Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Learn from Reading 'Leadership 2.0': Character

Being a leader is to incorporate what you believe into the company vision and mission. Sometimes, what you want and what the company wants could be different. But you need to do your best to put them together. To this end, you need to develop your character so that people can look up to and do their best to follow you. You need integrity, credibility, and value differences.

Integrity

"Integrity is the consistency between what you say, what you do, what you value, and what your organization values."

Friday, April 25, 2014

Learn from Reading 'Leadership 2.0': Organization Justice

Organizational justice is the feeling that the organization treats you fairly. It makes you feel important and wanted in the organization. It creates productivity and job satisfaction among employees. You can create organizational justice working environment using the following three skills: Decision fairness, information sharing, and outcome concern.

Decision Fairness

     When you make a decision, you need to make people feel heard and respected. People don't want to be taken advantage of. They want to feel that they are treated fairly. You can do the following three things to make fair decisions:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Learn from Reading 'Leadership 2.0': Emotional Intelligence

Emotion and Reason

     Consciously or unconsciously, we often give priority to emotion. The reason is this. Everything we experience from our five senses is first translated to electrical signal which travels through our body to our brain.
     The signal always traverses the feeling part of our brain, before reaching the reasoning part of our brain. So we always feel before think.

IQ and EQ

     IQ is cognitive intelligence. It is fixed from birth. You don't get smarter over time, no matter how much you read. EQ, emotion intelligence, on the other hand, is how you deal with your own emotion. It can be improved over time.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Learn from Reading 'Leadership 2.0': Result

     Strategy and actions are just the means to an end, but not an end by themselves. The end that we want here is 'result'. After all, you do all hard work to get good result. And, you need to have three following skills to get a good result: Risk taking, result focus, and agility

Risking Taking

Leaders need to take a good risk, not just in business decision, but also in other stuff. They need to move out of their comfort zone and try new approaches. That way, they would have a better chance to connect with other people. Use the following strategies to help you choose and take better risks:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Learn from Reading 'Leadership 2.0': Action

"People don't take action when they're told to. People take action when they're compelled to."
     As a leader, you want people to work on their own free will but in your direction. You need to find a creative way to connect to people and to influence them to work in your direction. To this end, you need three critical skills: Decision making, communication, and mobilizing others.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Learn from Reading 'Leadership 2.0': Strategy

     There are four leadership skills you need to make effective strategy are vision, acumen, and planning, and the courage to lead.

    Vision

           Vision gives a clear direction for everyone. It motivates people to do the same thing. Unlike what a lot of companies do, vision is not for visitors. It is for  your people. Vision should indicate where and why you head the way you do. Make sure everyone understand your vision and the reason behind your vision.
        "Your vision must balance being realistic and feasible with being audacious enough to drive people and get them to let go of their routine. It should be brief enough to be easily communicated, yet detailed enough that people know exactly what their after."

        Tuesday, April 8, 2014

        Leadership 2.0: An Introduction

             There are two kinds of leadership skills: Core leadership skills and adaptive leadership skills. Core leadership skills are basic skills that get people into the position. Adaptive leadership skills are additional skills that drive great leaders above all other leaders.    

        Core Leadership is …


        Friday, April 4, 2014

        [Book Review] Leadership 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves

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        Rating: 4/5
        Learning Level: 3/5
        Genre: Non-Fiction, Business, Self-Development
        Book Review:
             I picked up this book since I want to learn more about leadership. I am at the point where I would have someone working for me soon. I want to know what ticks people and, perhaps more importantly, what encourages them to work for others rather than pursuing their own interest.
             Well, I find this book interesting. Also, most contents here are common knowledge, the author systematically reorganize the knowledge into easily digestible categories. The author starts with 360 degree refined assessment—A common test you ask most people around you to assess you. When you know the skills you lack, you can work on it. The author includes anonymous quotes from people around the test subject to complement his explanation of each leadership skills. This is nice and makes it easier to digest the content.
             The audiobook is narrated by Tom Parks. His voice is clear and easy to listen to. Overall, I like this book. I recommend this book for those who need to work on their leadership skills.

        Takeaways:


             There are two kinds of leadership: Core leadership and adaptive leadership. Core leadership consists of basic skills every leader should have. These skills are categorized into strategy skills, action skills, and result skills. Adaptive leadership makes great leaders be above good leaders. It consists of emotional intelligence (the ability to understand others), organizational justice (being fair), character, and development. 

        Table of Contents

        • Chapter 1: Leadership 2.0 (2.20)
        • Core Leadership
          • Chapter 2: Strategy 
          • Chapter 3: Action 
          • Chapter 4: Results
        • Adaptive Leadership
          • Chapter 5: Emotional Intelligence
          • Chapter 6: Organizational Justice
          • Chapter 7: Character
          • Chapter 8: Development 
        • Appendix A: The Research Behind 360° Refined™ 
        • Appendix B: Discussion Questions for Reading Groups
        • Learn More 
        Source: Leadership 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves 
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        Book or Audiobooks?

                  Personally, I prefer audiobooks. It's fun, and I can listen when I'm doing something else. It also makes other activities (e.g., jogging) a lot more fun. For more detail about audiobooks, please read [this post].   
                  There is one more reason that may encourage you to go for the audiobook version. You can get it now for FREE. Audible offers you a free trial for 14 days. Even if you get the book and cancel the subscription right away (so that you don't have to pay), you can keep the book. And, don't worry if you lost the audiobook file. Just log into audible.com. You can keep downloading the over and over again.
            About the summary: It takes time to finish up a book. And, when you do, sometimes, you want to review what you learn from the book. If you do not make  notes as you read, you might have to go through the book once again. This can be time-consuming when you are dealing with a book. But you can still flip through the book and locate what you are looking for.

        However, when the material is an audiobook, it is extremely hard to locate a specific part of content. Most likely you will have to listen to the entire audiobook once again.

        This book summary will help solve the pain of having to go through the book all over again.

        I am leaving out the details of the books. Most books have interesting examples and case studies, not included here. Reading the original book would be much more entertaining and enlightening. If you like the summary, you may want to get the original from the source below.