Today we dispatched the March edition of our Leadership That Works Newsletter, a curated digest of the best leadership links to read right now, sent at the end of each month. In this month’s edition: 12 powerful trends in business, how to build trust, the secret to agility, and more. As always, we’re sharing the articles from our newsletter here in case you’re not subscribed to our mailing list. (If you like what you see, you can sign up to receive our newsletter here).
Executive Coach, Jennifer Porter, has observed that the hardest leaders to coach are those who don’t take time to reflect. In this Harvard Business Review post, she shares the research-backed reasons why self-reflection is so important and shares practical ways to start building it into your leadership practice.
** Interested in building reflection into your leadership but don’t know where to start? Let our Founder, Doug Conant, guide you through his powerful process for self-reflection and leadership model-building at our next ConantLeadership Boot Camp. Learn more here.
“Extending trust is the defining skill that transforms a manager into a leader” says Stephen M.R. Covey, the most respected expert on workplace trust, in this insightful interviewin Human Resources Online. Helpfully, Covey imparts lots of wisdom on building trust including three proven ways to start earning trust in your organization.
**Follow this interview up with Doug and Stephen’s co-authored Harvard Business Review article on trust here, and then test your trustworthiness with our leadership character checklist here.
How can leaders create sustainable economic value in times of high volatility and turbulence? Rather than retreating and playing it safe, leaders need a bold and agile approach say the authors of this helpful London Business School Review post. Here, they explain the five pillars of agility that leaders will need to survive and thrive in the stormy seas ahead.
“Changing your mindset can go a long way to changing the way you see the world” writes Shane Parrish in this interesting Farnam Street post that recaps Brian Tracy’s rules for “rich” versus “poor” thinking. One key takeaway is that shifting your mindset from one that fears failure to one that courageously embraces the unknown can enhance your mental toolkit and yield better results.
** For more insights on combating fear, explore our post on leading with courage.
Faster doesn’t always mean more productive. Sometimes, the difference between haphazard leadership and effective leadership can be taking the time to think, coach, include, and encourage writes Mary Jo Asmus in this post.
“A tidal wave of change is coming that will soon make the way we work almost unrecognizable to today’s business leaders” says this comprehensive Boston Consulting Group report on the new business landscape. During a thorough, yearlong analysis of the global work landscape, they’ve identified twelve powerful trends that will, “revolutionize how organizations function.” Read the report to make sure you’re in a good position to nimbly adapt to what lies ahead.
Using the dramatic turnaround of NYU Langone Medical Center (from an operating loss of $120 Million in 2007 to now being one of the ten best hospitals in the United States) as a case study, the authors of this Strategy + Business Review article identify three essential strategies for transforming organizations. Hint: it involves putting people first.
**Interested in turnarounds? Follow this article up with our post on three small ways to make big change.