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leadershiplanguageThe evolution of leadership from autocratic to inclusive is a journey that many leaders are still looking to master. Making the change from a mindset of authority and power towards a mindset of sharing successes and equalization of power is a big one. One of the key ingredients of leading change is the ability to lead with the new leadership language that is required to inspire and engage today's workforce and to set the tone for the future workplace.  
hbrcoverleaders If there is one thing that CEO's tell me they are looking for right now its great leaders. An IBM survey in 2012 stated that companies main focus is technology. With the increase on focus on technology there is an increased need for extraordinary leadership. Leaders who can skillfully maneuver the fast paced change of technology AND have increased agility in leading change and influencing teams to greater results is increasingly hard to find. Why? In my research and focus groups on what makes a great leader it seems that the skills of what USED to constitute a great leader have not been upgraded. With the influx of technology there is a whole bunch of leaders using outdated skills - all leaders need to upgrade the leadership OS in order to be a GREAT leader in today's reality. What does that mean and what will it take to find the great leaders that are out there?
evolution       How are you? Did you make 2014 the best year ever for yourself? Are you feeling more evolved, more effective and more committed to your work    than ever before? Have you carved out time for YOU and did you balance work with play? I ask you all of these questions because you may or may not have noticed I have not been in touch with you for a few months. I’ll be honest, I did what all marketers say you should never do, I TOOK A BREAK from social media and newsletter messages for a few months. When I say I took a break I consciously chose to focus my time and energy on some exciting special projects and I wanted to communicate with you when I had more information. So I am BAAAACK and Soooooo excited to share with you what I/we have been up to:
consciousbusiness The concept of conscious business has been around for a while. Many believe that Anita Roddick pioneered the conscious business movement with her company, The Body Shop in 1976. This company has been an environmental leader, and worked to support various activist causes including putting an end to animal testing, and defending human rights. An overwhelming amount of conscious businesses can be found in the health food industry as well as the LOHAS (lifestyles of health and sustainability) market. However, today conscious businesses can be found emerging in almost all aspects of the business world.
2014 has been a year of technological innovations, increasing speed of change and leaders working to stay abreast of changes while innovating, engaging teams and growing the business. The biggest shift for businesses from 2014 to 2015 is a shift to doing business in a new way, an evolutionary way that includes upgrading the leadership OS.

futureofworkThe future of work is here with us now.

What does it take for leaders and teams to be ready and to have the skills needed to match the speed of change and the speed of technology?

It takes a new operating system and specifically a new leadership operating system. Leaders and teams need to rewire the brain and to apply new evolutionary ways of thinking and doing things in order to morph to the fast changing business reality.

superbrainIn a previous post I talked about the recruiting and retention of good people challenges that keep many a CEO up at night.

And there is another challenge that organizations and leaders have right now and that is upgrading the skills and the abilities of the leadership.

Traditional training modules on leadership skills, communication skills, change management skills, emotional intelligence are useful tools to elevate leadership ability. However the bigger learning and training opportunity is to arm leaders and their teams with new models and systems that will help them to upgrade their leadership operating system.

welcometothefuture You have heard about it and CEO's are kept awake at night worrying about it. The war for talent for the future workplace today. Questions like: Where do we find high performing talent who can fit into our culture and hit the ground running? How do we align our need for talent with our willingness to teach and train new hires? How can we leverage our on boarding process to ensure that when we find good people  they stick around for at least a year or two? These questions are a great starting point for outcome based recruitment and there are additional questions that can help to shed light on what needs to be done to improve the recruitment process.
happy-employees It's time for leaders to wake up and smell the coffee.....employees are no longer guaranteed to stay with an employer for long periods of time. The evolution of the workplace is happening so quickly- whereas in the '80's and '90's you could hire someone and expect him or her to stay with the company for upwards of ten years or more today that is just not true. With shifting demographics and particularly Gen X and Gen Y there is a shift towards multi sector experience versus staying with one employer for an entire career. Harvard Business Review in October 2013 stated that having multiple employers on a resume was now a good thing- it showed that the employee had multi-sector experience and brought more value to future employers. In the past having many different employers listed on a resume was viewed as 'unstable' or 'disloyal' and some leaders still hold this opinion.