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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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    Images of Healthy Leadership

    Allen Slade To wrap up my series of posts on the Healthy Leader® model by Bob Rosen of Healthy Companies International, I invite you to enjoy these images of healthy leadership. The Roots of Healthy Leadership   Image courtesy of Healthy Companies Inc. Modified from an image courtesy of Healthy Companies Inc.   The Six Aspects of Leadership Health […]

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    The Branches of Healthy Leadership

    Allen Slade I like to think of leadership as a tree. For the tree to bear fruit, you need healthy roots and healthy branches. The roots of leadership are who you are as a leader. Unhealthy roots will stunt the branches and diminish the fruit. In my series of posts on The Healthy Leader® model (from Bob […]

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    The Leader’s Spiritual Health

    Allen Slade When leaders face unpleasant tasks or difficult demands, they must tap into a reservoir of motivation. Their motivation can be internal or external, but if the reservoir is dry, leaders will not be motivated to do what must be done. Early in my career, my manager would respond to complaints about workload by saying […]

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    The Leader’s Vocational Health

    Allen Slade Decades ago, I heard an old-line manager say “Managers manage and workers work. Never get the two confused.” He saw work as something beneath his pay grade. I suspect his employees felt like cogs in a machine. If so, they probably did the minimum necessary to avoid being “managed”. The reality is that your […]

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    The Leader’s Social Health

    Allen Slade Many skills can be put into action without others. We can solve math problems solo. We can read by ourselves. We can create words or visual art alone. Leadership is not a solo skill. We lead in relationship to others. Our ability to build strong relationships determines our ability to lead. Furthermore, it […]

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    The Leader’s Intellectual Health

    Allen Slade Leadership is all about plugging into the minds and of people. It is about encouraging a spirit of intellectual ferment and constructive dissent so that people are not bound by the status quo, and mavericks are given space and free play. Kumar Birla Chairman, Aditya Birla Group At Slade & Associates, we create […]

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