Let Me Be Perfectly (and Radically) Candid With You

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”  

Good advice, right? Well – not really. Especially at work.

It turns out that following this old adage at the workplace leads to inefficiency, job dissatisfaction and, most importantly, unsatisfactory results for the organization.

OK, I can hear many of you saying right up front: “Hey, wait a minute, can being ‘the nice guy’ at work really be all that bad??”

Yes, it can.

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Let Me Be Perfectly (and Radically) Candid With You

Tapping the Wealth of Hidden Talent

How to Develop Leadership Potential in Others and Ourselves

Nearly every CEO in corporate America wrestles with the same serious problem—one that threatens their current and future profitability. It’s the huge and growing gap between the demand for talent and the availability of talent.

This talent crisis is keeping executives up at night.

  • In a 2014 survey, 70 percent of corporate executives ranked “capability gaps” among their top five challenges.
  • Nearly two-thirds of CEOs are concerned about a scarcity of key skills.
  • Worldwide, one in three employers is struggling to fill vacancies due to a lack of available talent—the highest number since 2007. They’re also struggling with the resulting revenue losses.

Apart from the difficulty they face finding outside talent and developing their own future leaders, companies struggle to retain their best people. When they attempt to fill the vacancies left behind, they hire the wrong candidates 82 percent of the time. And too little is being done to turn things around.

This shortage of talent is a complex problem, made worse by the shifting demands and uncertainty of a global marketplace. To begin to address it effectively at the organizational level, there are at least three questions you must ask.

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Tapping the Wealth of Hidden Talent

Want to Be a Great Leader? Learn How to Tell Great Stories.

Want to Be a Great Leader? Learn How to Tell Great Stories.

What makes a leader great? What does a leader need to accomplish great things?

I’d say storytelling ranks near the top (if not #1) on both lists. Leading minds in academia and business, including Howard Gardner and Noel Tichy, say the same.

Part of a leader’s job is to convey big ideas, get people on board, and inspire them to act. Facts and logic don’t move people; stories do.

Our love of stories, and our emotional response to them, is hard-wired in us. Before we could write, we drew on cave walls to capture the stories our elders told. Stories bring us together and help us make sense of the world. It’s all part of the human experience.

The business world is no different. Stories provide purpose and meaning, and they promote progress. The ability to tell a good story is something no business leader can succeed without.

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Want to Be a Great Leader? Learn How to Tell Great Stories.

Strategic vs. Tactical: How Your Personality Type Impacts Your Career

I have two questions for you.

  1.  Are you a strategic thinker, or a tactical thinker (or both?)?
  2.  Professionally speaking, where do you hope to be in 5–10 years?

Before you answer #2, you must answer #1.

Many people don’t know how to answer the first question. Either they confuse strategy and tactics (a leading cause of long, meandering meetings), or they lack self-awareness. So they pursue career paths that don’t suit them and wonder why they can’t get any traction.

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Strategic vs. Tactical: How Your Personality Type Impacts Your Career