Girl Power …

I was contemplating what to blog about today when it quite literally hit me! My seat-mate on my Southwest flight knocked me in the head with her Spirit Magazine as she was pulling it out of the seat-back pocket. So, I had a quick read and encountered one of my favorite concepts … girl power.

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I love the quote from the “Connectedness” section of the article, “… winning is plural.” Enjoy:

Girl Power  

Personality traits most often associated with women translate to top strategies for business success, says leadership consultant John Gerzema.

Candor 

“The masculine command-and-control model is becoming increasingly out of place in our very social, interdependent, and transparent world,” says Gerzema. “The job of a leader is not to be a dictator but a facilitator, and to listen to lots of voices. Leaders and managers who possess that kind of openness and candor have the ability to lift people up so that everyone’s voice can be heard. It ultimately improves decision-making because the best ideas are brought to bear.”

Vulnerability 

“Today, you can’t read a business article without hearing about how people learn from failure. There’d be more progress if we were better at admitting what we don’t know in the first place. When you ask for help, people align themselves with your needs and come to your aid, which saves both time and money. You could argue that vulnerability is not only an effective leadership trait, but that it’s rooted in pragmatism.”

Empathy 

“Empathy is innovation, and sensitivity to others is a huge catalyst for creativity. So many leaders envision markets, then go out and create needs. But people who really devote themselves to studying the human condition often uncover important underserved markets.”

Connectedness

“Collaboration and consensus-building are really prized in a social economy. Be flexible. Be collaborative. In masculine societies, winning involves stepping on your competitors. But in a world that values connectedness, winning is plural. In working together, we might just get a bigger piece of the pie.”

John Gerzema is the co-author of The Athena Doctrine: How Women (And the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future

Source: Spirit Magazine (May 2013 issue)

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The Carolina Way …

Those of you who know me will wonder what on earth I am doing referencing The University of North Carolina when my alma mater and my husband’s alma mater are pretty far removed and often bitter sports rivals with this school.

The answer is simply that there are a lot of business lessons that can be learned from sports and coaching. So now that the college basketball season is over, I will be a good sport and set aside these rivalries to outline some valuable guidelines from Dean Smith for teams and leadership. (I just refuse to do it in powder blue!)

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1. Play Together

2. Play Hard

3. Play Smart

Other Guidelines:

  • Be honest with your players.
  • Demand unselfish play.
  • Praise unselfish play.
  • Recruit unselfish players and make sure they are compatible with your philosophy.
  • Respect your players; never embarrass or criticize them in public.

From A Coach’s Life: My Forty Years in College Basketball (Random House)