NorQuest Weekly Round-up August 16

dreamstimefree 1761191 200x300 NorQuest Weekly Round up August 16There were so many good articles this week about talent management and leadership! Here are our top five favorites:

Fast Company: If Miles Davis Taught Your Office To Improvise
This article was really interesting – comparing the responsibilities of leadership – nurturing spontaneity, creativity, experimentation, and dynamic synchronization – to a jazz improvisation, and the lessons that could be learned from it.

Forbes: 5 Ways Leaders Must Build a Family Environment to Achieve Excellence
Family-owned businesses have higher revenue, employment growth and stablity, with a longer-term view of investment. Additionally, they inspire more trust and commitment in their employees.  This article suggests modeling a family approach to leadership by establishing a foundation of trust and a cultural promise to unite as one and to perform with purpose and the healthier whole in mind.

Wall Street Journal: When the Boss Is a Screamer
Anger at work is a reality. Missed deadlines by employees, poor choices, even frustration on the home front can cause nastiness to seep out at work. This can come out in the form of yelling, a nasty email, even silence. This article point outs the pitfalls of giving in to anger at work, even when it’s justified, and suggests ways to get it out so it clears the air, is helpful and builds relationships.

HBR Blog: To Be Number One, Get the Right Number Two
Inspired by Mitt’s Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate, Rosabeth Moss Kanter explores points to consider when looking at your second-in-command.

Forbes: How to Use Storytelling as a Leadership Tool
This interview with Paul Smith, author of Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives that Captivate, Convince, spells out how important storytelling is. It reviews how narratives can  inspire organizations and what it can be used for - setting a vision, teaching important lessons, defining culture and values, and explaining who you are and what you believe.

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