If you were to reflect on your working life to date, how many amazing managers with exemplary leadership skills have you worked for or with? How many managers have you worked for or with that had no leadership skills at all? Numerous leadership articles and assessments are available online and offline and the one that caught my attention recently is the Leadership Practices Inventory available through http://www.leadershipchallenge.com

This organisation suggests the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership includes: Model the Way,

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The New Year is traditionally the time when a small portion of the population write down NY resolutions and commit to keeping them. Statistically however, few people are successful in their resolutions, possibly because they’re a should or must do resolution and not necessarily a deep, driving need. An alternative that may be more realistic is to forget resolutions altogether and focus instead on the Mental Health Foundation’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing. These provide a useful framework for setting intentions and goals for the future and the headings to use include: Connect (social wellbeing),

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There’s an unfortunate norm that occurs in many organisations – staff new to management go into entry-level management positions with little support or guidance on what management actually entails. Typically, those around them are busy in their own roles and oftentimes, new staff are left to figure things out as they go along. The school of hard knocks unfolds before them, often a difficult road to go down alone.

A resource to help people new to entry-level management is The Beginner’s Guide to Management.

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The first few days, weeks and months in a new role are hugely important for new appointee and those around them. A mistake often made by some new appointees is in their rush to make an immediate impact, they fail to take the time to get to know and understand the people around them; fail to determine the extend and scope of what people do, and to fully understand the context they work within. The colleagues working with or around a new appointee tend watch them carefully over the first few weeks to see how they’re going to fit in and they quickly develop an overall impression about them –

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Who isn’t? Given we spend so much time at work and expend enormous amounts of energy doing what we do in our workplace, it should be the source of happiness and fulfilment. Yet often times, it isn’t. Dr Srikumar Rao’s presentation on this topic is timely, hugely interesting and educational. Take an hour out of your day to hear his lecture and tips:

http://www.mindvalleyinsights.com/how-to-find-happiness-and-fulfillment-in-your-work-dr-srikumar-rao-at-awesomenessfest/

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Rudman (1999:52) in Human Resources Management in New Zealand says the top 10 factors in job satisfaction include: respect of the people you work with; learning something new; seeing your suggestions acted upon; being asked for advice; being well trained; personal freedom; a challenge; helping other people; respect of other people in your field; and being liked by the people you work with.
How many of these factors can you tick? What factors aren’t on Rudman’s list that you’d like to see there?

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Teresa Amabile, in a TedTalks session at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD6N8bsjOEE discusses the Progress Principle and the catalysts and inhibitors to employee engagement. She notes the importance of small wins and how to make progress in the workplace while caring about the people who work within it. It’s well worth watching.

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Great news in The Press, 09/09/2013 – the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will soon issue new guidelines that define bullying and alert bosses to what they need to do to counteract any bullying in their workplaces. The statistics are staggering: bullying costs companies millions of dollars in lost productivity; and in the rehiring and retraining costs to replace staff who leave unsafe workplaces. In my experience, few workplaces have documented policies and processes to deal with bullying behaviour so the behaviours are enabled and good staff eventually leave for safer workplaces.

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