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Here’s an invite from Marshall Goldsmith for an upcoming (and free) teleforum on leadership.  I’ve participated in forums such as this in the past and they are absolutely worth the time. I really try not to miss these when they’re offered.

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Marshall Goldsmith and Patricia Wheeler invite you to a Thought Leader Teleforum on Thursday, September 23rd at 1 PM Eastern time.

Please join us for a Thought Leader TeleForum on Thursday September 23rd on “The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the-Matter, Facts You Need to Know” with Jim Kouzes and Patricia Wheeler.

In these turbulent times, when the very foundations of organizations and societies are being shaken, leaders need to move beyond the pessimistic predictions, the trendy fads, and the simplistic solutions. They need to turn to what’s real and what’s proven, to understand what the evidence tells us about how exemplary leaders get extraordinary things done.

Join us as Patricia and Jim discuss ten fundamental truths about leadership that drive successful leadership in our current marketplace.

This 60-minute Teleforum will cover the following points, plus field your specific questions:

1. What are the must-know differences about the CONTEXT of leadership today?

2. What are the must-know differences about the CONTENT of leadership today?

3. What truths of leadership that successful leaders should embrace?

Jim Kouzes is the Dean’s Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. A highly regarded leadership scholar and experienced executive, The Wall Street Journal has named Jim as one of the ten best executive educators in the U.S. He and Barry Posner are the award winning authors of bestselling The Leadership Challenge, which has sold over 1.8 million copies; they have published seventeen books and over 50 training products.

Patricia Wheeler is Managing Partner of The Levin Group, a leadership advisory and executive coaching firm. Her clients range from global Fortune 500 organizations to mid-cap companies, and she has spent 20 years coaching and consulting with senior leaders. Articles by and about Patricia have been published in Business Week, Leadership Excellence, Capital Magazine, and HR.com. She is a contributor to Best Practices in Organizational Development and the AMA Handbook of Leadership.

There is no charge for this TeleForum, which will be held at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern time on Thursday September 23rd. Please click here to register. If this link does not work in your browser, you may cut and paste the following URL: http://www.LeadingNews.org/signupgc.htm.

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If you have further questions, please contact Lori Glover at +01 858 382-4687.

We look forward to your participation!

Patricia and Marshall

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So, I attended a ‘women’s networking’ event last night and in doing so I managed to confirm that…                                 

A) I don’t care for ‘women only’ events and…

B) I will never be comfortable wearing a name badge that insists you ask me about ‘blank’.    As in, “Hi my name is Joanie!   Ask Me about that time I was forced to go to a women’s networking event.”

Anyway, I don’t like ’em.  

Ah, but what I DO like is finding ever more brilliant resources that give me a fresh perspective and some new ideas.    As promised let the sharing continue!

  • The factor that separates the men from the boys in Lean Manufacturing is the level of engagement or involvement of the workforce in process improvement efforts.   In this short video Richard Rahn and Gerard Leone from Leonardo Group Americas offer some suggestions for launching an employee engagement effort.   LOVE THIS video!  So practical, measurable and immediately applicable.
  • Campbell’s Soup Company employee engagement essays. Who doesn’t like soup???    NOTE:  To access these papers, you’ll need to create an account.  It’s free, but the ‘toll’ is you need to ‘donate’ a paper of your own.   If you’d rather not…
  • Here’s an article about how Doug Conant, Campbell’s President and CEO, turned the company around.    Love how he views ‘trust’ as the foundation of their people strategy.
  • Some great vids on Social Media can be found here

You know, you have to be careful about assuming you fully understand the opportunities present within social media.   To really (I mean really) understand the value and potential of social media, you’ve got to follow the gurus, do your homework and as Gary Vaynerchuk says – live it and taste it.   The more I learn, the more fascinating I find this stuff and the more fun I have thinking of ways to unlock this potential within my current scope of influence.  

How about you?

Trying to come up with a creative idea to address a particular talent challenge? Whatever solution you propose – ensure that you can measure your success, and if you can’t – don’t do it. Don’t waste your time on activities that undermine your contributions. And by undermine I mean chip away at your credibility.

Let’s face it, when you work in a business environment, you have to speak the language of business. And the language of business is numbers.     Smiling happy faces are great, and for my money, the real goal.    I mean, just look at them.

BUT if you want to be taken seriously, and have the opportunity to continue to impact larger and larger organizations, and more importantly the people who lead them – you’re going to have to demonstrate real results which leverage real metrics.    So I say, if you can’t measure it, don’t do it.

Generate performance metrics in any way you can and be sure not to limit your approach to surveys.   I mean, surveys are great, don’t get me wrong, and they provide awesome data -but without solid response rates and follow through they will fall flat (more on that in another entry.)

When crafting talent solutions, be creative, target your efforts and measure in any way you can.  Then be sure you’re communicating out your activities and your results on a frequent basis to the most senior folks you can.   Oh and be sure you’re making a connection to the business strategy!

Do this consistently and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll create a broad based realization that ‘the people stuff’ is the real key to your company’s success.

RESOURCES:

Free online survey tools:

http://www.surveymonkey.com

http://www.zoomerang.com

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