Quote Of The Week #281

Quote Of The Week #281 A problem is a chance for you to do your best. - Duke Ellington #failure #success #quotes #quoteoftheweek #journeytoleadership #journeytoleadershipquote journeytoleadershipblog.com

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12 Things Leaders Do That Demotivate Their Team

Through their actions and decisions, leaders highly impact your overall job experience.

For the most part, they are responsible for your motivation, responsibilities, career prospects, work-life balance, engagement and alignment.

Wondering how leadership can demotivate teams?

12 Things Leaders Do That Demotivate Their Team #motivation #remoteworking #journeytoleadership journeytoleadershipblog.com

Motivation is the combination of traits that drive someone to achieve their goals.

Therefore, demotivation occurs when there is a significant loss of drive, eagerness or willingness to do the work.

The loss of motivation mostly translates itself into:

  • Increased absenteeism,
  • Long lunches and breaks during working hours,
  • Unprofessionalism, distraction and disconnection from the job,
  • Distance and disconnection from others,
  • Desire to distract others.

Unfortunately, toxic leaders are often the cause of said demotivation.

1. Toxic leaders are closed to new ideas

Not only are they closed to new ideas, they will gladly criticize and shut others down.

Furthermore, they do not embrace change. They will usually think that they know best and will follow through on bad ideas despite the evidence of the contrary.

2. Toxic leaders encourage toxicity

They let bad behavior go unchecked.

Illegal behaviors such as toxic competition, sexual harassment, prurient curiosity, invasion of privacy, racism, sexism and discriminatory speeches are ignored, celebrated and are embedded in the company culture.

3. Toxic leaders don’t lead by example

They avoid engaging in difficult tasks or challenging conversations.

They also behave poorly but get away with it because they have the power to do so or because human resources turn a blind eye to their behavior.

4. Toxic leaders pressure their team to meet unrealistic expectations

As a leader, ensuring that your team members meet the bottom line is surely important.

However, employees who cannot meet unrealistic goals tend to get demotivated and quit.

5. Toxic leaders treat their team like a commodity

They feel free to disrespect their team members, take advantage of people or play with their team like pawns.

They also feel free to fire people or demonstrate that they are replaceable.

Demotivated perform at their minimal best but not because they lack discipline.

6. Toxic leaders are in constant competition

Competitive and jealous leaders have huge egos and very low self esteem.

In this scenario, high performers tend to go unrecognized and unrewarded.

Even worse, their ideas are stolen and their achievements ignored.

7. Toxic leaders micromanage

Leaders who micromanage lack trust in the abilities of their team members.

They don’t allow their team to make or correct mistakes.

8. Toxic leaders don’t listen

Bad leaders don’t listen to anyone or anything.

By doing so, they don’t understand their team members potential and don’t adapt projects to them.

The reality is that when teams don’t feel heard, they ultimately get demotivated.

9. Toxic leaders don’t believe in work relationships

They are unaware of their team members responsibilities.

Leaders who don’t work on a relationship with their team members rarely notice when a team member gets demotivated.

10. Toxic leaders don’t communicate objectives

When teams don’t see the bigger picture or feel like they are in the loop, they become unable to measure their performance, involvement and their impact.

11. Toxic leaders brew conflict

They pit employees one against the other, play favorites and treat others unfairly.

That way, while employees are occupied fighting, nobody has the time they question their poor leadership.

In that case, motivation is lossed and employees usually quit.

12. Toxic leaders are not flexible

They don’t allow remote working and don’t encourage a healthy work-life balance.

They are oblivious to the fact that motivated teams contribute twice as more than demotivated ones.

Last Words Of Advice

People don’t leave jobs, they leave terrible leaders.

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Quote Of The Week #280

Quote Of The Week #280 Feelings are much like waves we can't stop them from coming but we can choose which ones to surf #journeytoleadership #discipline #emotions #emotionaldiscipline #quotes #quoteoftheweek journeytoleadershipblog.com

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2 Leadership Apps to Get The Best Out Of Your Remote Meetings

Unfortunately, during meetings, the useful information is often forgotten or lost in translation…

Indeed, most in person meetings are often boring, exhausting or redundant.

Remotely, meetings are difficult to set up and to focus on from beginning to end.

