Businesses should not be content with one leader

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When executives think of the word leader, they may think of someone who is alone in their role – a chief executive officer, a senior manager or a project leader, for example. However, the fact of the matter is that businesses can really benefit by having multiple leaders, even if only a couple of leadership positions exist. This will help them bolster the autonomy of their workforce and gives firms more options in case one person steps down or moves to a new role – they will instantly be able to find a replacement. Huffington Post contributor Stedman Graham made a deft observation when he proclaimed there are far too few leaders in the world. The more leaders there are, the more reliable and effective an  Read the full article…

The onus is on leaders to push for greater innovation

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Most companies strive to be creative. For good reason too – if one looks at some of the most successful businesses in the United States, they generally lead their industry due to their various innovations. Take a look at Google, for instance. The Internet company has come out with numerous successful products and services, ranging from the Android operating system to the basic Web search browser, and as a result, everyone wants to work for the firm. In fact, one  report from Forrester Consulting found that creativity in the workplace can be tied to exceptional revenue growth, greater market share, competitive leadership and an influx of people with high-value talent looking to work for the brand in question. Yet at the same time, 61 percent of  Read the full article…

Where are today’s business leaders struggling?

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Business leaders command a lot of respect at the office. Whether they are a top-ranking senior official or simply a project leader, these people are expected to be the drivers of change and forward momentum in the business landscape. Without capable leaders, companies will struggle to achieve organizational objectives and may stagnate or lose ground in their respective markets. However, not all organizations are confident in their business leaders, and even some of these senior employees themselves have admitted they face numerous obstacles that block the progression they want to achieve. A recent study conducted by DDI World polled more than 13,000 business leaders and 1,500 human resource professionals and noted the bumpy roads that many corporations face as they look to develop strong leaders and empower these individuals  Read the full article…

The importance of management training to employee engagement

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Many businesses love utilizing a “promote from within” strategy to find new managers and leaders. This strategy has a number of benefits – it gives workers additional motivation to try their hardest to earn a promotion. Hire from within strategies can also minimize downtime associated with hiring a new manager. People who have been working for a company for a long time already know the ins and the outs of workplace operations, whether it is something important such as paperwork that needs to turned in weekly or something more trivial such as where the coffee is stored. The downsides of hire from within strategies However, this approach to hiring and promotion is not without its fair share of drawbacks as well. The biggest one is the  Read the full article…

How to have a greater impact at work

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For many modern workers, one of the worst feelings that one can experience in the workplace is helplessness. People may often feel like they do not matter or think that all the changes they want to make get shut down for one reason or another. This can even extend to interactions with other companies – sometimes people feel like they just cannot get any traction with any of the suggestions they offer. This can be a very demoralizing feeling and may even lead to workers – even high-level executives – rethinking whether they even want to continue working for their current employer. Although this is a common dilemma many workers encounter, it is important to realize that it is possible for individuals to enact meaningful change at  Read the full article…

3 situations that can be avoided through better influence

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Influence has become a critical business tool in the current work environment. Many people are hired because of their unique skill sets and experiences – they have attended particular schools, worked at certain companies, held specific positions or taken unique classes that have allowed them to excel at their jobs. However, those skill sets and experiences can only get a person so far. Successful business leaders and managers also need the interpersonal skills that allow them to make the most out of the tools in their possession. These interpersonal and communication skills often form the basis of influence in the workplace and help separate effective leaders and managers from ineffective ones. Business leaders with the power of influence are often able to communicate in ways that make  Read the full article…

Are management skills evolving?

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In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing industries and markets, few well-laid plans last for a long period of time, meaning that businesses must focus on continuous performance improvements to remain relevant, effective and successful. Although this tenet can be applied to a wealth of operational demands within the average workplace, few compare to the intensity with which leadership and management skills are evolving in the current era. From a rapidly transforming workforce that is getting younger on the whole with the passing of each year to similar changes in consumer and corporate purchaser behaviors, the best practices of management are much different today than they were even a short decade ago. As such, decision-makers should ensure that they are garnering the skills and following the best practices that  Read the full article…

Preparing a new generation to lead

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The millennial generation is a unique one. They tend to be characterized as innovative and fast-learners due to the way they have picked up new technologies and made these tools a part of their lives. Millennials are also known as ambitious go-getters who do not settle, they are always looking for new and exciting experiences and ways to grow. Of course, some people also say they are lazy or entitled, which may affect their ability to lead. Whether or not company executives ascribe to any of those beliefs, there is no denying that millennials are quickly becoming dominant contributors in the work force. Citing data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Brookings Institute, The Tennessean recently reported that Generation Y currently accounts for approximately 24  Read the full article…

Using Influence to Land That Job or Get That Promotion

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Face it…interviewing for a job or asking for a promotion can be unsettling.  There are a number of ways you can employ influence. In this case we will discuss a combination of the Push and Pull Influences Styles of Persuading and Bridging, respectively. The first step is preparation. When interviewing outside of your present company, do some homework. For starters, visit the organization’s website to read about the mission, vision, and values. If the company is publicly traded, you might also check their standing in the marketplace through independent reports which are easily obtained online. The fruits of this research can be very effectively leveraged at the interview as you impress the interviewer with your level of preparation. Once in the interview, you will use  Read the full article…

How to be More Influential in 2019

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Know Thyself Influence is all about our behavior…period. Therefore, the more you understand about how your behavior impacts others, the more focused you can be in setting and working toward achieving personal learning goals and other desired outcomes. So how do you explore this area for yourself?  At SMS, we use a 360-degree influence style assessment tool. This tool helps people understand how their actions impact others, regardless of their intent, when using the behaviors associated with any of the four Influence Styles. Once you know the impact you are having on someone, you are better able to influence that person, especially in a difficult relationship. This, in and of itself, will naturally begin healing that relationship.  Remember, influence is the behavior you use to  Read the full article…