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    Change Intelligence: Adapters

    Change intelligence (CQ) highlights the need to focus on hands, heart and head for successful change. There are three dynamic duos – CQ styles that complement each other:  Coaches and Drivers Visionaries and Facilitators  Executers and Champions But there is a simpler way. If heart, head and hands are all necessary for leading change, wouldn’t the ideal change leader style combine […]

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    Change Intelligence: Executors and Champions

    Change intelligence highlights the need to focus on hands, heart and head for successful change. In today’s post, we will start with the hands – task leadership in change. (By the end, we will cover the heart and head as well.)  Change needs action-oriented leaders. Someone has to plan the work, watch the budget and manage the schedule to […]

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    Change Intelligence: Visionaries and Facilitators

    As we continue to think about change intelligence, today we’ll look at the dynamic duo of “visionary” and “facilitator”. Change Leader: The Visionary Barbara Trautlein describes the visionary as strategic, futuristic and purpose-oriented. In other words, he or she is a high head change leader.  Visionary leaders are important because vision is essential for successful change. In Kotter’s […]

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    Change Intelligence: Coaches and Drivers

    In this blog series on change intelligence, we’ll look at the styles of “coach” and “driver” today. Change can be discouraging. Change require sense-making, and sense-making requires emotional and cognitive energy. Being deep in the performance valley increases the stress of the change. When you are deep in the performance valley of change, who walks with […]

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    Change Intelligence Quotient

    Given that 70% of large scale changes fail, we need to slant the odds in favor of success. We need better leadership for change. So, what makes someone good at leading change? Articulating the vision for the change? Connecting with people in the trenches of change? Technical skills, such as project management or design? And, the […]

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    Practicing Leadership Skills in Safety

    Leaders trying out new skills can pose problems to their organization. Sometimes the new skills work perfectly from the start. Sometimes these skills create problems for the people around the leader. So how can leaders master the skills they need with minimum risk of collateral damage? My fifteen year old son has his learner’s permit. […]

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    Images of Goals and Metrics

    From my blog posts on goal setting for leaders. Smart Goals . . Leading with Goals . . Management by Objectives? Or Leading with Goals? . . . Too Many Goals? . . Got a Goal? Get a Metric! . . Good Goals Gone Bad . . Spoiling Good Goals with Bad Metrics .

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    Spoiling Good Goals with Bad Metrics

    The Veteran’s Health Administration exists to give the best possible medical care to America’s military veterans. One way to do this is to set goals for standards of care. But the VHA’s good goals were spoiled with bad metrics. According to the Washington Post: The agency has made it a goal to schedule appointments for […]

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    Good Goals Gone Bad

    Goals are powerful leadership tools that focus attention and effort. Good goals go bad when their power blinds us to critical information or strategic changes. Good Goals As a leader, goal setting is an essential part of your leadership toolbox. Like any tool, you have to use goals right: Set SMART goals. Smart goals are specific, measurable, actionable, […]

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    Got a Goal? Get A Metric!

    Goals are powerful leadership tools to focus attention and effort. But goals are incomplete without a measure of success. Basics of Goal Setting As a leader, goal setting is an essential part of your leadership toolbox. Like any tool, you have to use goals right: Set SMART goals. Smart goals are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-bound. […]

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    Too Many Goals?

    Goals are powerful leadership tools. They focus attention and effort on the key accomplishments needed for organizational success. If goals are good, are more goals better? As a leader, how many goals should you set? Basics of Goal Setting As a leader, goal setting is an essential part of your leadership toolbox. Like any tool, […]

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    Images of Active Listening

      From my series of blog posts on active listening for leaders.   Two Steps to Active Listening .   You’re Not Listening . Listening in the Performance Valley . Energy for Active Listening

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    Energy for Active Listening

      Leaders who listen well are more effective, more persuasive and more engaging than leaders who don’t listen. Carol Wilson¹ lays out five levels of listening: 1. Interrupting  2. Sharing  3. Advising  4. Attentive Listening 5. Active Listening We have thought about Levels 1-4 in previous posts. You’re not listening if you’re interrupting, sharing or advising (Levels […]

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    Listening in the Performance Valley

    Listening is a key skill for leaders. Leaders who listen well are more effective, more persuasive and more engaging than leaders who don’t listen. Listening is especially useful when the other person is trying to make sense of change. Anticipating and adapting to change requires substantial cognitive effort – what I call sense-making. Sense-making creates a performance […]

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    You’re Not Listening

    Active listening is a key skill for leaders. In a previous post on Two Steps to Active Listening, I defined active listening as “the art of listening with intensity to truly hear what the other person says, knows and feels.” Leaders who actively listen are more effective, more persuasive and more engaging than leaders who don’t […]

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    Two Steps to Active Listening

    Listening skills are critical for leaders. Listening opens the channels for two way communication. And it is not enough to simply be present when others are talking. You must engage in active listening, the art of listening with intensity to truly hear what the other person says, knows and feels. I have coached b-school students, change management clients […]

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    What’s Your Best Alternative to Negotiating?

    In a failed attempt to lean in, W., an anonymous woman with a Ph.D. in philosophy, asked to negotiate better terms of employment at Nazareth College. Unfortunately, she had her  job offer unilaterally rescinded. Many bloggers have commented on why this happened, ranging from gender bias by the college to narcissism and cognitive errors by the candidate. Here’s another way to look at the situation: […]

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    The Indirect Cost of Growing Leaders

    My wife and I have cultivated a square foot garden for many years. The work is enjoyable, the produce is delicious, and we save a bit of money. Every spring, we refresh the soil and purchase flowers, tomatoes and broccoli plants. For organizations, growing leaders internally is like gardening. You invest time, energy and money upfront. […]

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    Help Leaders Keep Their Bearings with Hot Ethics Training

    Allen Slade When I was a midshipman with the U.S. Navy, it was post-sail but pre-GPS. In the middle of a training exercise, our captain turned off the LORAN system. He wanted to make sure his officers could figure out their location and destination even if the satellites failed. The U.S. military also relies on its leaders to […]

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    Why Leaders Fail

    Allen Slade Leaders face tough decisions, with competing priorities, time pressures and poor data. When their decisions blow up, the debris field of failure can hurt their career, their team, their organization and their customers. Why do leaders fail? Mary Gentile categorizes ethical lapses into three categories: Failures of Awareness – not knowing what kinds of […]

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