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The Top 3 Leadership Skills for Managing Virtual Teams

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Posted by Darleen DeRosa September 14, 2017

Many people assume the characteristics that make a good leader are the same no matter where that leader is located. However, managing virtual teams effectively requires a set of skills that is different from managing teams located under the same roof. In addition to excelling at the execution-oriented practices that define any good leader, virtual leaders must also juggle the interpersonal, communication and cultural factors that define virtual teams.
OnPoint’s own research on virtual teams has found nearly half are not meeting expectations, while one in four are failing altogether. As virtual teams are the building blocks for global organizations, it is imperative for organizations to select leaders carefully.

What characteristics are most important to consider when hiring, promoting and evaluating virtual leaders?
Our virtual team research consisted of interviews with leaders from 48 virtual teams and identified these top three characteristics.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, Work Smarter Virtually, leadership skills

How to Measure the ROI of Leadership Development

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Posted by Darleen DeRosa September 12, 2017

Most companies understand the benefits of leadership training and development programs. In fact, in a recent survey of more than 500 executives, 27 percent of those who said their company was “currently winning in the market” attributed that success to great leadership, while another 25 percent credited powerful and distinct capabilities.

Unfortunately, the knowledge that leadership development is crucial to success doesn’t prevent these programs from being axed when budgets are tight.

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Topics: Identify And Develop Leaders, Leadership Development

What's Your Influencing Style? A Quiz.

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Posted by Rick Lepsinger September 8, 2017

The extent to which leaders are able to influence others largely determines whether or not they will be successful.

Influence takes a variety of forms, and you’re probably familiar with many of them even if you don’t know them by name. Recognizing which of the four most common influencing styles you use most often can help you hone your skills and understand when other tactics may be more effective, especially when influencing across organizational boundaries. 

To gain a better understanding of your influencing style, take this five-question quiz.

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Topics: Work Better Across Boundaries, Cross-Functional Team Building

3 Innovative Companies With Agile Leadership

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Posted by Rick Lepsinger August 15, 2017

We don’t have to look far to find examples of innovation, whether it’s in the technology sector, consumer goods or manufacturing.

Apple, Amazon, Tesla, Southwest Airlines, General Electric, Pfizer, Nike and others make the short list of the most innovative companies year after year. While pioneering a unique product or service is certainly part of the equation, what allows these companies to sustain that success over time really comes down to flexible agile leadership.

Leadership agility is the ability to effectively balance three factors that drive organizational performance – people, processes and innovation.

For a closer look at agile leadership in practice, let’s examine how three of America’s most innovative companies have adapted to a changing marketplace to rise above the competition time after time.

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Topics: Identify And Develop Leaders, Leadership Development

3 Companies That Failed to Adapt, And Where They Went Wrong

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Posted by Rick Lepsinger August 8, 2017

McDonald’s has had so much success that sometimes it’s easy to overlook their failures. One of the biggest ones was its attempt to be innovative at the expense of efficiency and reliability, its best-known qualities. Every burger and batch of fries is made exactly the same way, which keeps its food fast, consistent and cheap.

Where did McDonald’s go wrong?

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Topics: Enhance Execution, strategy execution

What Ford's Billion Dollar Mistake Tells Us About Agile Leadership

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Posted by Rick Lepsinger August 2, 2017

When former Ford CEO Jacques Nasser took over the company, he was so determined to be a change agent that he sunk over a billion dollars into an endeavor that ultimately failed.

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Topics: Identify And Develop Leaders

5 Competencies of Agile Leadership

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Posted by Rick Lepsinger July 25, 2017

True experts and so-called experts alike have written volumes about what separates great leaders from mediocre ones.

In my experience working with some of the most successful global companies, I’ve discovered it really comes down to agility, or how well a leader is able to balance many choices and challenges simultaneously. Agile leadership is the ability to keep a company running smoothly by successfully navigating efficient and reliable processes, people, and innovation. Too much focus on one area can hinder performance in another. For instance, an obsession with efficiency can lead a company to reduce anything that doesn’t directly contribute to operations, including leadership development and R&D.

In my years assessing and developing leaders who fit this description, I’ve identified five core competencies, or characteristics, that all agile flexible leaders have in common. Here’s a snapshot of each of them.

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Topics: Identify And Develop Leaders, Leadership Development

High Performance, Agile Leadership: A Balancing Act

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Posted by Rick Lepsinger July 20, 2017

We all know leaders who get things done and those who don’t. What sets them apart?

The answer lies not in personality or charm, but in leadership agility.

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Topics: Identify And Develop Leaders

Developing a Successful Virtual Workplace: Secrets From Sodexo

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Posted by Darleen DeRosa July 11, 2017

These days, many employees can be productive from anywhere with the right technology, training and guidance. Just ask Sodexo, a world leader in food and facilities management services.

The company has maintained a successful virtual workplace for well over a decade now, overcoming the challenges of working across time zones and cultures as it evolved from a multinational company to a truly global one. 

We have worked in partnership with Sodexo for much of this time and continue to be impressed by what we’ve seen. During a recent conversation, Sodexo’s director of diversity and inclusion initiatives, Jodi Davidson, shared some great insights into what has made their model work so well. 

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Topics: Work Smarter Virtually, Virtual Team Building

Want to Make Better Business Decisions? Check Your Bias At the Door

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Posted by Rick Lepsinger July 6, 2017

We all have biases that impact our decision making. When we're making a big purchase or evaluating a job offer, those biases may only affect ourselves and those closest to us. However, when we're in a leadership role, the impact of our decisions can be far-reaching. 

In a recent HRDQ-U webinar, I outlined a framework leaders can use to keep their biases in check and make better business decisions. 

If you missed it, I encourage you to watch the recording or check out the webinar slides here

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Topics: Enhance Execution, strategy execution

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