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How To Lead Authentically In Today’s Workplace

Seven years ago, Bill George wrote True North , a favorite of mine. So, you can imagine how delighted I was to read George’s and Zach Clayton’s new book, True North, Emerging Leader Edition .  In this new book, the authors offer practical strategies and techniques to become an authentic leader and reveal how you can navigate your own path to success. The book is filled with dramatic stories of   how successful leaders overcame great challenges to build highly successful organizations.  These stories reflect more than 222 interviews with leaders–172 leaders interviewed for the original True North book, and more recently 55 interviews for the new book.  George and Clayton explain that their new book is a calling to emerging leaders of the next generations—Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z—to step up and lead authentically by discovering your True North.  And, what exactly is True North? “Your True North is the moral compass that guides your actions, derived from your most deeply he
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Key Takeaways For Leaders From The Book, All Are Welcome

Awhile back, I posted highlights and key takeaways from the book, All Are Welcome – HowTo Build A Real Workplace Culture Of Inclusion That Delivers Results , by Cynthia Owyoung . Upon recently browsing the book again, these additional takeaways came to light:  DEIB : Diversity in the workplace focuses on representation. Equity is giving people what they need to succeed. Inclusion is enabling full participation by everyone. Belonging is connecting people emotionally.  Onboarding employees tips for leaders : Get personally involved with the onboarding process on day one. This is your culture, and first impressions are huge . Assign an empathetic hiring buddy for each new hire. These are ambassadors of your company’s culture. Send a gift or a handwritten note to every new hire as soon as you make the job offer. This should come from the CEO or, at least, the hiring manager.  Ensuring your employees understand and believe in your company’s mission statement : Meet

How To Create And Live A Powerful Personal Brand

In her new book, Selling Yourself , Dr. Cindy McGovern shows you how to step-by-step create a powerful personal brand. Using her five-step strategy, you’ll learn how to build an impressive, authentic brand, live your brand and sell your brand.  “Whether your brand has created itself, you’ve outgrown your original brand, you’re ready for the next level, or you’ve changed your passion or purpose, this book is for you,” shares McGovern.  You’ll learn how to showcase your brand to expand your opportunities, establish trust, build deeper connections, have more confidence to ask for what you want, leave lasting impressions, and finally to express gratitude.  One of my favorite parts of the book is where McGovern includes this quote from Mahatma Gandhi :  Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.   Dr. Cindy McGovern 

How To Show The Value Of Your Work

Today brings a new book and step-by-step guide for specialists, professionals, managers and independent contracts who want to achieve success in their work. Specifically, the book teaches how to demonstrate the value of your initiatives, using a simplified version of the ROI Methodology .  Patricia Pulliam Phillips and Jack J. Phillips , authors of the book, Show The Value Of What You Do ,  developed the ROI Methodology in the 1970s and refined it in the 1980s when their first book describing the process was published. The ROI Methodology was implemented globally in the 1990s and since then has become one of the most used evaluation systems in the world, as it is used routinely in more than 6,000 organizations in 70 countries.  This new book describes six easy steps to measure and improve the success of any project, program, initiative, or work that you do.  “Our goal is to help individuals and teams achieve and measure success and to shift the thinking about projects and work

The 6 Types Of Working Genius

The newest book from New York Times bestselling author Patrick Lencioni is, The 6 Types of Working Genius : A Better Way To Understand Your Gifts, Your Frustrations, And Your Team .   The book provides a fast way to help people identify the type of work that brings them joy and energy and avoid work that leads to frustration and burnout.  “ People who utilize their natural God-given talents are much more fulfilled and successful than those who don’t,” shares Lencioni. “ Teams and organizations that help people tap into their God-given talents are much more successful and productive than those that don’t.”  Lencioni then says that as obvious as all this may be, the reality remains that most people aren’t terribly fulfilled in their work, which makes sense because most people don’t really understand their work-related gifts. “As a result, most teams don’t come anywhere close to tapping into their members’ talents and achieving their true potential.”  Therefore, in classic Len

How To Thrive On Information Overload

Ross Dawson ’s new book, Thriving On Overload , provides you practical insights and strategies to build a positive relationship with information and excel at work and all your ventures.  Dawson draws on his work as a leading futurist and 25 years of research into the practices that transform a surplus of information into compelling value.  More specifically, he shares simple actionable techniques for staying ahead in an accelerating world and massive amounts of information – for many of us, information overload.  “It’s all about choosing to thrive on overload―rather than being overwhelmed by it,” explains Dawson. “ Thriving on Overload starts from the premise that who we are, our identities and lives and destiny, are framed by our relationship with information.”  By reading the book and completing the exercises at the end of each chapter, you’ll learn how to develop the five intertwined powers that enable extraordinary performance in a world of overload:  Purpose : understan

