NMA Leader Briefs – January 7, 2015 2016-11-15T12:53:00+00:00
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Working too hard makes leading more difficult 
Harvard Business Review 
In 2007, the same day Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone and the same year Twitter debuted at SXSW, executive coach Marshall Goldsmith published a book called What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. In it, Goldsmith makes the case that many of the behaviors that initially propel high-achievers up the corporate ladder are paradoxically the same ones preventing them from reaching the very top.

 

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A Navy SEAL’s 5 entrepreneurial leadership lessons from 2014 
Entrepreneur 
With 2015 slowly approaching, now is an opportune time to reflect upon the past 12 months and make course corrections for the year ahead. Specifically, it’s always a good idea to review what worked, what didn’t work and why and think about what you will do in the upcoming year to learn from past challenges and build future strengths. 

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Time to adjust your leadership style? 
Financial Planning 
Most advisers don’t give leadership much thought until after they have people working for them. In fact, many advisers think incorrectly that the skills necessary to properly supervise people and manage tasks are the same as leadership. (Spoiler alert: They’re not.) 

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For leaders, looking healthy matters more than looking smart 
Harvard Business Review 
Every year around this time, people make resolutions to improve their lives and careers. The most common of these typically involve health-related goals such as quitting smoking or losing weight. The next most common might be career goals like finding a new job or getting a promotion. While we tend to separate out career goals from health/lifestyle goals in our minds, in reality there is a lot of overlap. If you’re looking to set some career goals, then you might think about getting healthier too. 

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Don’t be a product leader still failing in business 
The Huffington Post 
In building successful businesses, creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part. The hard part is providing the leadership required to align and motivate all the constituents and players — from engineers, to investors, vendors and ultimately customers. Great entrepreneurs are not just idea people and then managers, they are extraordinary leaders. 

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Be original and flourish as a leader in 2015 
Forbes 
“The wise man lives off the fool, and the fool lives off his job.” This old Spanish proverb is timeless — yet many leaders in the workplace lack the wisdom to create enough impact to be both successful and significant in their work. How often do you feel foolish because you allow others to dictate yourleadership style and approach? 

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Attrition is a leadership problem 
Business 2 Community 
Some time ago, the author wrote, A Frightening Look At The “Cost Of Selling.” It has been one of the most widely read posts he has ever written, with tens of thousands of views and hundreds of tweets. The post generated lots of discussion and comments about the challenges of recruiting, hiring, onboarding, performance management and development planning. 

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The most innovative companies have long-term leadership 
Harvard Business Review 
Call 2014 the year of innovation. A Gartner survey of almost 500 executives at global corporations revealed that growth is this year’s top priority. Google Trends reveals that interest in disruptive innovation crept up to peak levels this year. It seems that every time you hop on a quarterly earnings call, the CEO mentions innovation. 

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Forgiveness: The least understood leadership trait in the workplace 
Forbes 
Forbes scanned through the employee forms online and discovered an inordinately high number of forms described as “employee development resources” that actually do very little in the way of helping an employee to develop. In fact, they may deplete the vitality and productivity out of people who must endure receiving them. 

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The trick to setting goals the right way 
The Washington Post 
When crafting those oft-repeated annual targets or corporate vision statements, it’s tempting forleaders to use numbers and percentages. It’s tempting to use jargon to convey what tend to be pretty simple goals. And it’s tempting to use ambitious, general terms — such as being the “most admired” or “most respected” company in their industry — to broadcast their year-ahead ambitions to the workforce. 

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The best leadership advice the author has ever received 
The Huffington Post 
Peter Daniels, one of the author’s mentors from Australia, advised her to get up every day and meditate; sit, think and always journalize her thoughts daily. She took his advice to heart and for over a decade she has kept her morning routine of meditation and journalizing. 

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Leadership at a crossroads 
Forbes 
We face many challenges as 2015 opens: the global economy is still faltering; ISIS remains a threat; the collapse of oil prices — while currently a boon to motorists and oil-importing countries — threatens the stability of resource-dependent developing nations, the turmoil in Syria and the Middle East. When you consider the expanded realm of responsibility for today’s leaders — industrial or political or even military — given globalization and instant interconnectivity, you realize the challenges. 

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Leadership and transparency 2015: The social media imperative 
The Huffington Post 
By the time “trends” get mentioned in new year forecast blog posts, they can be a little more “old” than “news.” Though forward motion is always worth celebrating, change usually happens more slowly. Take, for example, the call for more transparency in business leadership. While today’s startups are more likely to intentionally bake this into their corporate DNA, 100 year old companies have a lot more embedded business culture to counter. 

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