How CEOs spend their time; why you might want to get rid of some of your workers; and the definition of zarf.
It’s all on this past week’s top 5 most-clicked links in SmartBrief on Leadership:
- What do CEOs really do all day?
- Avoid these mistakes when promoting new managers
- 10 fun words to say with actual definitions
- Want a great workforce? Start sacking the slackers
- One year later, 7-Eleven CEO recalls “Undercover Boss” role
Last week, we asked: Do you think your company’s managers have adequate training?
- No — most aren’t well-trained, 42%
- Somewhat — some are well-trained and others aren’t, 40%
- Yes — most are well-trained, 18%
Call me naive but I figured that a higher percentage of people would rate their managers as well trained. As the economy recovers, it makes sense to consider investing in additional training for managers while you still have them (and their employees) on board.
This post is by Robert Klein, author of “Klein Group Instrument for Effective Leadership and Participation in Teams” and researcher at the Center for Applications of Psychological Type. Learn more about the KGI here.
Honesty is the best policy, or so they say. If you work in a team, you know that being “straight up” with colleagues is appreciated and praised. But what happens when your gut tells you that saying the honest thing might not be the smart thing?
When I was researching team behavior and group dynamics for a self-assessment tool called the “Klein Group Instrument for Effective Leadership and Participation in Teams” (a mouthful I know — let’s call it the KGI for short), I discovered that in the workplace, there are four honesty “hot spots.” And perhaps more importantly, we found that individuals who were most successful and respected at work were also the ones who knew how to navigate those areas. (read more…)
This post is by Susan Ershler, co-author of “Together on Top of the World.” For more than 20 years, Ershler has served in leadership positions in some of the nation’s largest corporations. She also climbed the highest mountain on each continent, including Mount Everest, with her husband Phil, making them “the first couple in history to climb the Seven Summits.” For more information about her work, visit her website.
Until college, I was an indifferent student with little ambition. I had never even considered climbing a mountain, let alone scaling the Seven Summits — the highest peak on every continent. Yet, by age 35, I was leading a major account sales organization of a Fortune 50 technology firm and beginning a journey that would lead me to an executive level position and the summit of Mount Everest with my husband and mountain guide, Phil.
Along the way, I honed a set of skills that have enabled me to overcome seemingly impossible physical, emotional and career obstacles. (read more…)