An Action Plan For Embracing Change And Adapting Fast

  Today brings the new book, Build For Tomorrow , by Jason Feifer , Editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine and host of the podcasts Build For Tomorrow and Problem Solvers .  “My new book is for anyone facing down an uncertain future, as well as a practical guide for every entrepreneur and aspiring entrepreneur,” says Feifer.  Organized around the four phases of change, Feifer shares personal insights and learnings from his interviews with success entrepreneurs and changemakers who have experienced tectonic shifts in work, culture, and life.  The four phases of change are: Panic Adapt New Normal Wouldn’t Go Back – When we gain something so new and great that we wouldn’t want to go back to a time before we had it.  “Change is coming. It’s here. It cannot be stopped! And when it comes for us, we really only two choices – to embrace it, or to fight a losing fight,” explains Feifer.  Therefore, Feifer teaches that: When in the Panic phase of change , pause when other

Leadership Lessons From Movies

Toward the beginning of  Joseph Lalonde ’s book,  Reel Leadership , he shares, “We’re going to delve into the leaderships lessons we can find in movies. We’re going to discover that movies are a fantastic way to learn, grow, and engross yourself in leadership. So, sit back; get ready. We’re going to dive into some  reel leadership .”   You are going to enjoy the journey Lalonde takes you on, by first setting the stage as he chronicles the history of film, the history of leadership, and the science of learning, and then while he shares some of the best leadership lessons from his vast catalogue of movie watching through the years.   “I want to encourage you to think of movies as visual fables. They are telling stories that move the mind, body, and soul. They can touch you emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. There is power in movies,” says Lalonde.   Toward the book’s end, Lalonde provides the framework for a  five-step process of gaining leadership insights from the movies .

How To Compete In The New World Of Work

Based on 2,000 interviews with leaders around the globe during the height of the pandemic, Competing In The New World Of Work , by Keith Ferrazzi , provides a blueprint for how to now capitalize on all we’ve learned during the pandemic so your organization can stay competitive in the future.  With co-authors Kian Gohar and Noel Weyrich , Ferrazzi says the mindset most needed now by leaders is “ radical adaptability .” And, that means having an essential set of skills that includes collaboration, agility and foresight.  The book teaches that the old world of work , when facing uncertainty: Authority Hierarchy Personal resilience Reacts to change Prioritizes core business Talent management Mission focused  … should now be replaced by the new world of work when facing uncertainty: Co-elevation Agility Team resilience Foresees change Seeks constant reinvention Lego block workforce Purpose driven  The authors also recommend leaders: Learn to see arou

How To Transform Your Organization For Maximum Growth And Scale

  Amp It Up , by Frank Slootman , shows you how to transform an organization for maximum growth and scale.  Slootman, Snowflake CEO, declares that most leaders have significant room to improve their organization's performance without making expensive changes to their talent, structure, or fundamental business model—and they don’t need to bring in an army of consultants to do it.  “ What they do need is to align people around what matters and execute with urgency and intensity every day ,” explains Slootman.  More specifically, Slootman says that to achieve unprecedented growth, leaders should:  declare war on mediocrity break the status quo make conflicted choices daily have a relentless focus on the mission  “ Make your organization mission driven ,” says Slootman. “When your organization has a well-defined purpose, you feel it down in your bones. You feel energized when you start the workday, and you feel good about whatever progress you’ve made toward the mission when

A Leader’s Guide To Work In An Age Of Upheaval

Part call to action, part strategic roadmap, RESET , the book by Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. , challenges leaders’ underlying assumptions about workers and the workplace.  Taylor, the CEO and President of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), shares his personal experiences and candid, compassionate and practical thoughts on how to transform the way to select, retain and train employees in today’s, post-COVID and radically changed business environment.  “With the growth of remote work and an increased focus on diversity and inclusion, companies are increasingly finding themselves in ‘wars for talent’ as they source and recruit candidates from all over the world,” explains Taylor. “They need to find new ways to contact people and new sources of talent. They need to create an enduring and tangible culture that helps everyone feel empowered to do their best work. And they need to develop inclusive organizations that leverage differences for growth and innovation.”  Informed by

How Leaders Make The Right Call With Insights, Integrity And Empathy

“Leadership is about tough choices, and making tough choices shows leadership,” explains  Eric Pliner , author of the new book,  Difficult Decisions .  As you read the book, you’ll discover how morals and ethics interact with the day-to-day responsibilities of real leadership and triangulate to point the way towards consistency and confidence that others can trust.  Furthermore, Pilner shows, when leaders achieve a profound understanding of themselves, their organizations, and the world they live in now, the road ahead is illuminated.  Difficult Decisions is ideal for executives, managers, and business leaders to examine their own intuition and navigate the most conflicted choices they make. It’s a challenging read and an indispensable resource to help readers develop self-reflection, clarify their values, and ultimately make the choice that is most “right” to them.     Some of the key takeaways from the book for me include:  Making everyone happy is impossible; shaping a net