6 bad excuses for not delegating
Delegation is at the heart of effective leadership, but it's all too easy to persuade yourself to hang on to pet projects or to micromanage subordinates, writes Mary Jo Asmus. It's important to recognize and reject the excuses you tell yourself to avoid delegation, because only then can you get on with the more important task of leading others. "With your head in the weeds, how can you lift yourself up and begin to set a vision, influence others and be an agent of change ...?" Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership
Keep things simple, says Polyvore CEO
Simplicity is a virtue for any organization, but it has to be actively pursued and defended, says Polyvore CEO Jess Lee. Her company held a "simplification month" during which all workers were expected to streamline and strip down their workflows. "It's really important to take the time to clean up all the entropy that otherwise will happen," Lee explains. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
3 ways to create a culture of inclusion
Real diversity is about more than just workplace demographics, it's about creating a culture where everyone is genuinely valued and included, writes Jane Perdue. In the long run, companies that create that kind of culture will thrive, while those that merely pay lip service to diversity will struggle, Perdue writes. "Drop the we're-all-in-this-together platitudes that aren't backed up with practice," she advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership
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