Fortunately, there are two leadership apps available that will allow you to get the best out of your meetings.

1. Blue Jeans

Blue Jeans is mobile videoconferencing app for Android phones and tablets, geared towards leaders who have a presentation to give before a large audience over videoconference.

Blue jeans provides a professional stamp and customizes virtual events by allowing you to:

  • Connect to large company events.
  • Proudly display your brand like your logo, your name tags and company profile as background wallpaper.
  • Cancel background noise to only keep your speech.
  • Keep up with your meetings by importing them Office 365 Calendar, Google, the calendar app of your phone.
  • Give a professional presentation using your phone.

In addition, you can try Blue jeans for free for 14 days without any credit card information.

2. Sembly AI

Sembly AI is subscription based SaaS platform that wants to improve the way that professionals work all over the world with the adoption of AI and Machine Learning technologies in the workplace.

Sembly AI allows you to record your meetings, transcribe your meetings and highlight the key items within that meeting.

Sembly AI analyzes the content of your meeting without you having to assist. It gives you a quick overview of the meeting by displaying the discussed topics, insightful information and the key details.

Furthermore, Sembly AI recognizes your voice, learns from your vocabulary and respond to your commands.

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Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter by Robert Bruce Shaw

Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter by Robert Bruce ShawAccording to Robert Bruce Shaw, in Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter, great leadership emanates from an ability to make great decisions which comes from making bad decisions and learning from them. The sooner in your career that those bad decisions are made, the better.

Of course, you make fewer mistakes as you progress in your career and as you experience the outcomes of the mistakes, but you never stop making them. In addition, mistakes are more costly as you move up the ladder in a company and can potentially derail your career.

In light of this issue, in Leadership Blindspots, Robert Bruce Shaw investigates the existence of leadership blindspot, an “unrecognized weakness or threat that has the potential to undermine a leader’s success” and that becomes evident in the way your team, organizations and markets are perceived.

How to characterize leadership blindspots?

First of all, leadership blindspots  are often associated to leadership strengths. They appear whenever the leader is utilizing his or her strengths at work.

Second of all, blindspots don’t disappear, even if you are fully aware of them.

Thirdly, blindspots are situational, adaptive and can be helpful.

And finally, blindspots are able to impact other people and followers.

Advice for understanding and dealing with leadership blindspots?

Furthermore, blindspots come with a price and has to be recognized by the leader in order for him or her to find a balance.

To do so, leaders have to weigh two conflicting needs:

  1. their need for acting with confidence, believing strongly in their vision, and having faith in themselves, their abilities.
  2. their need for assessing their limitations in order to avoid overconfidence or excessive optimism.

The complex balance between self-confidence and self-doubt is unnatural, contradictory but necessary, depends on each individual and each situation.

If there are too many blindspots, the leader can be overly confident and arrogant. If there are too few blindspots, the leader is somewhat realistic about the obstacles to face, is aware of his or her strengths and weaknesses.

Are there different levels of blindness?

There are three levels of blindness that a leader could experience:

  1. Lack of awareness level. This is the “most extreme form of a blindspot”. At this level, leaders are constantly surprised or blindsided by events.
  2. Faulty assessment level. At this level, leaders are in denial: they refuse to acknowledge risks, to analyze known weaknesses, and to understand the causes and consequences of their blindspots.
  3. Failure to act level. At this level, leaders know the risks, threats and weaknesses that lay ahead but fail to act on them for lack of skills and resolve. Those leaders are adept to the rule “when in doubt, do nothing” or rather remain in their comfort zones.

How to identify your leadership blindspots? 

In order to identify your blindspots:

  1. Review your past and present mistakes. Mistakes are indicative of blindspots, areas of lack of self-awareness, and areas of faulty patterns of thinking and behavior. It is advised  to identify the most significant mistakes, their causes, patterns of behavior and thinking associated to these mistakes and the actions to be taken on the behalf of the leader to prevent those mistakes from reoccurring.
  2. Consider honest and useful feedback from your trusted advisors.
  3. Gain additional insight by taking the blindspot assessment survey.

Then, question the relative importance of your blindspots in your career and its impacts on yourself, the organization to  distinguish which blindspot requires your immediate attention.

What are the different types of leadership blindspots?

