By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, October 1, 2015
Leadership coach Fred Kofman has a way of making profound, game-changing concepts sound so simple that you wonder why you didn’t think of them yourself.
“I’m just reminding people of what they already know,” says Kofman, who’s worked with execs from Google to Microsoft to GM. “That’s why they feel at home with the ideas—like with an old friend.”
Author of the book Conscious Business and vice president of LinkedIn, he shares his world-class listening, negotiation and relationship-building tips in the new Lynda.com course Fred Kofman on Managing Conflict.
With a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley and a Teacher of the Year award from MIT, Kofman helps organizations incorporate honesty, integrity and respect into their business decisions and corporate cultures.
Here he tells us about the two biggest mistakes he sees businesspeople make—and the time he struggled to follow his own advice …
By Fred Kofman | Tuesday, September 29, 2015
It is precisely when listening is most important … that you want to listen the least.
In my brand new Lynda.com course Managing Conflict, I show you how to approach personal and professional conflicts in a way that helps both sides find a satisfying resolution.
But the first step toward resolving any conflict is listening.
By Todd Dewett | Friday, September 11, 2015
New managers sometimes make a critical error when they’re first appointed. They fall into one of two camps: those who rattle the cage in order to instill a little fear in others, and those who gush with kindness in an attempt to be well-liked.
Should you create fear, or foster friendship?
Neither! Both leadership styles are unproductive—and there’s a better way.
By Mike Figliuolo | Sunday, August 16, 2015
All leaders want to give their team the help they need—and that help can come in many forms.
How do leaders help their team members grow and become more autonomous? Are leaders serving their teams in the most efficient and effective way?
In our new book Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results, Victor Prince and I describe the 12 “leadership services” that leaders must provide to their teams:
By Justin Seeley | Thursday, July 23, 2015
There’s a big difference between being a manager and being a leader.
You can be a leader without being a manager—but if you’re a manager and you’re not acting like a leader, then you’re failing yourself and your team.
Management can be easily taught, but leadership is quality that often develops over time, and in a more natural way.
Here’s a comparison of leaders vs. managers. Which one are you … and which one are you working for?
By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, July 14, 2015
My team volunteered me to write this article because they like our one-on-one meetings.
If there’s a secret to my one-on-ones, it’s that I run them on instinct, not agenda. It’s about the people, not about the process, and that has never steered me wrong in meetings or elsewhere as a manager. I want to hear or see the smile on the other end. In fact, if I’m reading body language that indicates there’s a problem, I’ll start a 1:1 meeting by saying, “You don’t look happy. What’s wrong?”
A 1:1 is an opportunity to recharge your employees so they can go back out and do their work with renewed energy, commitment, and excitement. It’s their time—not yours. You can tell you’re being effective if you hear things like, “I feel so much better now that I’ve talked to you” or “That helps” or “I wasn’t sure about it, but now that I’ve talked it through, I get it.”
All too often, though, 1:1s follow humdrum, tactical lists of tasks or become all about progress reports. That’s not good for anyone and can be handled by project-management tracking, dashboards in your company’s systems, and casual drop-by chit chat. The 1:1 is too important a time to focus on how xyz is going.
Here are the elements I keep in mind for my one-on-one meetings.
By Jolie Miller | Sunday, June 21, 2015
Want to position yourself to be hired? Learn the skills that companies desperately want—but can’t seem to find.
After surveying 1,320 job recruiters at 600+ companies, the 2015 Bloomberg Recruiter Report shed insight into the most desired skills by industry and by scarcity.
Here are the skills everyone is seeking—and the in-depth, watch-anytime courses to help you learn them.
By Lynda Weinman | Monday, March 9, 2015
Many people dream of starting businesses, but few survive and even fewer thrive.
There’s no single rule for how to grow your business, but we learned some valuable lessons while growing ours—and I’d love to share a few with you.
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