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Are You an Inflated Manager?

Are you an inflated manager?  Many managers often assume they are good leaders simply because they have attained the position. If you asked them how they thought they were doing as leaders, they would probably say they were doing a good job. But studies in the UK show that more than 42% of employees are not satisfied with management and typically, the managers have no idea because they have an inflated opinion of themselves. In this article posted on Public Service UK, you will find out how poor management and lack of awareness effects an organization’s ability to grow.

Are You an Inflated Manager?

Poor managers need to look in the mirror if they want to get the best out of their people, according to new research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The research found that three quarters of employers reported a lack of leadership and management skills and too many managers had an inflated opinion of their ability to manage people. As a result, the CIPD is urging the government and employers to recognise that just a small increase in capability among the UK’s 8m people managers would make a significant contribution to productivity and growth.

According to the CIPD’s research, 72 per cent of employers reported a deficit of leadership and management skills. However, the CIPD’s quarterly employee outlook survey of 2,000 employees also suggested that one problem in tackling this skills deficit was that many managers simply did not know how bad they were at managing people.

Eight out of ten managers said they thought their staff were satisfied or very satisfied with them as a manager whereas 58 per cent of employees reported this to be the case. This ”reality gap” matters because the survey finds a very clear link between employees who say they are satisfied or very satisfied with their manager and those that are engaged – ie, willing to go the extra mile for their employer.

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The best way to find out the answer to the question, “are you an inflated manager?” is to  ask your employees how they feel. If you have an honest relationship with them, they should tell you the truth. You should be able to meet with them face-to-face to get your answers, and if you can’t – that’s a problem.


A Good Leader is a Good Listener

Good leaders know that their job is better done when they have as many people on their side as possible. No one leader can have his or her eyes and ears everywhere without the help of others. We have mentioned before the importance of being able to connect with and inspire your employees and a key factor in that is that a good leader is a good listener. Learn some tips provided by HARVEY SCHACHTER posted on www.theglobeandmail.com.

 A Good Leader is a Good Listener

Danger ahead: Executive not listening. A road sign similar to that might be useful for the corridors of a company where senior managers view conversation as one-way affairs, and refuse to listen to others.

“Listening is a valuable skill that most executives spend little time cultivating,” consultant Bernard Ferrari writes in the McKinsey Quarterly.

To improve, he says, focus on three elements:

1. Show respect: To run a complex organization, you must solicit advice from all corners. Let everyone know that you are open to their viewpoints. Being respectful doesn’t mean avoiding tough questions; good listeners routinely ask them to uncover the information they need. “The goal is ensuring the free and open flow of information and ideas,” he writes.

2. Keep quiet: Your conversation partner should be speaking 80 per cent of the time while you limit yourself to about 20 per cent. To make your speaking time count, ask questions that point the other party in the right direction.

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It is far too easy to hear without listening and you should know that people can tell when you are not listening to them.  A good leader is a good listener, someone who clearly and authentically considers and respects all viewpoints.


Inspiration is Like a “Magic” Ingredient

Inspiration is a “magic” ingredient when you need to get something done or to lead a successful project. It is very difficult to know what will inspire someone at any given time but one thing I do know is you will have to figure out a way to tap into the emotional and empathetic nature to inspire someone to take action for the sake of others. Avery Lynn’s life was short but her bucket list touched hearts around the world and inspired many people to donate money and volunteer hours and other services.

Watch this video from CNN and find your own inspiration

Inspiration is Like a Magic Ingredient

The 6-month-old girl whose parents created a “bucket list” blog for their daughter after doctors said she would not live past age 2 died Monday, her father said.

Avery Lynn Canahuati, who was born in November with spinal muscular atrophy type 1, died of pulmonary complications related to the genetic disorder, Mike Canahuati said on the blog Tuesday.

“In short, one of her lungs collapsed and she went into cardiac arrest,” said Canahuati, 31, of Bellaire, Texas. “I immediately performed CPR on her and was able to bring her back to life, but only for a brief period of time before she passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Writing in the first person as if his daughter were the author, Canahuati created new bucket list entries during the week on the family’s averycan.blogspot.com website or their “Avery’s Bucket List” Facebook page. They included:

1. Wake up smiling.

2. Have a bad hair day.

3. Ride in an ambulance.

4. Get picked up by a fireman.

5. Meet a fan.

6. Talk to mommy & daddy.

7. Eat a cupcake & a Blow Pop.

8. Play with Play-Dough.

9. Play a practical joke on someone.

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If you don’t have one, start a bucket list today. A bucket list prompts the mind to consider “what if” and  inspires true exploration and discovery and that is always a good thing. Make sure inspiration is a magic ingredient in your life and in the lives of those around you.


Leadership Skills Shine Brightest When You Know Your Purpose


Leadership skills shine brightest when you know your purpose

Leadership skills shine brightest when you know your purpose. Most people don’t start out knowing what their ultimate purpose in life is. Your ultimate purpose grows along with you and becomes part of who you are. Much the way seeds are sown and nurtured we go through stages in order to blossom and flourish in life.

I think this description by Jon Gordon really expands on this thought in a beautiful way. When I read it, it helped me see how all my experiences overlap to create an energy and perspective of natural progression and growth. Understanding this process makes it easier to manage others in a business setting too.

Leadership Skills Shine Brightest When You Know Your Purpose

1. The Preparation Stage – This stage includes your birth, the family you were born into, your weaknesses and strengths, Continue reading