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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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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360 Feedback – Love it or Loathe It?

TimeForFeedback 360 Feedback – Love it or Loathe It? Talk about feedback in any athletic environment and you will get almost unanimous support for feedback as a necessary ingredient for improved performance. Talk about 360 Feedback in a business environment and you will get a surprizing number of negative voices. There seems to be chasm between those who support the tool, and those who despise it.

Some of the common criticisms include:

  • It focuses on the negative rather than the positive
  • Allows persons to take “cheap shots” with anonymity
  • Raters are not qualified to judge performance
  • Managers can use it for evaluative purposes, while disguising it as “feedback”
  • Little or no support for implementation of results
  • Overly focussed on rating rather than development

Coach And A Student2 360 Feedback – Love it or Loathe It?
But let’s for a moment, focus on the tool, rather than on the errors in its use. First of all it is a feedback tool – not an evaluative tool. It is designed to provide feedback for improved performance, not for evaluation of performance and/or salary determination. That is why it is called “360 Feedback”. Its purpose is to provide information for enhanced performance and improved effectiveness for the individual. It may be axiomatic, but if other people are not prepared to help us in our search for growth areas, then there will be no opportunity to grow.

None of us are perfect! But most of us want to strive for perfection. Feedback can help in this process by identifying opportunities for improvement. That is its purpose!
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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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Am I Too Old?

(Note: This post was written by my wife and business partner, Doreen.)

Am I Too Old Am I Too Old?    Recently I heard a minister speaking about his reaction to his retirement. He questioned himself, “Am I really retired?” He then asked, “At this time of life- am I too old?”

Do you find yourself saying “I am too old?” Is age your excuse for not doing things?

Edward Smith, motivational speaker, and author wrote,

“Don’t use “I am too old” for an excuse. People that were “too old” have accomplished many of the greatest achievements in the world. If you say you are “too old”, you are giving up growing and living, and it is just one more excuse for not doing something. Usually being at the point where you are “too old” means you have an incredible base of knowledge and experience and at the very least you have discovered the many ways NOT to do something. It would be a real waste not to use this for you and share it with others. You are never “too old” to be your best.”

Look at:

  • Frank Stronach, the 79 year old Austrian-Canadian businessman. As the founder of Magna International in Aurora, Ontario, and Magna Entertainment Corp., he is still receiving many accolades for his contributions to technological education, technical skills training and entrepreneurship.
  • Betty White, the 90 year old American actress, comedian and former game show host, was recently a guest host for TV’s Saturday Night Live. Now, 6,000 fans on Facebook have put forward the idea of her being the next host for the Academy Awards.
  • Bob Crossley, author, painter, and a 93 year old friend of mine (now deceased), still skied each year in Switzerland into his 90’s, because he believed he was able, physically, mentally and emotionally.  His style and technique might not be as great as in earlier years, but that did not stop him.

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363® for Leaders – A New Kind of 360 Feedback

Nobody really doubts the value of feedback in improving performance! Examples are everywhere – most obvious in professional sports!. But the same principle holds true in the business world – Leadership performance can be enhanced by feedback.

ED 363 363® for Leaders – A New Kind of 360 FeedbackNow Inscape Publishing has released 363 for Leaders as one of its Everything DiSC® series of learning assessments. But Everything DiSC® for Leaders isn’t just any 360. It combines the best of the 360s with the simplicity and power of DiSC®, plus three strategies for improving the subject’s leadership effectiveness. The result is a 360 experience that’s more productive and satisfying.

How is it different?

  1. First of all we took the sting out of 360 feedback:
    For many Leaders, 360 feedback can be a frustrating experience. It allows open ended comments which can be unfocused and even unhelpful. Often these anonymous comments can be a way to take an unwarranted jab at a colleague.
    With our exclusive, selectable comments feature, “Commentsmart”, raters can give focused, balanced, constructive feedbackthat the Leader can actually use. This time saving feature allows raters to expand on their ratings by choosing from a list of highly tested comments.
  2. Secondly, we made it easier to understand and use:
    Everything DiSC® 363 for Leaders combines clear visuals and a conversational narrative style to interpret and explain the data, making the report easy to understand and use.
  3. And we answered the “Now What” Question:ED 363 rpt 253x300 363® for Leaders – A New Kind of 360 Feedback
    Everything DiSC ®363 for Leaders answers the “Now what” question by giving leaders their next steps with three things they can focus on now! Strategies that will improve their leadership effectiveness, and  that can be translated into action immediately.

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