Unleashing the Power

Unleash Your Power Unleashing the PowerMy wife and I were recently in England at the time the Paralympics were being held. The athletes were people with obvious physical impairments, but who chose to exercise other gifts they had been given, and achieve world recognition. It was really inspiring to see a girl with no arms win the 100 metre backstroke in world record time; or a girl suffering from a form of dwarfism win two gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal. These people all had decided to focus on the gifts they had been given – rather than succumb to their obvious handicaps.

There are other examples of leadership in action from the non-athletic field. Dr. Stephen Hawking is probably one of the best known examples.He is a man who cannot speak except with the aid of a mechanical device, can’t get out of his wheel chair, except with the aid of a helper, yet is one of the most respected scientists of our time. Against incredible odds this man is fulfilling his destiny, and is just one example of many who are proving that the power is within you, when you choose to exercise the gifts that have been given to you.One of his many quotes is, “I notice that even people who claim that everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”
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NorQuest Weekly Round-up August 23

dreamstimefree 82618 300x225 NorQuest Weekly Round up August 23HBR Blog: Smart Leaders Get More Out of the Employees They Have
Smart executives understand that the cheapest way to fuel growth is to first tap deeply into the resources they already have. This article promotes stretching and engaging your existing talent to not only save money, but engage your workforce to the fullest.

HBR Blog: Three Leadership Traits that Never Go Out of Style
Harvard Business Review’s Blog is on fire this week! Here’s another terrific article about the key components of leaders – trust, empathy and mentorship.

Forbes.com: How To Be A Better Leader In Just 5 Days
A solid article with a realistic plan to strengthening relationships in order to lead more effectively.
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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.
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NorQuest Weekly Round-up August 2

dreamstimefree 238735 200x300 NorQuest Weekly Round up August 2What are our favorite articles this week about leadership and talent management? We’ve listed them here for you!

Fast Company: 30 Second MBA
Craig Donato, Founder And CEO, Oodle, addresses the question of “What do you do about the rogue, the bully, the diva on a team?” in this short video clip.

HBR Blog: Let’s Bring Back Accountability
An interesting article that defines what accountability actually means, and methods leaders and teams can apply it to meet goals and satisfy clients.
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NorQuest Weekly Round-up July 12

dreamstimefree 186042 300x200 NorQuest Weekly Round up July 12Here are our some of our favorite articles about leadership and talent management from the past week:

Inc.com: 10 Habits of Remarkably Charismatic People
Charisma isn’t always about being flashy and drawing attention, it’s about paying attention. Here, the 10 habits of remarkably charismatic people are listed, attributes even the shiest among us can develop.

HBR Blog: CEOs Need to Get Serious About Sales
This article argues for leader to put sales management at the heart of their agenda, versus focusing their energy on driving performance improvement across many parts of the organization.
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NorQuest Weekly Round-up July 5

bigstock Success 4936474 195x300 NorQuest Weekly Round up July 5Here are the top leadership and talent management articles of the past week:

Business Insider:  Successful Hiring Isn’t Just About Skills: It’s About Attitude
Although skill sets are the main reason why most talent is hired, attitude is what really counts, says Mark Murphy, author of Hiring For Attitude. This article reviews why, and some of the ways companies can benefit from hiring not just for talent, but how they’ll fit in the company.

New York Times: In France, M.B.A. Candidates Learn Leadership, in the Mud
An absolutely fascinating article on the methods and results of leadership courses held at France’s officer training school, Saint-Cyr.

Business Insider: MBA Mondays: Retaining Your Employees
Fred Wilson, VC and principal of Union Square Ventures and writer of the influential A VC, outlines a plan to retain employees – communicate, hire well, culture matters, career paths, assessment, and compensation.
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Getting Your Dream Job: The Three Keys

Last week we talked about Hiring Winning Talent. This week I would like to focus on the object of that exercise – the applicant!

Find a Job Getting Your Dream Job: The Three Keys Any organization wants to hire the person with the best skills, knowledge and personality, that will mesh with their goals and objectives. The applicant, on the other hand, wants an organization in which he/she can develop their skills and knowledge and reach his/her peak potential. They want to succeed, and they are looking for a position that will help them realize their potential.

In planning your approach to any job search, there are three key areas, to consider:

  • The research: This is yourpreparation. What do you have to offer the organization, and what can the organization offer you in terms of your life’s goals.
  • The interview: presenting yourself in the most favorable light.
  • The post interview: following up on the interview.

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