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Tip #750:  What Level Is Your Leader On?

On December 3, 2018, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #750:  What Level Is Your Leader On?

“Leadership is much less about what you DO, and much more about who you ARE.” Frances Hesselbein

In his book, The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential, John C. Maxwell goes beyond naming the five leadership levels. He defines them, identifies the pros and cons of each level, and even explains how to achieve the higher levels.

An article by P. Mulder provides some information about the five levels:

In his hierarchy of leadership levels, the first level is the lowest and the fifth level is the ultimate target:

  1. Position: Rights. People follow because they have to.

By virtue of having the position, the leader has the right to lead. This doesn’t say anything about … Read the rest

Tip #749: Brain Facts That Influence Learning

On November 26, 2018, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #749: Brain Facts That Influence Learning

I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain.” Dr. Seuss

I save articles that catch my attention and this one, by Ben Nesvig, certainly did. In his article he identifies “5 Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn.” He posits that awareness of these five brain facts will enable instructional designers to create more effective learning programs.

Let’s look at each in turn.

  1. The unconscious mind rules the conscious mind.

Nesvig demonstrates this with an experiment. “While seated in a chair, extend your dominant leg and make small clockwise circles with the foot. While continuing to perform this motion, with your dominant hand, draw the number 6 in the air with your index finger.” If you’re like me, … Read the rest

Tip #748: How Managers Need to Change

On November 19, 2018, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , With Comments Off on Tip #748: How Managers Need to Change

“Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing.” Warren Bennis

In their article “The Role of a Manager Has to Change in Five Key Ways” in The Harvard Review, Joseph Pistrui and Dimo Dimov state that management is inefficient because the role and purpose of a manager are no longer appropriate for our constantly changing world.

Planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling: the default functions of a manager (established almost 100 years ago by management theorist Henri Fayol) are no longer appropriate.

Pistrui and Dimov identify five changes managers need to make in order for their organizations to meet today’s challenges. They need to move from:

Directive to Instructive: “Learning, not knowledge, will Read the rest

Tip #747: Why Care About SCARF?

On November 12, 2018, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With Comments Off on Tip #747: Why Care About SCARF?

“Many great leaders understand intuitively that they need to work hard to create a sense of safety in others. In this way, great leaders are often humble leaders, thereby reducing the status threat. Great leaders provide clear expectations and talk a lot about the future, helping to increase certainty. Great leaders let others take charge and make decisions, increasing autonomy. Great leaders often have a strong presence, which comes from working hard to be authentic and real with other people, to create a sense of relatedness. And great leaders keep their promises, taking care to be perceived as fair.”  David Rock

David Rock is the director of the NeuroLeadership Institute, which uses hard science to transform leadership effectiveness. He is … Read the rest

Tip #746: How to Make Sure It’s the Right Decision

On November 5, 2018, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #746: How to Make Sure It’s the Right Decision

Passion provides purpose, but data drives decisions.” Andy Dunn

I’ve taught classes in problem solving with a focus on finding the real cause or root of the problem, since the obvious problem is rarely the problem. Depending on the nature of the problem, quality improvement tools, such as the is/is not matrix, 6 whys, ishikawa or cause and effect diagram, and top down flow chart, have been very useful. I’ve also taught classes in decision making, with a focus on different ways for groups to vote on different alternatives. I have not taught classes in how to objectively determine the best alternative solutions prior to that final vote.

Now I find that there are numerous ways to analyze options. … Read the rest

Tip #745: Rituals in Training

On October 29, 2018, Posted by , In presentation, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #745: Rituals in Training

There is comfort in rituals, and rituals provide a framework for stability when you are trying to find answers.” Deborah Norville

I recently conducted a two-day class on How to Design Accelerated Learning Programs. It reminded me of the importance of rituals, something that the participants can anticipate will be repeated. And it got me thinking about what constituted a ritual. Here are my thoughts:

  1. At the beginning of a program, I use a Koosh toss to have participants introduce themselves. At the end of every day, I use a Koosh toss to have participants report out their key takeaways.
  2. I repeat a key concept throughout the day by asking the participants to explain it.
  3. Once I’ve taught
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