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6 days ago

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The Leadership Challenge: We wrap it up

This week I wrap up my series on the Leadership Challenge. This has been my interpretation of Kouzes & Posner’s five leadership practices that make extraordinary things happen in organizations. I hope you have found some of the content interesting and helpful. · If you have found ...

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John Whitehead

1 week ago

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Try It… It’s Worth It!

One of the keys to giving team members recognition is that you need to “know” them first. Understanding what they need in terms of recognition. If you have been following me for a while, you will know the importance of understanding the behaviour patterns of your team. Is that ha ...

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John Whitehead

2 weeks ago

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It’s a Mindset of Celebration!

How do you recognize, reward, and celebrate your team? You? · It’s a mindset of celebration! This week’s vlog explores how you can do this on a regular basis. · Let me know what you think. · John K Whitehead & Associates coaches individuals and organizations in becoming more effe ...

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John Whitehead

3 weeks ago

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How Do You Tie Recognition to Values?

Kouzes and Posner state that one of the practices that exceptional leaders do is tie recognition to shared values. So how do you do that? In this week’s Vlog post I talk about how one of my clients did this by tying success stories to the shared values of the team. He uses staff ...

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John Whitehead

1 month ago

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And The Reward Goes To?... Giving Recognition

Kouzes and Posner state that “getting extraordinary things done in organizations is hard work. People become exhausted, frustrated, and disenchanted”. So encouraging the heart of your team is a very important past of being a leader. It’s about inspiring others with courage and ho ...

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John Whitehead

1 month ago

“I Appreciate the Job You Are Doing!”

This week’s vlog continues our series looking at the final practice in Kouzes & Posner’s book The Leadership Challenge, Encourage the Heart. This practice is all about recognizing and appreciating staff, their skills and the abilities they bring to their roles! How often do you r ...

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1 month ago

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Encourage the Heart: Recognition is the key

We've come to the final practice, the final practice in Kouzes and Posner's, The Leadership Challenge. Over the last number of weeks, I have been going through the different practices, the five practices, and then the six behaviors that go with each of those practices. And now we ...

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John Whitehead

1 month ago

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Are You Allowing Your Team Members to Grow?

Leaders who make extraordinary things happen in their organizations ensure that people grow in their jobs by learning news skills and developing themselves. What to know more on how you might be able to accomplish this? Watch this week’s vlog post and then let me know what you th ...

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John Whitehead

2 months ago

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Enabling Others to Act: Give others the opportunity to find their own solutions

This is not easy. As the boss you may believe it is your job, your responsibility to come up with, and then implement solutions to problems. That’s the difference between being a “boss” and being a “leader” – a “boss” commands and controls, a leader gets others involved, encourag ...

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John Whitehead

2 months ago

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Becoming A Great Leader, Let Others Come Up with The Solutions

solutions they can bring to the table.  I'm not necessarily the one that must have all the ideas and solutions.  To do this I need to give people the freedom and choice in deciding how to do their work. This is the fifth behaviour that Kouzes & Posner aspire in the practice of En ...

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Are You paying Attention?

This week’s behaviour is treating others with dignity and respect. This is the third behaviour in the leadership practice of Enabling Others to Act and builds off last week’s vlog post and behaviour of actively listening to diverse points of view. As I explore in this week’s vlog ...

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John Whitehead

2 months ago

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Are You Listening to Diverse Points of View?

Think about a meeting you were recently in. it was probably an online meeting because of the pandemic, right? Were you actively listening, or were you doing something else? Distracted by your mobile maybe, or thinking of the next meeting, conversation coming up? Did you seriously ...

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2 months ago

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Enable Others to Act: Teach them to fish

After taking a week off I am back with the fourth practice in Kouzes & Posner’s work The Leadership Challenge, Enable Others to Act. The Practice has two Commitments associated with it, “foster collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships” and, “strengthen other ...

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John Whitehead

3 months ago

Challenging the Process: What About Taking Risks?

Over the past several weeks we have been talking about Challenging the Process. Stepping out of our comfort zone, looking outside the box, taking risks, looking for the little wins and building on them. As leaders in organizations, we first need to be prepared to take risks but t ...

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John Whitehead

3 months ago

How Do You as A Leader Set Goals, Plans and Measurable Milestones?

Most of us I will assume set goals and make plans, but how do we do when it comes to checking where we are in those plans, goals? Keeping milestones? Tracking how we are doing? · Here is another layer. As a leader, how are you at developing your people to be effective in their pl ...

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John Whitehead

3 months ago

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What Can We Learn When Things Go Wrong and Right?

Kouzes and Posner ask the question, “What can you learn when things don’t go as expected?” as their 4th behaviour in the practice of Challenging the Process. I want to shift that a little and ask, what can you learn when things go as expected? More of a positive right? We are rea ...

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John Whitehead

4 months ago

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What Are You Doing to Improve What You Do?

Building on last week’s Vlog Post which talked about how to challenge others to try out new and innovative ways to do their work, this week focuses on you and your role in this. It’s not about doing things the same way but looking outside the box for new and innovated ways to do ...

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4 months ago

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What is One Way You Can Challenge People to Try Out New and Innovative Ways to Do Their Work?

When a direct report walks into your office with an issue, challenge or answer they need, what do you do? Do you give them the solution to the challenge, and answer to their problem? Then, is the next thing you do is complain because you can’t find the time to get your own work d ...

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4 months ago

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How Does One “Challenge the Process?”

https://contents.bebee.com/tmp/2021-06-09/users/id/12205957/article/zW633nqpVsh5/ZcjqTKouzes & Posner break down Challenge the process in this way. Leaders who make extraordinary things happen in organizations “search for opportunities by seizing the initiative and by looking out ...

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What Does It Mean to Speak with Genuine Conviction About the Higher Meaning and Purpose of Our Work?

This is the sixth and final vlog on Kouzes and Posner’s second practice of the five practices of exemplary leadership from their book The Leadership Challenge. · We are talking about vision. We are talking about where we want to take our organizations, what the is vision of the ...

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