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Microsoft Corp. moves to purchase the professional networking company, LinkedIn, for $26.2 billion.

 

 

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Thursday
Jun232016

Five Ways To Speak Passionately Without Getting Too Emotional

“By Anett Grant, of FastCompany.com”

Good speakers are passionate—and it shows. Bad speakers are dull, plodding, humdrum. There’s no sense that they’re animated by their material. And it’s true—showing that you truly care about a subject can go a long way toward winning over your listeners.

But passion in speaking is like spice in cooking. If you’ve ever added cayenne pepper to a dish, you know you need to be careful to use just the right amount. Too much emotion in your speaking is like dumping in a whole tablespoon of hot pepper—it’ll be the only thing anyone will notice, and they won’t want to finish.

These are the five ingredients of effective, passionate communication that doesn’t wind up sounding overly emotional.

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Tuesday
Jun212016

Research: Sleep-Deprived Leaders Are Less Inspiring

“By Christopher M. Barnes, Harvard Business Review”

Leaders have demanding schedules, and often find themselves trading sleep for more work time – effectively trading away work quality to get more work quantity. Some of my recent research indicates that this idea of compromising quality applies to the concept of leadership as well, with important implications for the performance of your team.

In a previous HBR article, I highlighted how a leader’s poor sleep quality can increase the odds of being a jerk the next day, which in turn decreases team engagement. In this piece, I focus more on the positive side of leadership: charismatic leadership, in which leaders inspire followers, fostering an impression that the leader and the mission are extraordinary. Charismatic leadership is a powerful skill for any leader who wants to increase the performance of their teams.

There are two sides to the charismatic leadership coin: the leader and the follower. In my newest research (conducted with Cristiano L. Guarana, Shazia Nauman, and Dejun Tony Kong), I examine how sleep deprivation can undermine both sides of that coin. Our focus is on the role that emotions play in charismatic leadership.

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Wednesday
Jun152016

When You’re Too Valuable to Take Time Off

“By Molly Page, of Thin Difference”

One of the toughest lessons I ever learned was that my business won’t fall apart when I go on vacation. It was a blow to my self-esteem to realize that I could step away from my desk and, more importantly, from my email inbox for a week and the world would keep on turning.

During my first few years as a freelancer, I was reluctant to leave my work at home when I took a trip. The nature of my job meant that I was able to work remotely, so I did. I scaled back but remained accessible. I juggled work and play on the road. I mistakenly believed it was better for my growing business and my bank account to turn my vacations into business trips. I was wrong, and it took a wicked case of burnout to convince me it was time to step away.

Are We Too Valuable to Take Time Off?

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Monday
Jun132016

Why Leaders Feel Loneyly And What They Can Do About It

“By Naphtali Hoff, of SmartBrief”

“The price of leadership is loneliness …  I think it is inescapable.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

One of the most famous American photos was captured by journalist George Tames on Feb. 10, 1961. The picture is of President John F. Kennedy, recently inaugurated, standing hunched over in the Oval Office. From behind, it looks as if he is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Kennedy, who had a bad back, was simply reading the newspapers standing up, as he often preferred to do. Still, the image, which the New York Times would later christen, “The loneliest job in the world,” would take on greater significance as Kennedy navigated through the Cuban Missile Crisis and other global challenges.

Loneliness is, in a relative sense, measured in the eyes of the beholder. Some argue that the loneliest professionals in the world are those who toil in isolation, with limited opportunity for interpersonal communication. These include writers, poets and scientific researchers working in remote outposts.

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Thursday
Jun092016

What You Need To Know Before Interviewing With A CFO  

“By Samantha White, of CGMA.org”

Scheduling your job interview for first thing in the morning may help you get hired, a survey of CFOs suggests.

Sixty-one per cent of the finance leaders polled regard the 9-to-11am slot as the most productive time for interviews.