Robert Bruce Shaw has classified leadership blindspots in 20 categories:

  1. “Overestimating your strategic capabilities”
  2. “Valuing being right over being effective”
  3. “Failing to balance the what with the how”
  4. “Not seeing your impact on others”
  5. “Believing the rules don’t apply to you”
  6. “Thinking the present is the past”
  7. “Failing to focus on the vital few”
  8. “Taking for granted your team model”
  9. “Overrating the talent on your team”
  10. “Avoiding the tough conversations”
  11. “Trusting the wrong individuals”
  12. “Not developing real successors”
  13. “Failing to capture hearts and minds”
  14. “Losing touch with your shop floor”
  15. “Treating information and opinion as fact”
  16. “Misreading the political landscape”
  17. “Putting personal ambition before the company”
  18. “Clinging to the status quo”
  19. “Underestimating your competitors”
  20. “Being overly optimistic”

Which factors trigger blindspots?

Blindspots often go hand in hand with the leader’s strengths and reappear unexpectedly when the leader does what he or she does best.

There are few factors that lead to blindspots areas:

  1. Experience gaps“. The blindspot stems from a lack of experience or from a habit of using past experiences to extrapolate a present situation.
  2. Information overload” describes an inability to pay attention to everything that is happening when engaged in a complex and challenging task.
  3. Emotional bias” corresponds to an emotional involvement in a particular situation or outcome that clouds judgement.
  4. Cognitive dissonance” is a psychology term associated to a state in which leaders hold two conflicting views of their self-image. The “conflict is resolved through rationalizing one’s belief or actions in a manner that sustains one’s positive self-image” which reinforces the blindspot.
  5. “Misaligned incentives” are compensation systems that are “designed to focus attention and effort within an organization, with the result being that people focus more on some areas than on others”.
  6. Hierarchical distortion”. The information transmitted to hierarchy becomes distorted, false, incomplete because:
    • high-ranking leaders are sometimes detached from the lower levels of the organization.
    • subordinates tend to sugarcoat information by deference or by fear of retaliation.
    • high-ranking leaders pay less attention to less powerful people.
  7. Overconfidence“. Leaders overestimates their own capabilities, skills and knowledge.

How to overcome blindspots?

According to Robert Bruce Shaw, it is not possible to completely suppress blindspots but it is important to recognize them and find ways to work with them?

To handle blindspot:

  1. Make an assessment of the problem on your own, stay on contact with frontliners, customers, markets and high potential individuals.
  2. Invest in metrics, processes and data that challenge the leader’s beliefs and basic assumptions.
  3. Develop an ability to recognize, prioritize blindspot warning signs.
  4. Consider feedback from trusted advisors.
  5. “Leaders need to test their ideas and discuss emerging threats with a diverse team of individuals who respect each other’s experience and abilities but are also willing to push each other to reach the best outcomes on the truly critical issues”.

In conclusion, leaders are flawed individuals with strengths, weaknesses and blindspots that are to be acknowledged. Blindspots often show up when the leader is using his or her strengths or reverts to their comfort zone, and cannot be completely resolved.

It is up to the leader to stay on the lookout for blindspots, to strike up a balance between self-confidence and self-doubt.

Review

indexIn Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter, Robert Bruce Shaw analyses leadership behaviors when it comes to blindspots and weaknesses. He illustrates every single one of his thoughts on blindspots with great and renown leadership examples and concludes each example with an analysis and lessons to take away. Furthermore, not only this book contains realistic and applicable examples, each paragraph of this book can be read on standalone.

In addition, Robert Bruce Shaw provides us with a tool —the blindspot assessment survey— for us to identify whether or not we possess blindspots and to what degree we have incubated them. I recommend this book to employees who are failing to lead and to boost their careers.

It has come to my knowledge that because of my belief system, I am an adept of the rule “when in doubt, stand still” which has not bothered my career but has increased my serenity. After taking the blindspot assessment test, I have received a low probability of blindspots as I am self-aware of my strengths and of my weaknesses.

Finally, Leadership Blindspots was intriguing to me because there are so many books about leadership strengths and developing them.

I equally appreciated the fact that he mentioned the need for transparency (better visibility of mistakes thanks to the media) which put leaders are under a lot of pressure, all while trying to overcome their blindspots.

