Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap Means Focusing on What Employees Think, Not What They Do

Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap Means Focusing on What Employees Think, Not What They Do

When you embark on a new strategic journey to sustain and grow your organization in an uncertain world, what do you prioritize? If you’re like most of the leaders we know, you start with organizational structure and processes. We asked 80 senior executives from 20 countries and 25 industries where they focus their attention throughout strategic execution.

Starbucks’ President Reveals 6 Leadership Traits That Led to His Success

Starbucks’ President Reveals 6 Leadership Traits That Led to His Success

During his tenure, he helped grow the company from 28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents. He now dedicates a large part of his time to the development and education of future leaders and has been a longtime advocate of Servant Leadership. Behar was asked by Fox how more companies are able to create workplaces where employees’ voices matter and people thrive.

6 Things Great Leaders Always Do. According to Research!

6 Things Great Leaders Always Do. According to Research!

Dr. Jim Laub, a leadership scholar and president of OLAGroup, has done extensive research on servant leadership’s impact on human performance. His original studies set out to find out the answer to three questions:

How is servant leadership defined?
What are the characteristics of servant leadership?
Can the presence of these characteristics within organizations be assessed?

Why Leaders Should Rethink a Business Culture in Which Everyone Is Always ‘Busy’

Why Leaders Should Rethink a Business Culture in Which Everyone Is Always ‘Busy’

Think about your day-to-day interactions in the workplace: Specifically, how do you react to the question, “How are things going?” We bet that, more often than not, your response is, “I’m so busy” — or words to that effect.

In fact, society has reached a point at which saying “I’m so busy!” is the standard response and has even become a kind of badge or symbol of importance — “Of course I’m busy; I’m important!”

This is not a healthy trend, especially considering how an emphasis on being “busy” has trickled down from company leadership to general staff. Today, all levels are displaying this behavior: Employees who rank lower and earn less are just as fixated as executives on staying busy — or at least appearing to be.

Richard Branson’s 10 Favorite Quotes on Collaboration

Richard Branson’s 10 Favorite Quotes on Collaboration

Traditional leadership models were built on hierarchies and managing from the top down. Today we’ve evolved to collaborative leadership models, which has moved customary CEO roles from the one to the many. Richard Branson and other famed leaders built their success with a collaborative approach. Let Branson’s favorite quotes on the topic inspire you to do the same.

These Are the 10 Things Workers Need the Most to Succeed

These Are the 10 Things Workers Need the Most to Succeed

Late last year, Officevibe, the leader in employee engagement software, released an unprecedented, real-time report on the “State of Employee Engagement,” based on hundreds of thousands of answers from their customer survey software. Unlike so many dated reports, what employees are telling their companies about what truly matters to them using Officevibe software is in the here and now. It updates in real time, adding new data as answers stream in, like, right now. More than 50,000 employees from over 1,000 organizations representing 150 countries have registered their views since 2013, representing close to 1.2 million data points.

4 Ways to Be a More Authentic Leader

4 Ways to Be a More Authentic Leader

As a leader, you probably look to other leaders for tips on how to think and behave in order to be effective and successful in your role. Some leadership skills may come naturally to you while others may be outside of your comfort zone. While it’s important to push yourself to grow and learn, you might not want to stray too far from your authentic self. Research has shown that an employee’s perception of authentic leadership is the strongest predictor of his or her job satisfaction, commitment to the organization, and overall happiness at work. According to professor and Discover Your True North author Bill George, it takes more than just showing up to work to come across as authentic.