It is, I believe, generally agreed that feedback is necessary for any form of performance improvement. In the business world this often takes the form of a 360 Feedback Project in which performance data is sought from other groups on the performance of an individual – usually the person’s manager, direct reports, peers and others.
But one of the key reservations about 360 Feedback is that sometimes respondents feel safe in including “zinger” or malicious comments in their anonymous feedback. This possibility has derailed many 360 projects.
But now Inscape publishing has a new type of 360 degree instrument that has resolved most, if not all, of the problems with previous 360 instruments. The new Everything DiSC® 363™ for Leaders combines the best of the 360s with the simplicity and power of DiSC, plus three personalized strategies for improving leadership effectiveness. The result is a 360 experience that is much more productive and satisfying.
Inc.: The Wrath of a Great Leader
We really appreciated this article detailing how Martin Luther King, Jr. wrestled with anger and what you can learn from his example. Often times, great leaders are built into myths, we really appreciated how this article outlined MLK’s very human side.
Fast Company: 4 Tips For Hiring Long-Term Talent On A Very Tight Budget
Early-stage founders and solo entrepreneurs have to get creative to hire a team within their cash flow. This post outlines a few ways to do just that–and the ups and downs of each.
In a survey conducted by Inscape Publishing’s research department 5,945 training participants were asked about the types of courses that would greatly increase their effectiveness at work.
The results: 56% of the respondents chose leadership skills as their top choice. In second place was dealing with conflict or difficult people. Technical knowledge related to the job came in as number 3 with 47% of the respondents choosing this topic. Communication skills were chosen by 42% of the respondents.
What does all of this mean? It indicates that from the learners’ perspective, balancing cognitive based skills with interpersonal capability remains an important requirement for success. And this is what the Everything DiSC®Application Library is intended to cover.
Bloomberg: Management Is (Still) Not Leadership
A really interesting article from HBR’s John Kotter outlining the differences between leading and managing.
It is the season! It is time to set those goals and plans that will make 2013 your best year yet. But it is not easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is, it seems! Albert Einstein probably said it best when he defined insanity as “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
If you don’t plan to do something different than you did last year, you are not likely to achieve any better results! The path to success involves establishing a clear and definable vision, setting a workable plan to achieve that vision, and putting the plan into action and being accountable for it. But this is not something you can do without a lot of study and foresight. Last week we talked about a tool called the SWOT analysis – used to analyze your goals from the points of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
Bloomberg: Your Employees Are Not Mind Readers
This article outlines how you can more effectively address these issues and reach your goals in an authentic and enduring way.
Business Insider: 10 Traits That Make An Ideal Manager
The traits you should develop to make you not just a good leader, but a great one.
Are you having problems coming up with good and substantive goals for 2013? Are you confused by all the options that appear to be available to you? Are you tired of hearing the admonition – “We have all been given gifts, you should resolve to develop yours.”
Yes, we have all been given gifts, but they are all different! And how do you even identify them, yet alone develop them? Well, one of the best tools for this purpose was developed by Albert Humphrey in the latter half of the 20th century. It is called the “SWOT Model”, and is worthwhile reviewing as you ponder your vision for the New Year.
- Develop a vision that will clarify what you want, and where you wish to go;
- Then develop a plan that will focus your attention on how you will get there;
- Then put your plan in action – that will lead to the achievement of your vision.