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Do You Show Your People that You Care?
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"The problem isn't that we don't care, it's that we don't show that we care," writes Jennifer Garvey Berger in today's blog on BecomeALeader.
Continuing her exploration of the key components of an environment that helps us be our biggest selves, she focuses on genuine commitment and care. "For plants and people," she observes, "that kind of nourishment creates the context for our growth."
But what does that kind of nourishment look like? For starters, it's about "having the career of the human being in front of you matter more than the next task at hand. This means we may all have to get a little better at talking about feelings, at being willing to be uncomfortable in the messiness of life, at pausing to breathe in between outputs."
To be sure, there are risks associated with being more demonstrative about your care and concern for your colleagues as human beings-it makes you more vulnerable for one thing. But have you stopped to consider the upside?
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Why You Should Befriend Your Shadow Self
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Remember the character in the Austin Powers movies known as Mini Me? Today, on BecomeALeader, Jennifer Garvey is back to teach us more about the "small self."
In her most recent BALO blog on the topic, she wrote that "the small you comes in times of stress or threat. This is the part of us that is self-focused, often with something of a victim stance, and tends to ruminate on the ways we have to defend something precious to us."
In today's post, Jennifer describes the advantages of befriending the small self: "If you take her [the small self's] presence as an early warning system, you can do the things you know that calm her down." This is one element of an overall strategy that can enable the many components of our personality work together-and at a much higher level.
Today in Groups and Relationships at BecomeALeader
Saying Goodbye to Stephen Covey
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As a tribute to the noted leadership author Stephen Covey, whose death was reported earlier today, our featured knowledge asset is a video clip related to Covey's most recent book: The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems. In it Covey describes the synergistic process by which people are able to transcend "the typical gridlock most people face when dealing with problems or conflicts."
When faced with a decision or dilemma, there are almost always more than two alternatives, Covey insists: "Synergy is not just resolving a conflict or coming to a compromise. When we get to synergy, we transcend the conflict, we go beyond it to something new, something that excites everyone with fresh promise and transforms the future."
The clip is very representative of Covey's entire body of work-his clarity of expression, as well as his passion to help individuals be more effective in pursuing their life's purpose.
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How to Discover the Simple Gifts of Who You Are
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Today on BecomeALeader, we're featuring something different: the music of Aaron Copland.
Listen to a portion of his majestic Appalachian Spring, and then join managing editor Loren Gary in a few reflections on the simple gifts of self-knowledge and purpose.
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Did You Know Bad Leaders Can Make You Sick?
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"The tenuous empirical link between leadership style and employee health has led many organizations to abandon their leader development programs," writes managing editor Loren Gary in today's blog post on BecomeALeader.
However, he notes, a recent article, titled "The Impact of Leader Behavior on Employee Health: Lessons for Leadership Development, not only provides a valuable summary of the best data-based evidence for a connection between leadership and employees physical and mental health, but also makes a compelling case for basing leader development programs on specific leader behaviors instead of leadership style.
The implications for your organization's approach to leadership development are significant.