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The Leadership Paradox

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:28pm -- Beth Flynn
"Managers and leaders are central to employees' experience of work and their experience within the organization.  Leaders are always part of a broader organizational culture and the overall culture will outlast any individual leader's efforts.  Over time, leaders will shape the culture, but this takes years and affecting this type of change is more similar to steering a tanker - slow and deliberate.

The Leader Sets the Tone

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:25pm -- Beth Flynn
The leader is the most important person in any organization.  The leader sets the tone by the way he/she talks, behaves, responds to others, and treats people every day.  People tend to "follow the leader" in that they imitate or mimic the behavior of the leader towards others.  When the leader treats other people with courtesy and respect, everyone eventually begins treating coworkers with the same courtesy and respect.

Winners Conquer Doubt

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:23pm -- Beth Flynn
"Not one of us is free of it.  We all have moments when we question our ability to succeed and our ability to make good decisions.  Why? Because we can't know the future.  Winners feel doubt just as often as anybody else.  They understand you have to earn success.  They know you can't be haphazard if you want to make progress toward your most important goals.  These truths inevitably lead to questions about their ability to succeed.

Leadership is a Gift and a Journey

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 11:08am -- Beth Flynn

“Leadership is a gift – a gift that requires you to set a direction; motivate, inspire, and develop others; and deliver results that matter.  It is also a journey.  It is about your experiences and the influence you have onothers.  Leadership is certainly about the work that gets done, but it is much more about how the work gets done and the relationships along the way.

Integrity Isn’t Important – It’s Everything

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 3:14pm -- Beth Flynn

You show integrity when you:

  • Are truthful
  • Follow through
  • Are consistent in your behavior
  • Are discreet and keep confidences
  • Uphold unchanging principles and values
  • Always keep promises and commitments, no matter how small
  • Walk your talk
  • Don’t walk away from others’ breaches of integrity (p. 48)

What are additional ways you can show integrity?

List two promises or commitments that you have kept.  What effect did keeping these promises have in your relationships?

The 19.5 Principles of Leadership

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:58am -- Beth Flynn
  1. Your philosophy of life and leadership determines the process by which you lead.
  2. Your positive attitude affects everyone around you.
  3. Your experience and past history of success provides comfort and assurance as you make decisions to move forward.
  4. When you lead by example, there is nothing your people will not do for you and with you.
  5. Your “likeability” can affect the quality and effectiveness of your leadership.  Be or become likeable.
  6. Clear communication leads to understanding and action.

Seventeen Management Principles

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:49am -- Beth Flynn
  1. Clarity is Essential
  2. Competence is Critical
  3. Identify Your Constraints
  4. Unlock Your Creativity
  5. Concentrate Single-Mindedly
  6. Have the Courage of Your Convictions
  7. Develop Your Character
  8. Plan Every Detail in Advance
  9. Organize Your Work Before You Begin
  10. Staff Properly at Every Level
  11. Delegate Effectively
  12. Inspect What You Expect
  13. Keep the Boss Informed
  14. Focus on High Productivity

The Greatest Gift is to Believe in Someone

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:40am -- Beth Flynn

“When the young Beatles were performing at the Cavern Club n Liverpool in the early 1960's, they were unknown.  Enter Brian Epstein, who ran a family furniture store.  He had utterly no credentials to become the Beatles’ manager.  But they hired him and he was instrumental in helping them rise to fame.

Do you know what was the possibly his greatest contribution to the Beatles? His utter and total belief in their greatness, well before they were recognized by the broader public.

Twelve Core Management Competencies

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:22am -- Beth Flynn
  1. Maintaining and raising quality
  2. Developing and improving systems
  3. Coaching employee performance
  4. Communicating across the organization
  5. Collaborating across the organization
  6. Resolving conflicts
  7. Building employee motivation
  8. Leading with emotional intelligence
  9. Building teams and team performance
  10. Managing change
  11. Managing your time and priorities
  12. Working with ethics and integrity (p. 6)

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