NorQuest Weekly Round-Up September 27

dreamstimefree 193757 300x219 NorQuest Weekly Round Up September 27This week has been full of great articles and blog posts, our top four are below:

HBR Blog Network: Ten Reasons People Resist Change
Leadership is about change, but what is a leader to do when faced with ubiquitous resistance? Resistance to change manifests itself in many ways, from foot-dragging and inertia to petty sabotage to outright rebellions. The best tool for leaders of change is to understand the predictable, universal sources of resistance in each situation and then strategize around them.

Fast Company: How To Ask–And Listen–Like You Mean It
Leaders who are helping others to grow and innovate are always trying to craft the best questions to make a difference. Here’s how to ask the questions that will propel your team and your organization forward.
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NorQuest Round-up September 6

dreamstimefree 2687133 225x300 NorQuest Round up September 6Here our are five favorite leadership and talent development articles from the past week:

Forbes.com: A Simple Way to Get Any Point Across
We loved this article on how to best communicate your message to followers. It was to the point – and a must-read for anyone in a position of authority.

Lead From Within: First Seeing The Good
This was a really good article about how leaders need to see the good in the people they lead, and the effect of their word on followers.
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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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No Jabs – A Better Way of Living

Recently I had the opportunity of spending some time with my brother Bob who is a retired educator, an entrepreneur and a former Mayor of the Town of Dunnville – a vibrant town at the mouth of the Grand River in southern Ontario.

Team Development No Jabs   A Better Way of Living	During his teaching career Bob had developed a “Spring Camp” with the motto “Everyone Helping Everyone Else”, appropriately displayed in the “gathering room”. This camp lasted for some 24 years.

Then, just before his time as Mayor, this motto probably provided the seed for his development of a philosophy for helping to enhance the effectiveness of people working together. This philosophy was subsequently applied to a Marina, Bed & Breakfast and Family Restaurant,which he developed on his property along the Grand River; and to his assistance in the development of a Leisure Living Community on thesame property.

His goal was to involve everyone, working together, in building the community of Dunnville.  To do this, he believed that it was necessary to have people thinking positively, acting positively, and with kindness. He recognized that there were many people in his community with experience and qualifications. On the other hand, there were people with commitment to the community, and time to share.
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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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