The 7 Secrets Of Responsive Leadership

“Responsive leaders are very focused on the people – the humanity – within the opportunity,” explains Jackie Jenkins-Scott, in her book, The 7 Secrets of Responsive Leadership.
She writes about how to drive change, manage transitions, and help any organization turn around. And, she reflects heavily on her personal leadership journey, which included transforming a major urban healthcare center and a college from struggling and failing organizations to thriving, international leaders in their respective fields.
Jenkins-Scott believes that the strongest leaders have these characteristics: Curiosity: A desire to continuously learn, discover, and grow intellectually.Humility: A sincere regard for the reality that we cannot go it alone.Empathy: The ability to feel and appreciate other human beings.Resilience: The capacity to recover, to keep going forward in the face of adversity.
Jackie Jenkins-Scott
One of my favorite parts of the book is Jenkins-Scott’s observations about how to remove barrie…

Tools And Tactics For Achieving Optimum Alignment In Your Organization

I run a lot. And, running coaches, trainers and books all stress the importance of alignment. Muscle imbalances and misalignment in the body decreases running efficiency and leads to injuries.

That's why the premise of the book, Total Alignment, makes perfect sense to me. As the authors stress, only when you have total alignment in your organization can you achieve maximum results.

Unfortunately, most organizations have a vision and a mission statement, but few know how to align everyone in the organization around that vision to achieve results. Even fewer measure and reward alignment.

"This book is for leaders and managers in organizations of all sizes," explain authors Riaz and Linda Khadem. "The book will show you how to release the power of alignment, how to create unified action, and channel everyone's energy in the same direction,"

With each of the book's 14 chapters, readers are are presented with a fictional case study based on the authors' expe…

How To Make The Most Of Your First Years Of Your Professional Life

A lot has happened since 1997 when Robert L. Dilenschneider wrote, The Critical First Years of your Professional Life. That's why are few years ago he released a new edition of his best-seller. "The book contains all the lessons you'll need to learn about functioning at work," explains Dilenschneider.  His lessons are based on his four decades of experience in the work world, along with research and dozens of interviews with business experts.
The lastest edition of the book is particularly relevant today, because, shares Dilenscheider: Not knowing the ropes puts you at a competitive disadvantage.Times have changed, and there are fewer people in today's workplace willing to help you understand how the world of work operations.Lessons in the book include: You and Your BossesWorking the GrapevineNetworkingMaking Allies of Your EldersImageHaving Influence at Any LevelYour Work and Your Personal LifeAfter a SetbackMentorsFormer Chariman and CEO of Lockhead Martin Corporat…

How To Master The Most Important Skill For Success

That most important skill is the skill of asking for help, according to new research that author Dr. Wayne Baker highlights in his book, All You Have To Do Is Ask. “Those who give themselves permission to ask and then ask effectively for help, move faster, achieve better results, and get more recognition for excellence,” explains Baker. He adds that people who make strategic asks (asking for things you need to succeed) can cultivate breakthroughs, solve problems, share knowledge, and bridge organizational silos. Baker recommends you make your strategic asks SMARTSpecific – details trigger people’s memory of what and who they know, and how they can help;Meaningful – conveys why the request is important to you, motivates others to respond;Action-Oriented – a call-to-action to achieve your goal;Realistic – request must be strategically sound, feasible;Time-Bound – every request should have a due date.Typical good, strategic asks include asking for:AdviceMentorshipInformationMaterialsRe…

How To Become The Person Others Follow

Yes, it will take you some time to read Joshua Spodek's book, Leadership Step by Step. Yes, it will be a little like doing "homework." Yes, this is a book you'll read and likely need to revisit a few times for the concepts to fully sink in. Yes, this is a book you must read if you want to become the person others will follow.

The time and effort you put into, Leadership Step by Step, will be well worth it!

Spodek guides you through what to do and how to do it in an integrated and comprehensive progression of exercises designed to cultivate key abilities, behaviors, and beliefs through experiences.

The progression contains four units:
Understanding YourselfLeading YourselfUnderstanding OthersLeading OthersEach chapter within the four units provides you: Hands-on ExercisesReflection QuestionsPost-Exercise Observations"By the time you finish the book, you'll have competed 22 exercises." explains Spodek, who is an Adjunct Professor at NUY and a lecturer for Colu…

How To Overcome Organizational Drag Within Your Company

The average company loses more than 25 percent of its productive power to organization drag, reports the authors of the book, Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team's Productive Power.

Organizational drag is all the practices, procedures, and structures that waste time and limit output.

Michael Mankins
Authors Michael Mankins and Eric Garton demonstrate in the book through in-depth examples how the best companies manage their people's time, talent, and energy with as much discipline as they do their financial capital to breakthrough organizational drag.

Eric Garton
Unfortunately, organizational drag and complexity are the normal consequences of growth. Mankins and Garton explain that, "As organizations expand, they add new products, serve new customer segments, and enter new geographic markets. With each of these changes, the company becomes more complicated. Left unchecked, organizational drag slows decision-making, increases costs, and becom…

How To Create A High-Performance Culture

In his book, The Responsible LeaderTim Richardson explains that to create a high-performance culture, you need to plan and prepare for the following moments to ensure the conversations surrounding them are both meaningful and intentional:
recruitment and induction of new team membersperformance management discussionspromotion interviews and talent management discussionscoaching discussionscustomer sales presentationshandling customer complaints and problemsbriefings to the press, analysts and wider marketsenior leaders' contact with, and briefings to, teams across the organizationinternal presentations with executive committeesteam meetings and management meetingsRichardson's advice to improve the quality of these conversations is to consider: How clear is the principal message for the conversation? How can you ensure that the content of the discussion is focused on the key message(s)?How can you ensure the quality of the listening by all parties?How can you set a pace that is…