Monthly Archives: February 2011

Holistic Leadership eArticle – Now Live on Alchemy Road

If you are looking for a great resource on for strategy, change and OD – check out the eNnewsletter (and of course my latest article – see link below) at Alchemy Road  (click to subscribe!)

Also join their fantastic group on Linked In – Strategy, Change and Organisational Development – SCOD

Holistic Leadership – click to read!

Enjoy! Thanks Sonia


Groups on Linkedin

Okay, okay, I am a huge fan of Linkedin and some would say a bit of a super user. I even train professionals nationally on how to get the best out of Linkedin.

If you want some tips – check out my blog on 20 ways to use Linkedin. I have attached a great little tips link.

One of the most powerful applications on Linkedin are the GROUPS. Now being in the leadership and talent management space, I make it my business to be part of groups in these areas! Not only do I learn from these groups, I am connecting and part of a network of amazing people, knowledge and intelligence. You can ask questions, answer questions, become known as a thought leader and connect with people all over the world! Just think of your growth, learning, journey and opportunities! I should work for Linkedin, I am such a fan..,(by the way, I don’t get paid for my excitement and passion for Linkedin in any way, so this blog is just me sharing my experiences – if you were wondering!).

One of my favourite groups is Harvard Business Review and they have some fantastic posts, people, information…and links to blogs, books and the latest and greatest in leadership, change, talent and innovation.

Check out this new blog on:

The words many managers are afraid of..click here to read!

Check out my profile and have a look at my favourite groups – and you can start your own! I have 2 groups!

Now leaders and talent professionals – go forth and get yourself on Linkedin Groups!


Soul of Leadership

I read the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra a number of years ago and I was instantly a huge fan! When I saw that he had just launched a new book on leadership, I couldn’t wait to get my hands onto it. Well, I like to get my hands on most leadership books if you haven’t figured that one out, but this book In knew would be different and it doesn’t disappoint.

Leadership is the most crucial choice one can make—it is the decision to step out of darkness into the light!

His focus in this book is for us to become the kind of leader most needed today: a leader with vision who can make that vision real. Chopra has been teaching leadership to CEOs and other top executives for eight years, and the path outlined in The Soul of Leadership applies to any business, but the same principles are relevant in every community and area of life, from family and home to school, place of worship, and neighborhood. “At the deepest level,” Chopra writes, “a leader is the symbolic soul of a group.”

I really like the  practical steps as you are led through the crucial skills outlined in the acronym L-E-A-D-E-R-S:
L = Look and Listen
E = Emotional Bonding
A = Awareness
D = Doing
E = Empowerment
R = Responsibility
S = Synchronicity

I found the book not only informative, insightful and meaningful but also it created feelings of true awareness for myself and the work I do with other leaders. After identifying your own soul profile and the core values you want to develop, you can use these seven skills to allow your potential for greatness to emerge. Only from the level of the soul, Chopra contends, are great leaders created. Once that connection is made, you have unlimited access to the most vital qualities a leader can possess: creativity, intelligence, organizing power, and love.

The book has some powerful exercises and questions which really transform your level of your awareness. The Soul of Leadership aims to fill the most critical void in contemporary life, the void of enlightened leaders. “You can be such a leader,” Chopra promises. “The path is open to you. The only requirement is that you learn to listen to your inner guide.” In this unique handbook you are shown how to do just that, in words as practical as they are uplifting. The future is unfolding at this very minute, and the choice to lead it lies with each of us, here and now.

We can all be great leaders…leading from the soul means expanding your awareness in order to meet the needs of others. As you become more aware, invisible powers begin to support your vision.

http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Leadership-Unlocking-Potential-Greatness/dp/030740806X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297808282&sr=8-1


When Teams Work Best

Teams are everywhere in business and industry, and in government, schools, hospitals and professional associations — indeed, almost everywhere where people gather to get things done. But some teams work better than others. What does it take to make teams work effectively?

To answer that question, more than 6,000 team members in a variety of organizations were surveyed. They assessed their teams, their team leaders and each other against a common set of criteria and responded to open-ended questions. From the safety of confidentiality, they identified what encourages teams to success and what discourages them into failure.

Five crucial areas emerged.

1. Team Members

2. Team Relationships

3. Team Problem Solving

4. Team Leader

5. Organisational Environment

 

Frank LaFasto and Carl Larson write about how 6,000 Team Members and Leaders Tell What It Takes to Succeed! A must read!

Click below to read book summary!

When Teams Work Best



Related Reading

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable,

by Patrick M. Lencioni, John Wiley & Sons, 2002, ISBN

0787960756.

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them

and Empower Your Team, by John C. Maxwell, Thomas

Nelson, 2001, ISBN 0785274340.

The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance

Organization, by Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K.

Smith, HarperBusiness, 1994, ISBN 0887306764.