Because ongoing learning, exploring, and developing others are in our DNA here at Brraithwaite Innovation Group and Get Your BIG On, we are researching and reading all the time. These posts intrigued us and/or captured our imagination and/or pushed our comfort zones this past week. Here’s hoping they do the same for you…enjoy!
Are you making choices that matter? (Chery Gegelman, Lead Change Group Blog)
This one will get you thinking. Chery asks the $64,000 question: ”Are we engaged and courageously challenging our own comfort zones for the good of those around us or are we sitting comfortably and watching the world go by?”
Six Extras that Build Power and Leadership (Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business Review blog)
The team at BIG is big on helping people step up and into their power. Power gets a bum rap. People believe they don’t deserve to have it or don’t want any. Others think it’s evil and self-serving. Power, in and of itself, is neutral. It only becomes good or bad depending upon how one chooses to use it. In this terrific post, Kanter highlights six building blocks for making power good: being a good colleague, connecting people, being a giver, framing issues, commitment and diplomacy.
Do You Use Verbal White Space? (Steve Roesler, All Things Workplace)
Effective verbal communication skills are a must-have leadership toolkit item. Steve offers up great advice for phrasing your message to assure your meaning is communicated, and not lost in a sea of too many words.
Understanding Bias Is Essential to Inclusion (Mark Kaplan, Diversity Executive)
Ready for comfort zone discomfort? ”The debate about bias is over. Bias is a part of being human. The issue is no longer whether people are biased, but more about how to increase awareness of how bias impacts organizations and what can be done about it.”
Change, Patience, and Reinventing Ourselves (Debbe Kennedy, Women In the Lead)
The butterfly story from Greg Levoy’s Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life is included. It’s a splendid reminder of the power of patience and that sometimes the best help is no help.
Managers: Drive out fear—one thing you can do this week (David Witt, Blanchard LeaderChat)
Great guidance for not letting small things become big problems. What really stood out for us: email is one-way communicating. Real managers make sure two-way communications occur.
Thoughts on success and humility. ”It is said that it is far more difficult to hold and maintain leadership that it is to attain it. Success is a ruthless competitor for it flatters and nourishes our weaknesses and lulls us into complacency. We bask in the sunshine of accomplishment and lose the spirit of humility which helps us visualize all the factors which have contributed to our success. We are apt to forget that we are only one of a team, that in unity there is strength and that we are strong only as long as each unit in our organization functions with precision.” ~Samuel Tilden
Use this week to help those on your team learn to use their heads to manage and their hearts to lead…success requires both!