Avoiding common pitfalls to become a better leader. Todd Davis Published 8:00 am CST, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Photo: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images Photo: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images The Top 5 Leadership Mistakes You Might Be Making 1 / 1 Back to Gallery As a chief people officer, I have a front-row seat to watch some leadership careers flourish -- and some crash and burn. Here are the five most critical mistakes that derail promising careers. 1. You think you have to know everything. I once worked with a leader who could never admit that he didn't know the answer to a question. There'd be a brief … [Read more...] about The Top 5 Leadership Mistakes You Might Be Making
The items on your to-do list will probably take longer to finish than you think they will. So when you’re estimating how much time it will take to complete a task, multiply that number by three. That’s a tip from leadership expert Greg McKeown, highlighted in The New York Times. Most people fall victim to the “planning fallacy,” meaning they think they can finish a project sooner than everyone else can. I’ve been writing and reporting for years now, and I’m still horrible at estimating how long it will take to finish an article. Once in a while, I get lucky and inspiration strikes, so that the whole thing takes less time than I’d budgeted. But more (a lot more) often, things take longer (way longer) than I’d anticipated. I hope and suspect I’m not the only one in this particular boat, nor the only one to be delighted by a trick I stumbled across recently in The New York Times’ Smarter Living newsletter. A bonus just … [Read more...] about A leadership expert has a simple time-management trick to help make sure you never fall behind on your to-do list again
Considering that 1 in 3 workers today are freelancers, you're probably managing one or more of them now or will be soon. Richard Burns Published 11:00 am CST, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Photo: Marser | Getty Images Photo: Marser | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Marser | Getty Images 'Don't Try to Herd Cats' -- and 4 Other Leadership Tips for the Gig Economy 1 / 1 Back to Gallery At first glance, I may not seem like an expert on leadership in the gig economy. Certainly I’ve led traditional work teams, as a partner in several private equity real estate investment firms, and for the last nine years I've been the president and CEO of a … [Read more...] about ‘Don’t Try to Herd Cats’ — and 4 Other Leadership Tips for the Gig Economy
If you’re a leader or a manager, you probably wear a lot of hats. You’re a project manager, delegator, spokesperson, and most importantly, a coach. But the problem is that no one ever tells you how to be an effective coach, or even what that means. Are you supposed to act like a sports coach? A therapist? Perform some bizarre (and arcane) HR ritual? The answer is none of the above. In fact, it’s about making one tiny change to your behavior, one that will bring a significant impact. Being a coach is about being more curious, and being slow to give advice and take action. Now, I’m not saying that that coaching never involves giving advice. At times, your job is to provide an answer. If the building’s burning down–for example–you don’t want to have a conversation about how people are feeling about the smell of smoke. But the truth is, most of us are advice-giving maniacs. We don’t listen as much as we should. Think about the last … [Read more...] about Leadership is about coaching. Here’s how to do it well.
Here are three tips for entrepreneurs as they build and lead their business for long-term success. Shaun McConnon Published 1:30 pm CST, Friday, December 14, 2018 Photo: Maskot | Getty Images Photo: Maskot | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Maskot | Getty Images After 50 Years in the Tech World, I've Found These Are the Most Important Leadership Lessons for Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs 1 / 1 Back to Gallery I've spent the last 50 years of my life immersed in the high-tech world, building four successful businesses along the way. As you might imagine at age 74, I've seen a lot of things, done a lot of things, worked with a lot of different people and … [Read more...] about After 50 Years in the Tech World, I’ve Found These Are the Most Important Leadership Lessons for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs