I highly recommend reading Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer’s recent books, Leadership B.S. and Dying for a Paycheck. In them he makes a compelling case that most leadership training has failed to produce effective leaders and that the poor state of the vast majority of workplace cultures today is harming the health of people. He provides an abundance of evidence to support these conclusions. Professor Pfeffer recommends boosting connection in workplace cultures (which, as most of you know, is the focus of our work). You could read Professor Pfeffer’s books and become depressed, but I’m not. Below I explain why.
Some guys may get instinctively defensive when the phrase “like a girl” is tossed at them, but it’s time for them to embrace it, and actually welcome it, if they want to be an effective leader.
To learn why, join me and my wife Katie Stallard for a unique webinar hosted by ATD on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Inspired by the #LikeAGirl campaign, we’ll share recent research and a fresh perspective on why women have superior leadership skills, what men can do to improve, and humorous and heartwarming examples from our own experiences. Learn more and register for the webinar.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Robbie Samuels, host of the On the Schmooze podcast, about the power of connection. We talked about what makes leaders great, how to overcome loneliness, and much more.
Listen to the full conversation.
September has arrived and if you’re with an organization that plans by the calendar year, you’re less than a month away from the start of the final quarter. I’ve always felt September is the ideal time to gather the team together and check our alignment. By that I mean, are we focused on what needs to be completed before year-end? Are we set as a team, and individually, to finish strong? Are there things, like a car wheel out of alignment, that are pulling us off course, causing unnecessary wear and tear, making us function less efficiently?
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Erika Andersen, host of the Proteus Leader Show podcast. Proteus addresses leadership readiness and our conversation focused on helping leaders understand what a Connection Culture is and how to create one in their organizations. Listen to the conversation.
It’s ironic that successful self-leadership has more to do with others and less to do with self. In an article I recently shared with the Luminate community, I outline three important lessons about self-leadership that I’ve learned throughout my personal life and professional career. I encourage you to check out the article and the other thought-leadership content from the Luminate community.