MENTOR AND PROTÉGÉ

MENTORING AT WORK: ADVANTAGES AND CHALLENGES An organization can maximize the potential of its internal workforce through mentoring programs. By developing its existing staff, a company can save on the cost of hiring from the outside, uncover hidden talent, boost staff retention, and see protégés direct their creative energy toward finding innovative solutions. The key…

Happy 2018

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FUNDAMENTALS OF EFFECTIVE MENTORING

Mentors need to possess three fundamental skills before they can implement the nine mentoring practices: 1. Understanding self-actualization. Once people have met their basic survival needs, their motivation turns to personal fulfillment. Mentors need to understand their protégés’ ideas of what they need to have meaningful and fulfilling careers. 2. Fostering self-awareness. Mentors must help…

MENTORING

MENTORING: DEFINING A COMPLEX, CHALLENGING ROLE While mentors draw upon similar skills used by advisors, coaches, and confidants, they also employ special skills that distinguish the mentor role from other helping and teaching roles. The unique characteristics of mentoring relationships include: *Offline assistance. Mentoring happens outside the scope of formal work responsibilities. Outcomes of the…

PLANNING FOR CHANGE

PLANNING FOR CHANGE A detailed plan is essential for success. Based on initial assessments, leaders must determine specific courses of action for each stage of the process and what resources will be needed. They should then focus on winning over key people in the organization. The Plan Despite the pressure to show quick results, leaders…

Change with Confidence

Change with Confidence provides a detailed toolkit for leaders charged with heading up major change initiatives. Drawing on his own experience, Phil Buckley discusses the various stages that are common to change projects, spelling out essential steps to be taken and pitfalls to be avoided. Understanding team members’ needs, communicating with them effectively, providing the support…

CUSTOMER FOCUS

HOW TO EXECUTE ON THE PROMISE OF CUSTOMER FOCUS by Ranjay Gulati To fight commoditization, companies in many industries are shifting their marketing focus from products to solutions — packages of previously stand-alone offerings. But this change requires significant structural change in order to release and leverage the knowledge and expertise that traditionally reside in silos….

COLOR Q PERSONALITY SYSTEM

THE COLOR Q PERSONALITY SYSTEM: ITS FOUNDATION AND HISTORY The idea of defining and describing personality types is as old as civilization itself. Famously, in 400 BCE, Aristotle, Hippocrates, and Galen believed humans were dominated by one of four “humors:” 1. Sanguine people were cheerful and confident 2. Melancholy people were pensive and gloomy 3….

THINKING PROCESS

THE GATEKEEPER OF THINKING People who think positively outperform better-trained, pessimistic workers by more than 50 percent. The prevailing thinking pattern of a team or an organization defines what it is and what it does. The boundaries that the leader sets determine the type of thinking that prevails. Naysayers can influence everyone around them in…

Feel Connected with teams

POWER THROUGH CONNECTION Improving performance by learning new skills is not the only way to heighten production. Sometimes, improving performance depends upon changing the emotional atmosphere and improving employee relationships. When people feel connected to others, they experience less negative stress. Relationships change brain chemistry, making people less vulnerable to negativity. To foster a feeling…

FIRST TIME MANAGER – PART 1

Step-by-step advice to middle managers about how to become better leaders and help their organizations succeed. He illuminates the unique nature of middle management — the opportunity it affords to influence both those in positions above and below — and teaches those working at this level to hone their skills for both the good of…

Team Effectiveness

HOW MANAGEMENT TEAMS CAN HAVE A GOOD FIGHT By Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, Jean L. Kahwajy, and L.J. Bourgeois III When performed constructively, conflict among team members helps teams make high-stakes decisions quickly and effectively. Through their research, the authors found that teams can successfully leverage constructive conflict and limit interpersonal conflict by: 1. Focusing on…