Positive Self Leadership: Progress, not Perfection

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What’s keeping you from developing positive (self-)leadership? The list of advantages is compelling. Positive leaders are authentic, open, transparent, trustworthy. They coach and support self and others, they see what is working well and try to amplify that. They give people feedback to keep going and to improve. They’re not on people’s back when the goal is clear. They value …

Recharging and Reading Over the Summer

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If you have some time to spare over the summer (or the winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere), how do you recharge? Reading is a great way to both relax and recharge: great novels help you escape from the daily grind while non-fiction helps you learn new ideas and return to work inspired. I asked my network, clients, and …

Manage Positive Energy To Enhance Performance

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Do you manage energy? Most of us don’t, at least not consciously. Leaders tend to manage information and influence within their network. Traditionally, leadership is associated with influencing people to do things. However, energy is a crucial resource within organizations. The fascinating thing with energy is that when you spend energy on relationships it increases. Energy is the source of …

Positive Deviance: Performance in a state of flow

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All organizations exist to prevent deviance. Organizations aim for stability and end up in the middle. Not bad, but neither extraordinary. The natural focus is on what’s wrong and to fix that. Think of the medical perspective, legal, and business. But in the middle is not where the magic happens… The big dollar question is: How do you get organizations …

Retention: does your Culture help them stay?

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66% of professionals are not planning to stay at their organization long-term. What are you doing to retain them longer? Do you develop your organizational culture and offer them a reason to stay? Retention of great employees can be extremely cost-efficient as the recruitment and on-boarding processes take time, energy and money. Every time a new colleague enters the organization …

Hack the Culture with Micro Changes

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Some organizations are still operating on industrial-age paradigms. One of my clients was working with the IT department of a very large insurance company. They were building an online platform for insurance clients to upload their documents, download their policies, make claims, and so on. The IT department embraced the Scrum methodology; they needed to be agile to serve their …

Buy-in for Culture?

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How can you get buy-in to do something about the culture? It’s a question people ask me often. “It’s obvious: our associates are unhappy with the way we do things around here”. “Our factory’s performance indicators go downhill.” “Retention is a disaster: new hires leave within three months.” “Employee health is vital but leaders dismiss it as soft stuff. We …

This year’s best leadership articles

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All of a sudden the year draws to a close. It went fast! What did you learn? What did you love? What energized you? What would you like more of? This year’s best articles on Positive Leadership might inspire you for a New, Positive work year ahead. The best Positive Leadership Articles Positive Energizers Some people lift you up while …

Humble Leadership: A positive book

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Guest Post by Kimberley Barker When you’re looking to be a positive agent or leader in your workplace, here’s a great book for inspiration! That’s why I’m pleased to share this review by my friend Kimberley Barker. The book “Humble Leadership, The Power of Relationship, Openness, and Trust” shares Ed and Peter Schein’s vision of Humble Leadership and the relationship …

Appreciative attention for people

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“Things weren’t great”, Joyce told me. She’s an internal consultant at a large city municipality with 7,000 staff. Their social department of about 500 people showed alarming absenteeism numbers. This social department helps the unemployed citizens of this city find a job. They offer various training, upgrading of skills, and above all, a network of local employers that are trying …

Case story: Positive Culture, part 2

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Kanna Krishnan is a “positive agent” and holds a senior position in Human Resources. He is tasked with developing a progressive culture for BTC. That’s why he used the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI) and followed the Positive Culture Academy, as explained in part 1. BTC dreamed and defined their preferred positive culture and ways to stimulate Positive Awareness, Connection …