Fear of failure, of loss, of change--this emotion in its many forms can be the biggest obstacle to personal success. Our fears can stunt growth in ourselves and others. So how can we move ourselves through fear?Whether you're the leader who is seeing a fear-based pattern of thinking, or the employee who is feeling fear, follow these steps:
Have you heard of Ed Catmull? He’s one of the founders--along with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter--of Pixar Animation Studios, one of the most successful movie studios in the business. Catmull has a new book out called Creativity Inc: Understanding the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration.In his book, Ed Catmull explains just how vital it is to have the right team if you want to achieve great results:
Kristy Tan Neckowicz's View From the Top: A company's employee morale is its lifeblood. Is yours anemic and unable to withstand the stress of change? Or is it pulsing with energy and optimism, healthy enough to fuel the risk-taking necessary for innovation and growth?
You don't have to be a Star Trek fan to understand how these pop culture icons show up in the work place.Captain Kirk is the risk taker, the rule breaker, the impulsive person of action who thrills at the idea of going "where no man has gone before." Without him, the Enterprise might never accomplish so many interesting, pioneering missions.
Last Friday I gave the opening keynote at a conference focused on the Future of Leadership. My presentation discussed the best tools leaders use to take the terror out of hiring and promoting.
Recently, a reader of the Talent@Work blog submitted such a good question that I wanted to share both the question and response so others readers might benefit from it too.Brenda's Question:
Sometimes resolving conflict can be easy if you have the right tools.Joshua, a CEO at a pharmaceutical company, asked me to help resolve a long-standing conflict between the sales and marketing departments. "I need to know where the problem is," Joshua told me. "We can't afford to let a personality clash continue to derail success in our organization."
Do you have members of your team who work in remote locations? I do. It can be a challenge to tune into remote team members because email exchanges don’t provide the nonverbal cues that guide us in face-to-face interactions. We can’t see body language, can’t hear a tone of voice, can’t gauge eye contact.The person on the other end of an email exchange also can’t see or hear important nonverbal cues from you.
Andy Johnson, an executive coach who specializes in quiet leaders, shared with me 3 videos based on Susan Cain’s book Quiet: the Power of Introverts.Both extroverts and introverts bring value to a team, and both can be effective leaders, although some introverts feel that in order to be seen as a leader, they need to pretend to be extroverts.
What's Your Plan for Being Known as a Star Performer? Are you thinking about next year's performance review results now?How your leadership team perceives you will have a direct impact on where you land in the succession plan. Will you be the next in line for promotion? Not sure? Then develop an action plan now.