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Is Direct Leadership = Stewardship?

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Someone Popped a Question

Don’t you love it when someone asks you a truly great question? This happened to me just recently. The question was “Is your Direct Leadership® model a stewardship approach?”

Stewardship - a Familiar Term that has Re-emerged

The term stewardship in an organizational context was first launched around the turn of the milennium. At the time, it didn’t really catch on. I believe that it was simply too early. However, recently the term has be…

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Competencies vs. Leadership Deliverables

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The Difference is Obvious 

If you ask a kid in 4th grade about the difference between competencies and deliverables, most will be able to give you a clear answer. A competence is when I can do something well, e.g. I’m good at reading or good at math. Deliverable is the homework that I hand in, my contribution in class or anything else that I produce using my competencies.

If I only have competencies, but don’t hand in homework or take the tests, I will flunk that topic…

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Remote Leadership – how to Stay Relevant and Engaging when Leading from a Distance

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Same – But Different

When working with employees remotely, you are essentially required to deliver a timely and engaging day-to-day leadership just as you should if you were in proximity of your employees. But there is one big difference, that makes it more challenging. The communication channels are much narrower.

Since you won’t meet your employees at the coffee machine and in the hallway, you will be exposed to fewer informal cues from your employees about how they …

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Time to Replace Cancellations with Online Training

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Right now, Training & Development Staff Everywhere are Being Asked to Postpone and Cancel Training Programs

At the time of writing this blogpost, the Western World is fearful about the consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic. And C-suites are tempted to reach for the auto-pilot from the finance crisis (and every crisis before that) and simply cancel training efforts. But this time it is appropriate to warn against wholesale cancellations of all training and development. …

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Our Language about Leadership Performance Doesn’t Encourage Collaboration

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Do you Ever Stop Yourself from Discussing Day-to-Day Leadership with Colleagues?

From time to time, leaders inevitably find themselves wondering how to tackle a situation. But most leaders hesitate to talk with their peers about it. Even if a close colleague would be in a unique position to understand what the leader is up against. 

Discussing Leadership Challenges would be the Logical Thing to Do

Most people will agree that to discuss with a peer, a boss or another c…

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Leadership in Agile Work Environments

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Employees call for visible and engaging leaders – especially when work “turns agile”

Employees everywhere complain about invisible and un-engaging leaders. This problem will increase with the changes we are currently undergoing when it comes to how work is organized.

The solution lies in shifting focus from competencies and personalities to leadership deliverables.

 

In Earlier Times a Look at the Organization Chart would Tell People’s Responsibilities and Their Le…

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Succession Planning based on Leadership Deliverables

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Succession Planning is often easier to agree upon than to implement

Nothing is easier than recognizing the need for a well designed, smooth leadership succession program. Identifying and grooming specific people to take over when a manager moves on in the organisation or leaves is a way to ensure consistency and organisational resilience. But just filling gaps isn’t everything to strive for.


Leadership succession is leadership development

A succession planning progr…

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