Anita Scott, Senior VP, Chief Human Resources Officer, for Radian Group Inc., a residential mortgage insurance company based in Philadelphia, and I recently participated in a mentoring session for promising women leaders. I’ve been privileged to know Anita since we first worked together at Advanta. As so often happens with people we admire and respect, our paths have continued to cross over time and I value her practicality, grit, passion, and hard-won insights as a senior leader who has progressed through the ranks. When I heard her “Top 10 List of Career Advice,” I knew these were the perfect lessons to include — for young as well as seasoned professionals — as the third installment of guest posts in our “Lessons in Leadership” series. Continue reading →
When most people consider the word vulnerability, they think in terms of being weak or exposed and it’s not a quality to which they aspire. But, as you’ll see below, new research demonstrates that those who embrace their vulnerability have courage, compassion and connection, and these are qualities that serve business leaders – as well as all of us — well. Continue reading →
Our second guest post in our “Lessons in Leadership” series includes helpful tips about what to do and what not to do when communicating during a corporate merger or acquisition from Alena DeLosReyes.Alena is a human resources executive who was actively involved as a key leader in the transition process of a recent acquisition.
The driving force behind successful mergers is being able to rely heavily on the leaders to be effective change agents where the rubber meets the road. As a key leader in the integration of two companies, I learned a great deal about what to do—and, more importantly, what not to do—to merge successfully.
In today’s world, leadership effectiveness is related to working collaboratively. Just how do you advance on developing a support network in ways that incorporate the best of what you and others have to offer? Continue reading →
Happiness at work has a huge impact on productivity, creativity, and loyalty. It seems like a no brainer that people aren’t going to be on top of their game if they’re stressed. Yet many work environments put a lot of demands on employees without putting a lot of effort into figuring out how they can effectively meet these demands. As I’ve mentioned before in what do employees really want, it’s not as hard as you might think. Continue reading →
Part of what makes a leader effective is asking good questions to help empower your employees. When your employees succeed, everyone benefits. You’re more likely to achieve the results you want. And everyone’s happy.
So I challenge you to ask yourself, are you asking good questions and listening closely to the answers you get? Continue reading →
It’s not that complicated, really. I am currently working on a wonderful project with one of my clients that has elicited some practical, practicable feedback I think resonates for every company and leader. So I thought I would share some of the key themes we uncovered with you, as I think you can benefit from them, too. The value of this won’t show up on a balance sheet. But it is very effective preventive medicine that can address situations before they get to a crisis stage and become more costly to fix. Continue reading →