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Employees Want A Good Leader

Practical Practice Management A Division of Top Practices

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Employees care about having a good leader at work to follow and work with.  A good leader makes their team feel secure in their positions and expected job duties.

Although there are many attributes that employees expect from good leader, there are really five top attributes that they must possess.

  • To be honest and trustworthy
  • To be able to delegate knowing their team players strengths and weaknesses
  • To be able to communicate clearly on goals, expectations and the vision of the team and business.
  • To be committed to the team as a whole and to the business and project their commitment to the team.
  • To have a good sense of humor to help the team to get through tough times and to have a better environment to work in on a daily basis.

Finding leaders with these five attributes does not seem like a tough task, but apparently it is…

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Is Your Workplace Fun?

Practical Practice Management A Division of Top Practices

work-be-fun“There is no reason that work has to be suffused with seriousness…Professionalism can be worn lightly.  Fun is a stimulant to people.  They enjoy their work more and work more productively.” ~ Herb Kelleher, CEO, Southwest Airlines

I am a firm believer that levity at work is one of most important ingredients necessary in creating an awesome work culture.  Customers and clients can tell the difference, when they walk into a place of business, whether the people who work there are having a good time and are happy or are they only there to a job and collect a paycheck.

Tom Peters, author of multiple Business Management Practices books is also a firm believer that the workplace needs to be fun and that you need to have the ability to take your job seriously and yourself lightly.

I came across this quote by Mr. Peters that made an impression on…

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Make A Difference At Work

Practical Practice Management A Division of Top Practices

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There is something to be said when you find what works and when duplicated it produces the same successful result, that you should not to mess with it. It may be a system that you have come up with to accomplish your goals or daily tasks.

Or at work, good example would be customer service.  If you have happy, satisfied customers you must be doing something right, figure out what it is you are doing to make your customers happy and continue it.

Remember that people are creatures of habit and do not take to change lightly. If you have found what works with your customers, you may not want to change it.  That does not mean that you cannot try to improve on your service.

If your goal it so make things better you should ask your customers if there is something they might like that you are not…

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What Game Is Your Team Playing?

What Game Is Your Team Playing?

Leaders Know How To Invest

10 Ways the Leadership Relationship is Changing (Part 2)

Leading in Context

Trust-and-responsibility

By Linda Fisher Thornton

Previously, I blogged about the first 5 of 10 Ways the Leadership Relationship is Changing, and today I want to explore 5 more. These changes reflect a growing awareness that leadership never was about the leader – it is about how the leader takes responsibility and enables the success of others.

I guess we could say that some people got caught up in the perks of leadership and forgot about the service part and the need to take ethical responsibility. Well, some of those leadership perks are disappearing (like the corner office). 

Here are 5 more ways the leadership relationship is changing to favor those who leaders serve:

6.  From keeping production high to attracting and keeping top talent (who will keep production high)

7.  From telling to asking, involving, thinking together

8.  From an “open door policy” to “no door workspaces”

9.  From position power to competence and…

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10 Ways The Leadership Relationship is Changing (Part 1)

Leading in Context

Our-understanding-of (5)By Linda Fisher Thornton

A convergence of positive trends is changing leadership expectations, and today I want to explore how those trends are changing the leadership relationship. 

There is no effective leadership based on position power and control in the workplace anymore. Employees have choices. They seek meaningful work that is more than “just a job.” Leaders who miss this shift will wonder why they can’t keep good people. 

“The whole notion of “positional leadership”—that people become leaders by virtue of their power or position—is being challenged. Leaders are instead being asked to inspire team loyalty through their expertise, vision, and judgment.”

Leadership Awakened, Nicky Wakefield, Anthony Abbatiello, Dimple Agarwal, Karen Pastakia, & Ardie van Berkel, Deloitte University Press

Succeeding with position power is about being the one in charge, but that approach doesn’t work well with today’s top talent. This shift in power is completely changing the skill sets that leaders need. 

Here…

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Masters of Illusion

Great Middle Way

ilusionExamining what is, we find that reality is free

from the three constructs of subject, object, and medium.

Conventional existence is unreal;

it is like a dream or an illusion.

Free of attachment and aversion,

practitioners experience pure joy devoid of sorrow,

and act like masters of illusion,

putting on a performance.

—Mahasiddha Saraha

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Trust or Blind Faith

Great Middle Way

12208444_216037058728512_5251017446376541709_nOne of the common problems observed in the West is that we often impose Christian connotations on Buddhist terms. Sraddha means “trust”, and never “blind faith”. Trust is reasonable.

(1) You ask a friend ten questions, and on nine instances, you receive an answer that can be ascertained to be true. You may not be able (as of yet) to ascertain the truth of the tenth answer, but neither can you discard it through reasoning or experience. Is it more or less reasonable to accept the tenth answer provisionally?

The vast majority of the Buddha’s teachings can be validated through reason and experience. Why would we reject those we cannot yet understand? The testimony of a reliable witness is accepted as evidence, even in courts of law.

(2) You have normal eyesight. Someone indicates that there are microscopic organisms that you cannot see without proper instrumentation. Is it reasonable to…

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