Archive for leadershipdevelopment SmartBlogs

Early in my career, I embarked on a soul-searching exercise to help me define who I wanted to be, what I was willing to pin my reputation on and what skills I needed to develop to be true to my vision and succeed.

While earning my master’s degree in organizational leadership, I began to understand the value of servant leadership — a belief that the manager is really the servant of the employee, there to help the employee accomplish their job.[…] Continue Reading »

Mike Krzyzewski (pronounced “sha-SHEF-ski”) is amazing. As Coach K prepares to lead the Duke men’s basketball team to yet another run at the Final Four, consider what he’s already accomplished:

  • Four national championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010),
  • Four gold medals as head coach of USA men’s national team, and
  • 980 career wins (most in NCAA history).

To truly appreciate the magnitude of his accomplishments, look at his 14-page biography on the Duke men’s basketball website.[…] Continue Reading »

Recently, social psychologists discovered a problem most of us have in preparing for the future: we think of our future selves as strangers — as different people altogether. Valuable insight into this problem is provided in research by two university educators — Hal Hershfield, an assistant professor in the marketing department of New York University’s Stern School of Business, and Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University and author of “The Willpower Instinct.”

In experiments with undergraduates, Hershfield discovered that students who were shown a digitally aged image of themselves allocated twice as much to their retirement accounts as those who didn’t see themselves as they aged.[…] Continue Reading »

Diane is six months into her assignment as a midlevel manager in a large technology company. She was promoted to this position because of her previous “wild success” as a first-line manager, where she managed a team of engineers. She’s struggling in this new position, feeling ungrounded, overwhelmed and unable to lift herself up enough to see where her organization is heading.[…] Continue Reading »

I recently asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions. Those that get picked for a post will receive a free copy of my e-book.

This question from Nicholas:

What are some good ways to get recognized as an emerging young leader in your organization without sounding like you’re trying to toot your own horn?”

My mother always told me if you just kept your head down and did good work, you would get ahead in your career.[…] Continue Reading »