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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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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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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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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NorQuest Weekly Round-up June 7

dreamstimefree 18711456 300x200 NorQuest Weekly Round up June 7Here are some of our favorite leadership-related posts from the past week:

Succeeding in Emotionally Charged Situations
Assuming a position of leadership means at one time or another you will be in a very heated, or emotionally charged situation. Dan Rockwell outlines suggestions to handle these difficult talks, with tips to make sure the person or group understands they are being heard.

Forbes.com: Creative Leadership: Humility and Being Wrong
A very intriguing post about how humility and the ability to admit error may be two of the most important qualities a truly creative leader must have.
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NorQuest Weekly Round-Up May 24

dreamstimefree 4937203 229x300 NorQuest Weekly Round Up May 24Here are some terrific articles from this week:

CNN.com: To Inspire Others, It’s How You Do It That Counts
A great read with tips for how to be an inspired leader from Dov Seidman, author of HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything.

Leadership Now: The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership
Gary Burnison, author of The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership, considers leadership to be a privilege. He indicates, “Most people like the idea of leadership but few count the cost….To lead is to be all in, transparent and accessible, calm in the face of upset and even crisis, and always mindful that you are a steward of something bigger than yourself.” This article outlines his “Absolutes” – building blocks that must be present regardless of your leadership style or approach.
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