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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Developing Success Oriented Teams

teamworkLife Developing Success Oriented TeamsIn today’s change oriented society and team based approach to the work environment, the success of the organization depends, more than ever before, on people working together effectively. This requires that each individual has a clear understanding of his/her personal strengths, a real appreciation of the difference in others, and how their strengths interact with those of others. This knowledge is the foundation for successful team development.

Each member of a team is an individual with his/her own characteristics and behaviorial preferences. Their success as an operating team will depend to a large extent on how well they interrelate and capitalize on the strengths of each individual.
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Communication: Still a Two Way Process!

Communication Skills Communication: Still a Two Way Process!In today’s work world we have a plethora of communication devices to help in communicating – sometimes too many! But, in the final analysis, it is still the basic effective communication skills that will create a culture that is vibrant, enthusiastic and forward moving. Effective leaders communicate support and advice to their team. They probe constructively when things go awry, and they do not play the “blame game”.

When a team leader encourages this atmosphere, people are not afraid to offer up ideas, or disagree with ones that are put forward. This leads to a motivated atmosphere of productivity and increased revenue.

Many people fail to realize that their success in a leadership position stands or falls on their ability to communicate. Effective communication will build an efficient and productive organization. It is the relationship between team members and their leader, built on both trust and respect that builds strong relationships and a highly effective team.
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Delegating: A Leader’s Dilemma

Delegation Delegating: A Leader’s Dilemma   When faced with a new or additional task, the leader has three options: do it; delegate it, or forget it! There are a lot of potential consequences attached to that 3rd choice, so a better alternative would be to do it, or delegate it. Trying to do everything yourself, on the egotistical assumption that you can do it better, is a recipe for long term failure!

Delegation, on the other hand, can help to build team member skills and develop motivation. It has the potential to strengthen the team and build a more effective organization.

In today’s fast paced, and ever changing business environment, one of the leader’s many challenges is the maximization of resources. Leaders must be constantly developing new talent. One of the best ways to do this is through delegating tasks.
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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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Do You Have an Elevator Speech?

Elevator Speech Do You Have an Elevator Speech?“What do you do?” This question is probably the most used phase in any social gathering where strangers meetor come together. It is an honest attempt to find something in common – particularly at this time of year with picnics, barbeques and social gatherings!

When asked that question, you have about 30 seconds to establish a connection with the person asking. That is why it is often called “Your Elevator Speech” or “Your Meeting Statement”.

If you can answer this question in a succinct and convincing way that will hold the interest of the questioner, then you will have achieved the possibility of a deeper level of connection with the person who may then become a customer and/or a client. Summing up the unique aspects of your business that excites others, should be a fundamental skill
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Motivating Team Members

“Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant.
There is a fuel in us that needs to be ignited with sparks.”

Johann Gottfried Von Herder

Business GroupMtg Motivating Team Members The goal is set, the tasks defined, everyone knows what to do – now what? How do you get the team members to start, and to keep working enthusiastically, until the goal is attained?

We know that motivation exists within the team member. The leader cannot put it there. But what the team leader can do is to structure an environment that will encourage the team member to work effectively on the job. It is a lot like the old saying. “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink!” But what happens if you feed him salt? By influencing self-motivation, you can maximize both your team member’s self-esteem and performance.

To increase their effectiveness team leaders need to learn the four stages that will influence an individual team member to perform a task. Then they can create a work environment that will motivate higher performance. These four stages include:

  1. Determine what motivates each team member to increase his/her work efficiency;
  2. Build a more participative work environment that will improve performance;
  3. Develop an improved work environment for each team member;
  4. Then improve each team member’s performance.

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