Favorite quote(s)

People who are smart and self-assured are often very skillful at justifying their thinking and behavior—to the point of being in denial about their weaknesses and the threats they face. Their intelligence can work against them when they convince themselves, and often others, that they are right even when they are wrong.

Successful individuals who sometimes stumble often do so because they have no one who can protect them from themselves.

The best leaders develop a range of compensating mechanisms that fit their personalities and the company cultures in which they work. In many cases these leaders don’t fundamentally change the way they think, but instead develop warning systems that surface important weaknesses and threats.

Ratings 3/5

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4 Best Recruitment Apps For Leaders

It’s time to hire a new employee…

Finally, you realize that you need a hand and you have the budget to hire someone.

However, you don’t know where to start, where to look and who to look for.

No need to go to a recruitment agency.

There are a few leadership apps that can ease your life during the recruitement process and help you make a confident decision.

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1. BreezyHR

BreezyHR is a hiring platform that helps you make better hiring decisions,

With BreezyHR, you can attract, engage, manage and review the right candidates seamlessly in one place with custom questionnaires, automated interview scheduling, email & SMS messaging.

You can publish the job description and can start recruiting conversations directly on BreezyHR hiring platform.

You will then be able to recognize the best applicants at a glance with convenient, structured feedback.

2. 20NINE

20NINE is specific to hiring internationally and allows you to build, manage, and retain an
international team easily and efficiently, with professional liability.
With 20NINE, you will be able to create your candidate database, import candidates from LinkedIn, send personal mass emails and add candidates to call lists.
In addition, you will be able to tag candidates with the right skills and experiences to easily find suitable profiles.

3. Workable

Workable is a recruiting software that centralizes the recruitment process in one location, reduces the timeframe of the hiring process for the candidates and for the recruiter.

Workable takes advantage the fast-moving hiring market and hiring pool, allows you to measure the recruitment initiatives and to focus on what matters.

4. Oyster

Oyster is a global employment platform designed to enable visionary HR leaders to find, engage, pay, manage, develop and take care of a thriving global workforce.

You can source out the applicants from all over the world and focus on building a brilliant global team.

Journey To Leadership curates the best apps available on the market to satisfy the needs of our readers and leaders.

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12 Things You Will Learn After Using Monday.com

Since 2020, the way we work has changed.

The way we want to go to work and our need to maintain a healthy work life balance has been solidified by the pandemic.

We require to work remotely.

We require to work somewhere that we believe in.

We require to work in a way that suits us and that allows better productivity.

However, companies are not always too comfortable with giving away all that autonomy and freedom to their teams.

Monday.com is a visual collaborative tool that help leaders and their teams increase productivity.

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1. There are learning opportunities everywhere

Everyone is learning new ways to approach their work life and life itself.

With Monday.com, leaders and their teams can connect, build better trust and increase work productivity, even from a distance.

2. Anything can be solved with good organization

With Monday.com, I am able to centralize my work and my tools in one place.

I am also able to handle my projects from beginning to end.

3. Keep the work flowing

I get to collaborate at a distance and shape the workflow the way I want.

4. Delegate task

With Monday.com, I get to let go of some control and empower the team by delegating tasks.

5. See the bigger picture

This user-friendly tool allows me to shift perspective.

If you are in a difficult situation, you’ll be able to take a step back, get yourself together and revisit your plan.

6. Take a break from office politics

Office politics can be overwhelming.

They can take a toll on you and follow you home.

With Monday.com, take a breath and almost adhere more to a laissez-faire leadership style

7. Working remotely

Collaborative tools such as Monday.com, allow people to choose their hours as long as they pull their weight and to work at their own pace.

8. Track my performance

If you are like, you enjoy getting an overview of your progress and tracking your progress.

Then this app is made for you and cuts down your time computing KPI and numbers.

9. Track team performance

Every team member will want to show that they can do their jobs.

You will be able to see who is bitting off more than they can chew and not doing enough, not working in their area of strength.

10. Identify strength and weaknesses

You’ll be able to pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses of my teams, what they choose to focus on and their performances.

11. Identify blindspots

Monday.com sets you up to win.

Get to identify blindspots with the summary of tasks done and to do.

12. Get purposeful

You’ll get to focus on the essentials and make meetings more meaningful.

How about scaling up your business with the extra time.

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