What do you do with an employee who is a top performer in their field but is toxic to everyone around them?
When doing research on toxic work environments, regarding what makes a workplace “toxic” and how to survive working in one, my colleagues and I came upon an interesting phenomenon—individuals who are highly skilled in their professional expertise, and who often are the highest achievers within their organization but who, at the same time “kill” everyone around them (not literally, of course, but they kill the spirit of those who work with them). They produce more than anyone else but are poisonous to their work environment and damaging to those who work with them. We [...]
The concept of leadership has not changed in the last century. The WAY in which one now leads a team of employees has changed rapidly and dramatically. Don’t get left behind or get yourself in a bind by ignoring these crucial concepts for leaders of the present, past and future. Given there are 13 of them, let’s start with the concept of luck.Leadership is Not About Luck
While there is much greater acceptance these days of teachings known as new age, it is unwise to assume that leadership skills will simply come to you. There is value in donning the positive thinking hat, but be certain there is more to leadership than that. More dangerous still, is the belief senior leaders [...]
There is a dearth of leadership in today’s organizations. Don’t take my word for it. You can read studies, research, surveys and more studies by some of the most credible researchers around. And there are just as many theories on how to improve the qualities of today’s leaders. One study shows the average company spent $500,000 in 2008 on leadership development, with a range of $170,000 to $1.3 million, averaging a $2,000 spend per leader. But yet, Deloitte reports that, in 2014, less than 50% of the executive leadership surveyed believes their direct reports have the skills to become part of the C-Suite.
After 10 years as a Chief Learning Officer (CLO) in two different [...]
Oh, how I wish Andrew Shepard was a candidate for the 2016 presidential election. Remember him? The American President? He wasn’t a perfect man, but you grew to trust that he had the country’s best interest top of mind. His opponent demeaned his character because he fell in love with a lobbyist while he maintained excellent leadership qualities. True, that could be dicey since she could hold great influence over him. But he took the high road, at the risk of losing her, because he believed in doing what was right for the country.
Andrew Shepard defines the Presidency as “entirely about character.” Kind of gives you chills, doesn’t it?
The April 2015 Harvard Business [...]