Strategic Leadership

The key to using humor at work

November 20, 2019
It’s commonly assumed that positive humor is A-OK for leaders to use, whereas negative humor is frowned upon. However, new research from the University of Missouri has found that the type of humor may have no bearing on how people perceive it at work.

2 mistakes when managing change

November 20, 2019
According to a study by Zenger/Folkman, a leadership development consultancy, if you want to successfully lead a change, avoid doing the following.

Leadership by watching, waiting

November 7, 2019
Q. What is the biggest mistake you see leaders making today?

5 principles ‘futurize’ your company

November 7, 2019
In The Future Workplace Experience, authors Jeanne Meister and Kevin Mulcahy lay out guidelines for maintaining your company’s recruiting health in order to attract new talent and keep what you have. Here are the five principles to integrate into your culture.

How the ultimate brand was saved

November 7, 2019
In 1987, the wildly popular Air Jordan sneaker had already been through two iterations. One day Nike’s vice president, Rob Strasser, the man credited with signing Michael Jordan to perhaps the most famous athletic endorsement deal of all time, tendered his resignation, creating great fears that Jordan might go with him.

Wield the 6 principles of influence

October 31, 2019
“Being Indispensable” podcast host Liz Van Vliet applies Dr. Robert Cialdini’s principles to an EA’s role.

Leaders waging war on a tabletop

October 10, 2019
Commanding a fictional army across a map and planning attacks demands smarts and may give you real insight into the way someone responds to high-pressure situations. Keep these games in mind.

In praise of the paraphrase

October 10, 2019
One of the most overlooked tools in clear communication is the paraphrase—summarizing what you’ve just heard so that you confirm you understood what the other person just said. This is such a simple, basic aspect of communicating effectively, but so often people ignore it, and it leads to all kinds of problems down the line.

How to start a sleep-friendly culture that makes workers better

October 10, 2019
Although you may be versed on suggestions for improving individual sleep practices, there are also ways to integrate sleep-friendly practices at the organizational level. Dr. Elena Svetieva, Dr. Marian Ruderman and Dr. Cathleen Clerkin list some possibilities.

How critical a thinker are you?

October 10, 2019
To sharpen your critical thinking game, begin by reflecting on problem-solving. Do you have a set method, or does your process depend on the obstacle? Here are some suggestions to orient you.