Causing chaos is great for getting attention, but it creates fear and turnover while harming morale, writes Theodore Kinni. "These are leaders who have a fetish for defying expectations -- clearly, consistency is not their strong suit," he writes.
Thanks to technology and social media, the way to effectively lead today requires influence and transparency, says James Strock. "The ongoing empowerment of individuals and previously isolated or marginalized groups through new technology has accelerated the longstanding trend toward leadership exerted through influence rather than domination or dictation," he writes.
Agile companies often feature smaller teams of employees who report to "functional" and "value-creating" chains of command, with middle management also structured differently from that of the average company, writes Aaron De Smet. "Typically composed of eight to 10 individuals, they have end-to-end accountability for specific outcomes and make their own decisions about how to achieve their goals," he writes.
Good communication within a company keeps everyone on task and informed, and there is rarely a good reason for withholding information, writes Steve Keating. "Leaders should never withhold information from their people only for the sake of withholding it," he argues.
CEOs can generate better ideas and feedback by inviting employees to set the agenda rather than starting meetings with their opinions, writes POPin's Brian Anderson. "I'm not suggesting management by mob rule, but more often than not, while leaders know what needs to be done, employees know why and how best it can be done," he notes.
A study suggests that people default to whatever task has the shortest deadline instead of being able to judge which is actually more important, writes Lila MacLellan. "Ultimately, the goal should be to question your choices constantly, and to develop the ability to watch your mind as it gets whipped up by sudden requests," she writes.
Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard likes to think about careers as starting with a defining, long-term goal. "Ask yourself what you hope to get out of this life, let that enduring ambition guide you, and if the right tools don't exist to accomplish it, design your own tools," he writes.
Employees must receive two types of respect to feel valued: owed respect and earned respect, Marquette University professor Kristie Rogers writes. Owed respect is shared equally among all employees of an organization, while earned respect is conferred through individual recognition.
One hour is enough time to update your profile photo on LinkedIn, update your previous jobs and add keywords to make your profile more attractive to recruiters, says Donna Serdula, creator of LinkedIn-Makeover.com. In that time, you can also update your skills and profile headline.
About one-third of the 21 states immediately affected by the Supreme Court ruling that made it illegal to force nonunion public employees to pay union fees are trying to keep employees from dropping union membership. The moves include limiting the time frame for dropping membership and allowing unions to withhold some services from nonmembers.
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