Good leaders listen, follow through on promises and treat others as they'd like to be treated, writes Dennis Miller. "It may take some practice, but by learning to build trust and respect among your colleagues, you will dramatically increase your leadership potential," he writes.
US companies posted slightly fewer jobs in October than in September but added more workers, the Labor Department said. As October ended, just under 6 million jobs were available, down from 6.18 million in September, but total hiring was up 4.4% in October compared with September.
Forwardship is the process of preparing a business for market changes and technological advances, and acting toward innovation without being stopped by fear, write Vip Vyas, Diego Nannicini and David Sherman of Distinctive Performance. When business failures are retroactively described as surprising, they argue, there is usually a trail of leadership inaction.
Murmuring an "um" or "mm-hmm" in conversation can show that we're paying attention -- thinking about what to say or processing what is being said to us, says linguistics professor N.J. Enfield. "When it comes to little words, I produce 'um' and 'uh' as a signal to you that I know I should be speaking right now," Enfield says.
Organizations need a "mega transformative purpose," something that is more potent than the typical mission or vision statement, writes Idris Mootee. This purpose should identify a bigger reason for a company's existence, one that motivates its staff to get up in the morning.
Leadership today often involves pushing people to act more quickly than they might otherwise, says Amanda Hill, chief marketing officer for the A&E network. "The hardest thing we have to manage as leaders is enabling our team to be brilliant, in inspiring them to excellence whilst equally delivering, more now than ever, a lot of change and at a speed that is outside of most people's comfort zone," she says.
A study in Science says humans likely began migrating from Africa as early as 120,000 years ago. "Indeed, what we are seeing in the behavioral record is that the spread of so-called modern human behaviors did not occur in a simple time-transgressive process from west to east," said study co-author Christopher Bae of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
An MSCI report has found that only seven of its more than 2,500 indexed companies have more women than men on their boards, although four of these companies outperformed industry peers this year. On the other hand, most of the MSCI companies without any women on their boards failed to outperform peers or the MSCI All Country World Index.
A plastic surgery clinic in suburban Atlanta has agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty and $25,000 in compensation to a woman the clinic refused to schedule an appointment for after she revealed she had HIV. The clinic also agreed to provide anti-discrimination training to employees and to issue policies clarifying that it does not discriminate against people with HIV or AIDS.
The prevalence of workplace harassment is linked to gender disparity and persistent biases, said Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, noting that women hold only a small percentage of top leadership positions. "This is about power, and if women had more, the culture would change," she said.
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