Jon Stewart is not only a brilliant comic, he's also a fearless leader. Why?He continually hires talented performers that are as good as if not better than he is, allows them to develop comic diversity that complements his own, and then watches them walk out the door to star in their own shows. (Comedian Larry Wilmore is the latest Daily Show staffer to get his own show after John Oliver and, of course, Stephen Colbert.)
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:
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:
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.
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?
Sometimes resolving conflict can be easy if you have the right tools.
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:
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.