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Tip #751: What Is Going On With Your Tribe?

On December 10, 2018, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , With Comments Off on Tip #751: What Is Going On With Your Tribe?

“Remember that Tribal Leadership is not about changing ideas or gaining knowledge; it is about changing language and relationships. It’s not about intellectualization; it’s about actions.” Dave Logan

According to Dave Logan, the author of Tribal Leadership, there are five stages of tribal culture that are indicated by the relationships between people and their behavior as reflected by the language they use.

His book is based on a 10-year research study with 24,000 people across 24 organizations worldwide. The research only looked at the factors that can be directly observed: language and behavior. It did not address cognitions, beliefs, attitudes or other intangible factors.

Logan defines a tribe as “a group of 20 to 150 people who know one Read the rest

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: https://www.toolshero.com/leadership/5-levels-of-leadership-maxwell/

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 #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. https://hbr.org/2018/10/the-role-of-a-manager-has-to-change-in-5-key-ways

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 #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 #741: Unity as a Principle of Influence

On October 1, 2018, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #741: Unity as a Principle of Influence

“There is a certain type of unity-of identity- that … leads to more acceptance, cooperation, liking, help, trust, and, consequently, assent.” Robert Cialdini

In Robert Cialdini’s book, Influence, he identified six universal principles that generate instant influence:  reciprocation, liking, social proof, authority, scarcity and consistency. If someone does something for us, we naturally want to return the favor (reciprocation). If we like someone, we are more likely to do what they ask (liking). We’ll happily follow what a respected group does or tells us to do (social proof). We are easily influenced by experts or other authority figures (authority). If something is scarce, we perceive it has higher value and want it more (scarcity). And, if we make even … Read the rest

Tip #740: Why Numbers Aren’t Enough

On September 24, 2018, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , With Comments Off on Tip #740: Why Numbers Aren’t Enough

“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”  Plato

I looked at a request for proposal for leadership training a few days ago and was astounded at the specificity of the topics desired: 3 levels of leadership, 5 C’s of trust, 3 management styles, 8 team essentials, and 5 critical elements of accountability. The training was also to cover other topics, including “praising through GIFT.”

I have to assume that the requestor must have read books that touted these and thought they were great. The problem is that, when I Googled each, either I found several that could fit, nothing that fit, or several claiming more items than specified (8 management styles, 11 team essentials, etc.)

As … Read the rest