Leadership Reading

Because I see so much great content in doing my job (what a delicious perk!), I’ve started sharing the highlights - a short-cut for you to have access to leadership information you may not have the time to look up but might be interested in knowing.

Happy reading!

From Breakfast Table to Boardroom: Ask for What You Want (Melissa J. Anderson on The Glass Hammer)

Lois Frankel, PhD, and negotiation expert Carol Frohlinger, JD, say “if women are to lead fulfilling lives, they must know and ask for what they want – in the professional and personal space.” Identifying what you want ahead of time, doing your homework, preparing for contingencies, and tactfully yet firmly asking for what you want are foundational steps for successful negotiating…regardless of gender.

VC CONFESSION: “I Have Doubts Once I Think Of Women Founders Having Kids And Being Distracted From Work” (Post by Paige Craig on Business Insider)

What a fascinating interesting post, and wow what comments! A male angel investor “confesses” his second thoughts about supporting a start-up after learning one of the female founders was pregnant. All the “take care” and “take charge” stereotypes come into play in either the post or the comments.

Six Extras that Build Power and Leadership (Harvard Business Review blog by Rosabeth Moss Kanter @rosabethmosskanter)

All too often, power gets defined through its negative connotation…an unfortunate outcome. In this thought-provoking piece, Kanter highlights six building blocks for what I call win-win power: being a good colleague, connecting people, being a giver, framing issues, commitment and diplomacy.

7 Types of Power in the Workplace  (HR Bartender post by Sharlyn Lauby @hrbartender)

This power post has staying power! “…it’s important to realize that power exists in all of us. It’s also possible that you have different kinds of power with different groups or situations.” Written over a year ago, it continues to draw comments. Short, sweet and to the point.

Quote of the week: “When the ego and thinking are treated as the same thing, there is a reluctance to be wrong and a need to defend a point of view rather than to explore the situation. A person should be able to treat his thinking much as a tennis player treats his strokes: he should be able to walk off the court complaining that his backhand was not working very well on that occasion or that it required more practice.” ~Edward De Bono


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