Eleven per cent of CFOs prefer to meet candidates before 9am, and another 11% opt for between 11am and 1pm. Afternoon interviews proved less popular, with just 16% of CFOs conducting hiring interviews after 1pm.

Only 2% chose to meet after 5pm, according to the survey of 2,200 US-based CFOs commissioned by recruitment agency Accountemps.

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Thursday
Jun092016

Shootout for Soldiers

Hello Everyone,

This past week our president, Brett Stevens, was featured on 92.9 The Game discussing a 24-hour lacrosse event designed to help raise money for veterans. The SearchLogix Group is a proud supporter of Shootout for Soldiers and asks for your support whether it be playing the game, volunteering, or making a contribution. Please take a moment of your time to listen below.

Thank You.

 

Tuesday
Jun072016

3 Reasons to Keep Your Laptop Closed This Weekend

“By Michael Hyatt, of MichaelHyatt.com”

The weekend gives most of us the chance to downshift and recharge. But how often do we seize on it to catch up or get ahead on our work instead?

If researchers are right, more than ever before. Not only are we working more hours on the weekend, we’re cramming the time with more chores, errands, and other to-dos. “[T]he data support the theory that Sundays … are becoming ever-more harried,” says one report.

Why? We like the feeling of being productive and getting ahead. But we should slow down and resist the temptation.

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Friday
Jun032016

Growing Up Wealthy Makes Leaders More Narcissistic

“By Sean R. Martin, Stéphane Côté, & Col. Todd Woodruff, of Harvard Business Review”

How does income inequality — currently at historically high levels — affect the types of leaders we get in the workplace? As a first step toward exploring that question, we carried out a study exploring how parental income while people are growing up relates to their leadership behaviors as adults. We found that parental income is significantly related to adult levels of narcissism, a trait characterized by grandiose self-views, impulsive tendencies, and low empathy. We also found that those levels of narcissism were associated with people’s engagement (or lack thereof) in important leadership behaviors and various measures of effectiveness.

We studied these dynamics in a sample of actively serving U.S. Army soldiers, all of whom graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and are now in leadership roles. This sample allowed us to hold important factors constant, such as level and quality of education, current income, and current position in organizational hierarchy. We collected the leaders’ parental income from materials they submitted as part of their college application to West Point. We then sent them a survey, asking them to indicate their agreement with a series of statements designed to measure their levels of narcissism. These included statements such as “I know that I am special because everyone keeps telling me so” and “Many group activities tend to be dull without me.”

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Wednesday
Jun012016

3 Great Questions to Ask Candidates in Interviews

“By Ruaidhri Horan, of Abrivia Entertainment”

Your job as hiring manager is to identify the best talent for the organisation by asking the “right questions” in an interview situation. What are these “right questions” an what will they achieve?

The “right questions” will probe a lot deeper than anything than can be ascertained from a CV or application form. They should provide you with a lot more information about the candidates work history and achievements, give a good insight into a candidates personality and how they behave under pressure. Ultimately a “right question” will facilitate an interviewer in assessing an applicant’s suitability for the job and give a good indication into how they will potentially fit into the culture of your organisation.

Below are what I consider 3 highly impactful interview questions:

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Thursday
May262016

Leading In A Broken System

“By Paul LaRue, of The Upwards Leader”

Years ago one of my leadership team asked me why a certain attendance policy at our company was in place.

I explained to her what the rationale was, and her reply was “Well, that’s stupid. That needs to be changed.” Slightly taken aback, I asked her what she meant by that. She explained that the way the policy was written allowed the staff to abuse it. She said that if it was more stringent there would be less infractions. Our organization at the time had a poor track record of employee attendance issues, exacerbated by rules that employees easily worked around. In the two years I had been aboard, our attendance track was the best in the company and benchmarked with others in the industry; however most of the other departments had poor compliance in this area at best.

Nonetheless, there was a real issue here and my day supervisor was expressing her frustration with the process. This presented me with a wonderful teaching moment for her leadership career. I paused and quickly dove in.

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