Originally published February 2012.
Welcome to the February edition of the Management Journey Carnival! Topics for this month’s Management Journey Blog Carnival include time management, employee engagement, project management, interpersonal effectiveness, social business, generational management, innovation, organizational learning, teamwork, leadership skills, customer relations, self-improvement, and other related topics. This blog carnival presents top posts from thought leaders around the web. Let’s get started!
An Oldie But Goodie
This month’s classic post, Harvey Mackay on the Mackay MBA, comes from Chris Brogan of Chris Brogan.com. It is a video post of Chris’s interview with best-selling business author Harvey McKay. This is a timeless interview that explains what it takes to be successful in business. Three main principles from this video interview are having a pre-determined plan, successfully carrying out this plan, and having fun with what you are doing. Chris also does a good job of tapping into Harvey’s insights on the changing dynamics of our time including the increasing dominance of women in the business world. An oldie but goodie!
The relationship between C-level executives and human resources is a continuing area of interest. Many argue that HR should have a seat at the executive table as a strategic partner. Others disagree and question if this softer side of the business really adds value at this level. This month’s featured podcast comes from Peter Clayton of Total Picture Radio. In this podcast interview with Business Performance Expert Ryan Estis, they discuss the relationship between C-level executives and human resources.
Savvy managers and leaders have learned an insider secret! They understand that some of their best and most effective allies in the organization are individuals without any formal authority. Robert Bacal of Leader Today discloses this insider secret in his post, Understanding Informal Leaders In An Organization (and Benefiting From Them).
With each passing year, Boomers and Veterans are passing the leadership baton to emerging leaders from other generations. With this transition to leadership, Gen X and Gen Y bring a different world view from other generations. A thoughtful transition brings real growth and innovation possibilities as Renee Charney of Charney Coaching & Consulting explains in her post, Gearing up for Emerging Leaders – Three Important Things to Focus On.
The Chinese New Year began in late January and 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. According to the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Dragon is associated with success, accomplishment, and good luck. What will it take to be successful in this New Year? It takes passion, hard work, and lifelong learning among other qualities as Charles Chua of All About Living with Life, explains in his post 7 Characteristics of Success.
Savvy leaders know that getting team member buy-in is critical to business viability. To influence others in the organization, they have learned that they must gain the cooperation of formal and informal leaders. Obtaining that cooperation is not beyond reach as Holly Green of More Than a Minute explains in her post, The Winning Attitude Tipping Point.
What are the fundamentals of success for implementing information technology projects? This is an important question as the percentage of troubled IT projects that were late, over-budget, or that failed to meet expectations was high (according to a study done by IAG Consulting several years ago). Good intentions and an honest soul are not sufficient to create successful IT projects as Michael Krigsman of ZDNET explains in his post, CIO View: Three Truths that Bridge the Great Divide.
The Tuskegee Airmen were African American, World War II heroes whose contributions were not properly acknowledged when they returned home from the war. George Lucas recently honored their accomplishments in his film, Red Tails. The film also provides lessons on leadership that I explain on my Management is a Journey post, What Does George Lucas’s Film Red Tails Teach Us About Leadership?
Most leaders want a team that works cooperatively to fulfill the organizational vision. When this occurs, organizations reap financial and motivational benefits. Teams that work cooperatively in pursuit of the organizational vision are said to be in alignment with the leader. Joel Martin of Positively Powerful identifies some critical attributes of aligned teams in her post, Leader, is your Team In or Out of Alignment?
Are you a logical thinker with a knack for detailed analysis? Do you seek and consistently follow the advice of experts? Is your life highly ordered and predictable? These are good qualities for managerial success but they can be creativity-killers as Michael Michalko of The Creativity Post explains in his post, 21 Ways to Kill Your Creativity.
Innovation, willingness to change, commitment, critical thinking, and intelligence are all critical attributes that managers and leaders must cultivate if they want to be successful. Wise people through the ages have been giving their insights on these attributes. Bob Morris of First Friday Book Synopsis shares these insights in his post More Terrific Quotations.
In this time when managers everywhere are trying to foster more employee engagement, are traditional performance appraisal methods impediments to this effort? In a thought provoking post, Rick Ross of Rick Ross | Business Technology & Life suggests that this is exactly the case. Rick explains that it is time to consider a clearly focused Contribution Statement as an alternative to traditional performance reviews in his post, Moving Beyond Performance Reviews,
You have instituted excellent recruitment practices and now you have hired a great group of highly creative staff members. You have noticed that you have a new problem, however: They are difficult to manage! Brad Shorr of Handling Creative Talent provides some useful strategies in his post, A Look at How to Get the Most Out of Highly Creative Employees.
Public speaking! You or others you know would rather have a root canal than complete this activity! In fact, most adults fear this activity more than any other. There’s no need to fear speaking in public however as Liz Shaw of The Writing Reader explains in her post, How to Prevent the Emotional Hijacking.
Teams are an important part of the modern workplace. They can be wonderful catalysts for improving organizational productivity when they work well. When they do not work, however, they can be a manager’s nightmare. Deb Spicer of HR Communication points out common organizational pitfalls to avoid with managing your team in her post, 10 Workplace Behaviors that Can Sabotage a Team’s Success.
It’s true that time flies! Managers who inefficiently manage their time will find it does more than fly, however. It will disappear! Left uncorrected, these managers and their teams will start to look like that bird that runs around even after it has lost its head. Adam Williams of Brand Failure tackles inefficient work strategies in his post, Are You Wasting Time on Tasks that Masquerade as Being Important?
Life and work can present some difficult challenges! How can managers navigate these difficult challenges and also effectively manage their own emotions at the same time? Joe Wilner of Psych Central provides sound advice in her post, Going Through a Difficult Time? How Positive Emotions Can Help You Cope.
Social media has dramatically changed business operations including relationship marketing. It is a force that managers can no longer afford to ignore as Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms have transferred power to individual customers. Social media is evolving into social business! The featured video this month comes from Mashable.com and it features social media author Mari Smith. In this video, The New Rules of Relationship Marketing, Mari provides strategies managers can use to grow a large, profitable network and build a consistent brand.
The February Editor’s Pick comes from Robert Safian of Fast Company. Robert discusses the future of business and the chaotic nature of change that we are experiencing in this new millennium in his article, This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business. He explains (1) predicting the future is more difficult than it has ever been, (2) determining the core values that have staying power is problematic, and (3) weighing risks when everything keeps changing in unexpected ways is difficult and at times impossible.
To succeed in this new era, Robert argues that business professionals must become part of a new generation that is not defined by demographics but rather is defined by a mindset. He calls this group of professionals of all ages who can make this transition, Generation Flux. Generation Flux “embraces instability, that tolerates–and even enjoys–recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions.” They also possess the most important skill for this era–the ability to acquire new skills. To illustrate this new generation, he picks examples from various demographic generations that fit the Generation Flux criteria. This Editor’s Pick for February is a thought provoking article on what it will take to lead and manage in this era of accelerated and disruptive change. It is sure to generate a healthy discussion.
This concludes the February 2012 edition of the Management Journey Carnival.