Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on Strategy and Alignment. We asked thought leaders from around the world to share their very best post on strategy. [embedded content] Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about inspiring […]
Author Archive | Karin Hurt
Your new hire is driving home from her very first day. What’s she feeling? What’s she going to tell her kids about mommy’s new job? When she wakes up at 3 am anticipating Day 2, what’s on her mind? The statistics are astounding. There’s no question that the first day, and the 89 days that follow, […]
Dear Karin & David, What do you do with a boss who makes it impossible to focus? We agree on a direction and three days later he has seventeen new ideas, dumps them on us, and the managers are expected to somehow get their teams organized and performing. We can’t ever finish one project before […]
“I’m sick of this crap! Why can’t they just figure this out?” Scott was CEO of an engineering firm that produced communications hardware and software for industries around the globe. He had worked hard with his board and senior leadership team to settle on their strategic M.I.T. for the next 18 months. They needed to […]
“Mark, What’s your M.I.T.?” Mark pushed back from his desk. “That’s a great question. I’ve so much flying at me…” He sighed. “I don’t have a clue.” Mark’s calendar might look familiar: wall-to-wall meetings, often with two or three appointments competing for the same window of time. Management means an unending stream of information, problems […]
Credibility is hard to establish and even easier to lose. The sad truth is I’ve seen really good leaders lose the confidence and credibility of their teams by making well-intentioned and innocent mistakes. I’m not talking about the big stuff like lack of follow-through or breaking commitments, but the subtle shifts that undermine all the trust you’re working to build. Don’t fall into these traps.
No one puts mom as a job title on their resume. In fact many moms hide their mommy status when interviewing for a new job. They may even strip their resume of relevant volunteer experience that would reveal their motherhood status. I’m in the other camp entirely. Most moms bring a maturity and level of endurance to their leadership that’s hard to gain as quickly from other leadership roles. I’ve never had a problem with a leader on my team related to her mommyness. And I’d rather work for a boss (and with peers) who have children. Turns out I’m not alone.
A study done by WorldWit found that 69% of workers would rather work for a mom than a non-mom, while only 2% preferred a non-mom.
So in the spirit of Mothers Day, I bring you 7 reasons moms make amazing leaders. Does this apply to Dads too? Of course, but it’s Mothers Day, so lean in and read on.
With all this talk of failing forward, why do so many leaders still cover up their screw ups? This post outs some of the worst leadership behaviors, when leaders cover-up or side step failure.
Shortly after joining a new church, the council president enthusiastically revealed that I was part of their “volunteer leadership succession plan.” I politely declined and spent the next month working to act less “leader-like” at church. Plus, I figured if I skipped coffee hour, I could dodge the recruiters. Busy people freak out when asked […]
Like parents protecting children, your team decides what you can handle. You think you’ve got the whole story. How to get your team to tell you the truth.