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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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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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 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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SWOT Analysis – A Tool for Success

The Road to success is not an easy one, but it is navigable. The SWOT analysis is designed to identify all that factors and could affect the achievement of your vision/goal. It can be your map to success.

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5 Steps for Hiring Winning Talent

In these ever changing and competitive times, the need to hire the right talent the first time must be a high organizational priority. Organizations who can hire right the first time to fill the available positions have a competitive edge.
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Team Leadership: Developing and Coaching Others

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Coaching on the Job – For Peak Productivity

On-the-job training is now such a common way of training workers that the practice may seem straightforward and almost simple. But doing it effectively requires more thought and preparation than simply having someone follow an experienced worker around and watch what they are doing.

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?
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Do You Have an Elevator Speech?

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Time Mastery Or Time Management? It’s Your Choice!

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This is the problem – to satisfy all these often conflicting demands while continuing to focus on our dreams and aspirations.

With Time Management we try to use a multitude of different devices to resolve our daily dilemma of too much to do, and not enough time to do it in.

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5 Key Roles in Successful Team Development

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Each member of a team has his/her individual characteristics and behaviorial preferences. The success of the team will depend to a large extent on how well they interrelate and capitalize on the strengths of each individual.

All of us have heard of the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you”. Today, Dr. Tony Alessandra, in his Platinum rule, disputes that.

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