“We bring together the best ideas – turning the meetings of our top managers into intellectual orgies.” ~ Jack Welch ~
No one says it more eloquently than nationally syndicated columnist Dave Barry:
“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved and never will achieve its full potential that word would be ‘meetings’.”
It’s tough to argue with him. If you’re like most managers, you’ll spend 8 to 10 hours each week in meetings. In fact, according to a University of Arizona study, there are more than 11 million formal meetings each day, totaling a staggering three billion a year.
Yet in study after study, workers cite meetings as one of the most unproductive and frustrating parts of their jobs. Wasting almost $40-billion each year, it’s no wonder that Industry Week Magazine called meetings “The …
“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”
~Daniel Goleman ~
Henry is in high level management of a dominant retail company. Because it spreads nationally with global products, Henry deals with leaders on all levels.
“We’ve learned that intelligence, determination, and vision alone, will not guarantee a successful leader,” Henry says. “When we can accelerate cognitive development, we have a better chance at creating successful managers and executives.”
Henry explains that they like promoting from within. The more they can understand and accelerate the abilities of their team to grow these leadership skills, the more successful their leaders become.
“Cognitive development is a way of …
“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
~Peter F. Drucker~
Being a business leader in today’s climate means more than managing the day to day operations of your unit or enterprise, it means understanding how to get the most out your human capital while acknowledging your limited resources. This means taking on the responsibility of looking out for your team and owning up to them when you need their help. Doing this is harder than it may seem, as people do not automatically trust and respect their leaders, but instead need to build a trust and rapport that allows them to understand why you may be turning to them on an issue. The more you do it, though, the better the results.
“If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings—and put compensation as a carrier behind it—you almost don’t have to manage them.”
Client Mindy Asks: Our tech company is growing and expanding. We’ve hired some managers in the past, and it hasn’t worked out the way we expected it to. How can we recruit and retain the kind of managerial talent that stays with us and produces the results we’re looking for?
Coach Joel Answers: Mindy, you’ve hit on two key points. When you recruit well, the second one—retention—becomes much easier. So let’s focus first on effective recruitment.
1. Determine your needs. First, it’s absolutely critical you have a thorough understanding of what you expect from your manager. You need to know not only the duties he or she will perform, but the intangibles—emotional intelligence. Even …
“I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything.”
Client Tony Asks: In today’s environment, it seems so many careers get derailed. Things start out promising, then bam! You’re taking a nose dive. What can I do to accelerate my career smoothly—without interruptions?
Coach Joel Answers: We live in a roller-coaster society with booms and busts. But there are ways to safeguard your career and make it much more likely you can keep it accelerating on an upward trend.
Take a look at these seven critical areas of business expertise. As you increase your skills in these areas, you become more valuable to your employer—or any employer.
These skills can super-charge your career to ensure you give more and more value, and in turn, are appropriately compensated.
1. Become an …