deny the importance of a résumé in a job search. Despite the invention of web portfolios, online applications, and leadership profiles, you will find that a well-written résumé is still a highly effective tool for interviewing, networking, and relationship building purposes. For executive jobseekers, the job search arena is a whole different playing field. The compensation is higher, but the competition for C-lev...
The Art of Leadership: Part One
by Liz Bywater, PhD - Feb, 2007
How do we begin to understand the art of leadership and its indisputable importance in today’s world? Research, theory, and general musings on the topic can be found in abundance. In fact, if you were to do an online search of “leadership,” you’d find literally millions of entries. We tried this recently and unearthed 173,000,000 on Google alone. We read, hear, and talk about leadership all the time. We read about the execu...
A Leadership Checklist: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Feb, 2007
No matter how successful and talented you are, you’ve made mistakes and have acquired some bad habits. Some are old; others have seemingly popped up overnight. Behaviors that may have worked well for you in the past can render you ineffective in the present. Perhaps you’re dissatisfied with your performance review. Maybe you’re bothered by a nagging feeling that you’re not at your peak. It’s time to wake up. Even outstandin...
Mars and Venus in the Workplace: Gender Differences at Work
by Janet Stoffer - Feb, 2007
Effective Communication – it’s tough to succeed in the workplace without it. But different people have different styles… Susan is a manager at a mid-sized manufacturing facility. One day, John, her boss, dropped by to visit her and witnessed the following exchange. Susan was talking to Lisa, one of her direct reports. “Do you think you could finish this report by Friday morning? I’d certainly appreciate it. And also...
Get The Competitive Advantage - Invest In Yourself!
by Liz Bywater, PhD - Jan, 2007
Now more than ever, savvy business owners, managers, and senior executives are discovering the benefits of working with a coach. Whether top performers looking to accelerate their progress, entrepreneurs navigating the rugged terrain of self-employment, or new managers learning the interpersonal complexities of their work, smart business people are reaching the same conclusion. Mentoring fuels success. Call it coaching or c...
The 20 Annoying Workplace Habits You Need to Break Now
by Marshall Goldsmith - Jan, 2007
Winning too much: The need to win at all costs and in all situations -- when it matters, when it doesn’t, and when it’s totally beside the point. Adding too much value: The overwhelming desire to add our two cents to every discussion. Passing judgment: The need to rate others and impose our standards on them. Making destructive comments: The needless sarcasms and cutting remarks that we think make us sound sharp an...
Your Value Proposition is Critical for Job-Finding Success
by Mark Hovind - Jan, 2007
Poke your head in a decision-maker’s door and watch what happens next. He or she will look up from the desk and ask: What do you want? What good are you ... exactly? What makes you so special? Why should you get the big bucks? Why should I waste my valuable time talking to you? Why should I care that you even exist? Why should I do anything at all?If you provide clear, concise and compelling answers to these question...
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