Crowd wisdom about diversity - 1. Definition

July 22, 2012 - 13:48 -- Dr. Ada

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One of my favorite tweet chats is #leadfromwithin, moderated by Lolly Daskal @LollyDaskal. Every week between 800-1,000 people participate in the Tuesday chat, which ends up reaching about 2 million people. Amazing!

Last week the chat’s theme was Diversity. Lolly usually has 10 questions that organize the chat. There was so much good material running through the stream that I decided to share in several posts this week, the crowd wisdom about seven of the questions. Today I want to share some of the responses people gave to the first question. . . Continue reading »

Is your work worth dying for?

July 18, 2012 - 16:27 -- Dr. Ada

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“My work is killing me, literally. I love it, but there’s too much stress. I have to work weekends to keep up with the paperwork and deadlines I can’t finish during the week. My blood pressure is high and my blood sugar is borderline! I had a scare in the office already. Chest pains. Was checked out. Everything seems to be ok. The doctor says it’s stress only. That's why I'm telling you that, literally, this job is killing me.”

Those were the words that a leader. . . Continue reading »

Your leadership is only as good as your brain

July 15, 2012 - 16:39 -- Dr. Ada

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Yesterday I read something from the Copyblogger blog that caught my attention: “Your business is only as good as your brain.” It immediately made me think: “Your leadership is only as good as your brain.”

If you want to have a clear head for decision making, innovation, relating to people (both internally and externally), and planning, you have to take care of your brain.

Do you take care of your brain?

You can't forget that your brain is an organ of the body. Anything you do that improves your general health will improve the quality of your brain and your thinking. Some places to start. . . Continue reading »

How to create a positive work culture

July 11, 2012 - 14:21 -- Dr. Ada

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In my last post I showed you why it’s important to create a positive culture. Today I’m sharing what you can do to encourage and sustain a positive culture. For years the subject of corporate culture was ignored, or at least downplayed, by management and experts alike. However, in recent years most observers acknowledge that corporate culture (or organizational behavior) plays an important role in the workplace.

Setting the standard for a positive culture should be a major focus for leaders in any organization. Here are a few strategies for creating and maintaining a positive work culture. They are based on common threads running throughout published research, scholarly articles, and my own experience in organizations. Continue reading »

Why should you strive to create a positive organizational culture

July 8, 2012 - 16:57 -- Dr. Ada
Happy chairs I just read sad and shocking news in GIGAOM. Former France Telecom chief executive Didier Lombard has been indicted by a court in Paris over allegations that he led a corporate culture of bullying and harassment that resulted in the suicide of at least 30 employees.

It made me think. Are leaders consciously aware that the cultures they create can bring life, joy, and healthy productivity or unhealthy negativity, lack of engagement, and even death?

I would like to think that Mr. Lombard did not set out to create a culture of death. But he failed to see how bullying and harassment could result in a high toll of suicides. What is even sadder is that he failed to grasp that creating a different kind of culture not only could have prevented many of those deaths, but could have also create . . . Continue reading »

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