Leadership Lessons from the Emperor: Part 2 of 2

Disney Last week, we uncovered some of the leadership lessons from the movie The Emperor's New Groove, specifically some positive and negative actions. At some point, in changing into a llama, the emperor's character MINDSETS Anyone Can Be a Leader The villager in the movie, Pacha, comes to the emperor's palace simply to plead his case against the emperor building…

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Leadership Lessons from the Emperor: Part 1 of 2

via disney.com Remember that movie The Emperor's New Groove? It was based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale about a couple of conmen who sell an emperor clothes that can only be seen by those who aren't incompetent. The truth is there are no clothes but the emperor is much too proud to call BS. The movie adaptation focuses on a similar…

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Leadership Behavior: Active Listening

More than just "paying attention", active listening involves suspending judgment and reflecting back to the speaker that you understand what they are saying[1]. The dynamics of these components are much more complex than they sound because it requires a certain mindset, not just attention. For a leader, it requires not only wanting to see the world from someone else's perspective,…

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Check Your Optimism at the Door

Effective leaders should be optimistic, right? Optimism, however, is not necessarily a sign an effective leader. The level of optimism someone has in order to be effective unfortunately presents the same whether the individual actually has the qualifications being considered[1]. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology measured individuals' optimism regarding their own performance. There were positive and…

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Why Networking Matters to Leadership

Why Networking matters
Analyzing whether networking is critical to effective leadership depends on how that leadership is defined. If the key for any leader to be effective "is for them to be themselves, but with more skill"[1], then a network might seem useless. This might suggest leadership is innate, not developed; but leadership can be grown through the development of skills. According to…

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Design Thinking: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid [Infographic]

Last week, I posted an infographic on outlining what Design Thinking is and is not. Now we'll get into the key points that people should keep in mind while going through the process. Sources Design Thinking Comes of Age - Jon Kolko, Harvard Business Review Design Thinking, Explained - Rebecca Linke, MIT Sloan School of Management Design Thinking is Bullshit…

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Design Thinking: What It Is & What It Is Not [Infographic]

Design Thinking is a fantastic way to solve problems you're facing at your company or organization in all types of projects. Here are the key elements: Be sure to check out pitfalls to avoid in Design Thinking! Let me know if you have any questions about Design Thinking in the comments below or sending me an email.   References Teaching: Leading…

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My Top 6 Books to Improve Productivity

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[In a hurry? Scroll to the bold header "The List"] productivity /noun/ the state of yielding results; a measure of output per unit of input Why productivity? We each think of something a bit different when we think about how productive we are or could be. When I think about productivity, I consider the constraints of time and resources that…

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Transformational Leadership: A Relationship for Better or Worse

There are many ways to measure leadership. One such, from Colquitt, LePine, and Wesson [1], breaks it down into three dimensions: Intellectual stimulation Individualized consideration Inspirational motivation Personally, I challenge myself in both professional and personal circles when it comes to intellectual stimulation, which dilutes that dimension when it comes from an external source. Similarly, I pride myself on seeking…

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Leadership Behavior: 4 Ways to Reduce the Halo Effect

Last week's eclipse (and all its brilliant radiance) nudged my memory to an often overlooked and more prevalent phenomena. The halo effect, emitting its own type of radiance, is when you perceive one trait as being positive and therefore associate other related traits as also being positive. It can also work in reverse, associating a negative trait in a similar…

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