Every Manager Needs to Know the Secret to Presenting Well

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth

President Gerald R. Ford once said: “If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate.”

Most executives know exactly what Ford meant because they spend a lot of time in front of others trying to get their points of view across. Invariably they do a good job in front of small groups; no doubt a key factor in their ability to climb the proverbial corporate ladder. But it is in front of more formal audiences that some falter. In formal situations, such as when delivering a presentation, some managers seem to withdraw rather than project, and as a result they diminish the power of their message, and frankly their prospects for advancement.

 

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8 Ways To Spot Great Leadership

By Mike Myatt
Chairman, N2growth 

If you ever wonder why we’re in a crisis of leadership all you have to do is to watch and listen to those in positions of leadership. While there are clearly many aspects of leadership that must work together in harmony in order for leaders to be effective, everything breaks down when leaders don’t understand how to engage effectively.

Let’s start with what leadership is not: Leadership is not a monologue, a speech, a lecture or a filibuster. Leadership is not talking at or over people. Leadership is not sequestered, does not live in a bubble or operate in a vacuum. Leadership is not exclusive or arrogant. Leadership is not about the leader.

 

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Three Hints: When To Intervene

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth

Should I get involved?

That is a question that often arises when executives take new positions. This is especially true for executives who are hired from the outside and expected to infuse the organization with “new blood” in the form of new thinking, new approaches and even new processes.

 

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Developing Front – Line Leaders Starts At The Top

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth

Weak leadership on the front lines is one big reason that organizations struggle.

According to a new study of 300 HR managers by Development Dimensions International (DDI) together with HR.com and the Institute for Human resources, weak leadership can be costly. For example, of those surveyed:

  •  69% say it caused lower rates of engagement;
  • 65% say it caused a loss of productivity; and
  •  59% say it resulted in higher turnover “of themselves or team members.”

Looking deeper into the findings, 56% of respondents “rated the lack of interpersonal skills as the number one reason for leadership failure.” Deficiencies in “listening, empathizing and involvement” erode a leader’s ability to connect to the very people he or she is expected to manage and lead.

 

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The Silent CEO Addiction Killing Productivity And Talent Development

By Mike Myatt
Chairman, N2growth 

Corporate America’s dependency on consulting firms is nothing short of substance abuse in the purest form. The fact is most CEOs suffer from this very dangerous addiction and they don’t even know it – they are clearly in need of an intervention.

Addicts don’t often admit they have a problem. They tend to rationalize and justify their behavior as normal. Here’s the thing – normal doesn’t always mean admirable or correct. In fact, normal most often means mediocre. Just as addicts are in constant search of a quick fix, misguided CEOs are in search of a perceived easy solution. It’s easier to throw money at the symptom rather than do the work to solve the problem. Don’t look for the easy solution – look for the correct solution.

 

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Hey Congress! 4 Ways To Break A Stalemate

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth

“Creating an undesired stalemate is the height of stupidity.”

This anonymous quote sums up how many feel about the political stalemate that has shut down the federal government.  The American people are frustrated, and even downright angry, that representatives they elected – and pay for through their taxes – act more like middle-school brats than responsible adults. Anger aside, the real question is: what do we do next?

 

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A Crisis Of Leadership – What’s Next?

By Mike Myatt
Chairman, N2growth 

* This column was originally published on Forbes.com

While today’s column could focus solely on the government shutdown or various components thereof, a lack of leadership isn’t just a problem in the United States; it’s a global problem. It’s also much more than an indictment on global politics; it’s a systemic problem that pervades every level of society. I don’t think there’s much debate the world is ensnarled in a crisis of leadership. The question becomes what do we do about it?

 

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If it’s Stupid, It’s not our Policy!

By Brian Layer
Chief Executive Officer, N2growth

When I’d consider following someone down a dangerous path in my formative years, my Mother would ask: “Would you jump off a cliff just because he did?” More than once, I earned a lecture about thinking for myself and leading others up the high road.  As a young leader, I translated that lesson into a phrase I picked up in the Army: “If it’s stupid, it’s not our policy!”

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Diversity of a Different Persuasion

By Patricia Lenkov
Chair, Executive Search, N2growth

Diversity is a complex issue because it comes in all shapes and sizes. It has been and continues to be the subject of much debate in business communities across the globe. As an Executive Recruiter, I have been asked to identify candidates who are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, gender and even geography.  One type of diversity that has more recently begun to receive subtle yet perceptible attention is age diversity.

What? You may ask yourself! Age diversity in a country where federal and state laws prohibit questions about age?

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Leadership Interview | Brad Lomenick

By Mike Myatt
Chairman, N2growth 

In this leadership interview, Mike Myatt of N2growth interviews Brad Lomenick of Catalyst. They discuss Brad’s latest book, “The Catalyst Leader,” Catalyst Conferences, Leader Cast, and other leadership topics.

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