Avoid Being Blindsided
Three important perspectives from the authors of I Didn't See it Coming: The Only Book Youíll Ever Need to Avoid Being Blindsided in Business.
Losing Perspective: The #1 Mistake Senior Executives Make
Most executives approach the corner office with good intentions: they want to lead effectively, be fair, articulate goals, and motivate their employees to follow them up any hill. But too many get blindsided along the way because they lose perspective. Loss of perspective is one of the greatest landmines you can trip over and one of the most dangerous leadership vulnerabilities.
Here are some important tips for maintaining your perspective about your power, your impact on your employees, the way you are seen by others, and the influence you wield.
You have the challenge of creating an environment that invites high morale, low turnover, consistently peak performance, and a reputation for integrity and fairness. Remaining vigilant and learning how to spot potential landmines will help you avoid derailing your career.
Ten Moves Guaranteed to Alienate HR
In climbing the corporate ladder, one of the most powerful allies to have on your side is your Human Resources department. They have their finger on the pulse of the inner wiring of the organization, and if there is any staffer who can alert you to upcoming events that might be beneficial to you or your team, itís someone from HR.
To keep the alliance strong and working to your benefit, here are ten things you should NOT do:
Five Essential Strategies for Managing Up
The game you once played on the school playground is now the game you play daily in the corporate jungle.
Remember tetherball? Thereís a tall metal pole planted firmly in the ground with a long cord attached at the top. At the other end of the cord the ball is tied. No matter how hard you hit the ball, which direction itís headed or how fast itís going, the ball remains attached to the pole. The same goes for your relationship with your bossóand you can guess which one of you is the pole and which one is the ball.
For as long as youíre in the game, youíre firmly attached to your boss, to his history, reputation, politics, choices, and to some extent his future. How closely you entwine yourself with your boss will affect your reputation and will have a major influence on what you can accomplish on the job and where your career goes.
There are five laws that you absolutely must follow if you have any hope of creating, maintaining, and managing any productive relationship with your boss:
Nancy C. Widmann (New York, NY) was the first woman president at CBS, Inc. She managed CBS Radio for eight years and was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2005. She now serves as an executive coach for senior managers and frequently speaks on corporate politics.
Elaine J. Eisenman, Ph.D. (Wellesley, MA) is Dean of Executive Education at Babson College. She holds a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology and has over 25 years of experience as a consultant, business executive, and board director for both public and privately held companies.
Amy Dorn Kopelan (New York, NY) moved upward for 20 years through the executive ranks of ABC Television and managed programming at Good Morning America for nine years. She is founder of COACH ME, Inc., which provides group coaching for mid-level managers in Fortune 500 companies.
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