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June 2013

Leadership Insight Newsletter

In This Issue
Developing The Next Generation Of Leaders
Creating A Corporate Culture To Attract Top Talent
The Silent Side Of Communicating

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Developing The Next Generation Of Leaders

One of the most important roles of senior executives is to develop the company's future leadership. The groups of leaders that can help take the company to the next level.

Even with the uncertain economy, there is a surge of "baby boomers" retiring (8,000 per day) and it is resulting in a shortage of leaders. This shortage of leadership comes at a time of rapid change. With globalization, the volatile economy, technology changes, and the increased demands of stakeholders, leadership is vital to not only succeed but also, in some cases, just to survive.

Most often it is less expensive to reach within the company's workforce for this future leadership than it is to hire from the outside. Developing the leadership skills necessary for leading your company into the future needs to be a part of the company culture.

In house, ongoing training programs to develop these skills for your high potential employees should include; assessments, communication training, leadership skills development programs, mentoring, management training, coaching, and goal setting.

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Creating A Corporate Culture To Attract Top Talent

Creating a corporate culture that attracts top talent is an investment in your company's future. It is very important to recognize that becoming an employer of choice is not luck; it is a strategy. A strategy that starts at the top and is lived and articulated by everyone. A companywide endeavor that is communicated consistently in words and actions. Everyone within your organization needs to know that it is the goal of the company to become the employer of choice.

Your message must be congruent in all aspects of marketing too. Your website, social media accounts, marketing brochures, etc... must all show the company values in its communications.

What are employees looking for?

Employees want to know a company respects and values them and their position. They want challenging, exciting work with the ability to learn and grow. They want to know what is expected of them and how they can help the company achieve its vision & goals. An honest wage for an honest day's work is highly valued. Money is not the #1 motivator. In fact, it is often a short-term motivator. Employees want good leadership and a great relationship with the supervisors. They need the open communication, encouragement, training, and the necessary tools to do their job.

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The Silent Side Of Communicating  

Whether negotiating the biggest deal of your career, coaching your team, or describing a project, keep your ears open. Otherwise, you may talk yourself right out of the room.

To be a better listener:

* Try not to judge. Even if you disagree with what's being said or the way it's presented, resist planning a rebuttal. Focus on understanding the message, not critiquing the messenger.

* Commit your full attention as soon as the other person starts to speak, not just when you hear a word or phrase that interests you.

* Do whatever it takes to limit distractions. Examples: Suspend incoming phone calls, remove unnecessary papers from your desktop, or meet in a neutral area, such as a conference room.

Tip: If you're entering a room, ask the speaker to wait until you're both comfortable to start the conversation. In addition, extend the same courtesy when someone comes to your office. t

Source: Negotiate Like the Pros, by John Patrick Dolan, Berkley Publishing Group, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016