Klout is a scoring system that supposedly measures a person’s on-line influence. The score ranges from 1-100. Every person’s Klout score is based on their level of engagement on a range of social media platforms. Whether you like it or not, you have a Klout score.
Many psychologists tell us ‘we teach people how to treat us.’ Something worth reflecting on. Recent conversations have made me think about what some leaders or organisations are teaching people how to treat them. The written policies, protocols and espoused norms and expectations can be quickly undermined by observed standards that contradict any spoken or written ones. In the past 6 months, I’ve had more than one person tell me: [Read more…]
In many organisations, the vast majority of workers are B Players. This does not mean they are second rate, they just aren’t the Type A, ambitious, often over-achievers that many organisations consider their ‘stars’. Problem is the ‘stars’ will move on. They have a mission, a path and their main allegiance is to themselves and their careers, not your organisation or a return of goodwill and loyalty for what you have done for them.
Most of the retention survey results I’ve read have indicated the top reasons people leave an organisation are:
Anger, conflict and misunderstandings are part of life-especially in organisations. If you replace accusations and angry tones with respectful curiosity, you may be surprised at the results.
As a manager, there are a lot of things you have to keep confidential, particularly around the ‘people issues’. This can lead to team members thinking you ‘aren’t acting on a situation’.
If you are a good leader, surely those skills will be recognised and noticed? Not always. Sometimes the very actions that make you a good leader can also make you a bit invisible when it comes time for an upward move. Read about some of the strategies that can make you ‘visible’.
Helicopter parents hover, control and stunt growth and independence. Helicopter managers tend to do the same. How do we avoid becoming helicopter managers?In the past two months, several people have said to me ‘You know,I think I am just an entrepreneur or maybe a person that needs to be my own boss because I can’t seem to cope with having a manager’.
Leadership lessons from dog training
You might be surprised by how much dog training can teach us about management!
We have two young Border Collies we are currently training. I am struck once again, by how many of the principles of dog training translate to managing and working with people. (this is not about manipulation but about engaging in a meaningful way to bring the best out in colleagues and direct reports).
At times it seems poor leaders outnumber effective and motivating leaders. Leadership Development is often seen as the solution. Sometimes the answer lies in something much simpler and more effective: manners, conversations that count and the Golden Rule (treat others how you’d like to be treated.)