The men and women in charge of our organizations are now faced with unchartered challenges: leading their organization through a global pandemic. In this time of crisis, most leaders are doing their best to step up and inspire people to do their best. And they’re doing a great job.
Stress is a very powerful force that involves awareness, attention and energy. It can be managed and empower you. If you let stress control you the resulting distress can be harmful to your body, mind, and spirit. Learn to relax your mind and body.You can learn to become more stress resilient, and remain calm even in these uncertain times.
We’ve moved past the industrial age to the information age, where data, blockchain, and quantum computers may prove to be the great disruptors in every economy, sector, segment, and industry. Understanding the basics of these technologies can help leaders address fears and engage all stakeholders in the development of strategies and tactics for sustainable technologies and disruptive innovations.
Innovation is not a choice. However, a lack of insight often results in a lack of innovation. Leader insights improve innovation. When insightful leaders recognize the need to change, they ensure their business is prepared to innovate, before it’s too late.
Leaders who are known for their insight identify fresh trends and actively prepare new products and services—before a need or problem is even identified. They instill an innovative mindset throughout their organization. Insightful leaders simultaneously improve efficiencies today, and prepare for the demands of tomorrow.
The art of listening is essential for mindful leaders. When we think we already know what someone is going to say, or hear something that contradicts what we think or feel, we often stop listening. We fail to acknowledge that we don’t know what we don’t know, and begin crafting a solution and response. In the process, we hold on to bias, beliefs, and pre-conceived notions.
Although the art of listening is frequently the difference between leadership success and failure, it is often taken for granted, and rarely taught in schools—at any level. We have an urgent need for leadership development in the art of listening.
Despite what we have learned over the past two decades, the workplace bully remains a key problem for leaders and managers. The experts including academics, management consultants and industrial psychologists all report an increase in bullying. And it’s not limited by demographics, tax brackets, or titles: bullying is increasing in cubicles, manufacturing plants, and even executive suites.