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Jun28
Do You Lead Where Apples are Square?

While working in Ireland this month, I realized how much I love and am daily encouraged by top leaders like Dr. Robyn McMaster and others in my brain based business work. Not everybody loves their job though, and we hear more and more horror stories about faster speed, efficiency or profitability – that zaps and devalues people.

In some firms customers are neglected, and in others, employees feel diminished. At the same time the news is peppered with stories about fallen leaders. It doesn’t have to be that way. apples%20are%20square.jpg

In the Kuczmarski’s new book, Apples are Square, readers are guided to think differently about leadership. Susan and Thomas use an apple metaphor to show how effective leaders handle and refresh bruised or rotting workplaces.

They cut off the rotting areas to bring what’s still fresh back to life.

Through conversations with innovative leaders the authors created a new leadership model – one that values profit – without diminishing humans. Six values weave their way through most of the book’s invigorating stories and conversations.

Values that create leaders who can renew faith in any workplace include…

1. Humility – Do people feel they could teach you what they do best?
2. Compassion – Would others come to you for guidance when they fail?
3. Transparency – Are you the same person you’d like others to see in you?  
4. Inclusiveness – Does every person you work with speak and feel heard?
5. Collaboration – When was the last time you acted on others’ brilliance?
6. Values-based decisiveness – Would your values restore lost trust at work?

How does your workplace rate? Did you spill all or most of these values into your workplace over the past week? I still have a way to go … but I’ve learned to enjoy the process as much as the profits…. You?

Jun14
Steven Anello as a Leader and a Business Executive
  Sponsored ReviewSteven Anello is a proven leader in many aspects of the term. He is currently the co-founder, COO, and Managing Partner of CFA Capital Partners, a firm that specializes in commercial real estate financing and investment. He... Continue Reading
Jun10
Should I Throw in the Towel?
For the past several months, we've been looking at 12 simple (but not simplistic) principles every manager needs to know.  We're finally at the end of this particular journey. This final principle might be for more people than you think.... Continue Reading
Jun 3
Isolation is Not a Strategy
A few weeks ago, I was doing some work near Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp Resort in Ashland, New Hampshire. On my way back to the airport in Manchester, my friend and colleague Cheryl Smith who manages the resort took... Continue Reading

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