5 Habits Of Truly Disruptive Leaders – Commentary

From time to time DirectiveGroup team members will comment on a piece of content they see online. In this post, Kim Figor gives her opinion on 5 Habits Of Truly Disruptive Leaders an article from Fast Company, written by Faisal Hoque .

Wow! When considering the definition of disrupt, I have to admit my first reaction was to wonder who would want to become a truly disruptive leader and then ensure I put forth my best efforts to stay far away from that person.

Disrupt: (verb dis·rupt \dis-ˈrəpt\) to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the normal way; to interrupt the normal progress or activity of (something)

After I read this article, I was able to see the value of a disruptive leader. In fact, I agree with the 5 habits she discussed in her article… Well, mostly anyways. I’m not 100% on board with number 5 … Continue reading

Blog Abstract: Uncommon Sense: Stop Giving These 5 Pieces Of Common Advice

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our Director of Paid Marketing, Kim Figor, discusses an Forbes article by contributors, David Sturt and Todd Nordstron, “Uncommon Sense: Stop Giving These 5 Pieces Of Common Advice.”

Have you ever noticed how most everyone has a popular “cliché” advice piece for just about every possible situation imaginable? I would even say it appears that the frequency of “one-liner” advice conversations increase as the emotional toll of a situation increases.

Why is it so easy for humans to spout off memorized clichés as if they alone were enough to “fix” any situation, let alone a highly emotional situation? Maybe it is easier than having a real conversation with someone. Or, maybe they have become an excuse to justify our own actions and take responsibility for being truthful with … Continue reading

Notable Character and Qualities of a Great Leader

A lot of content has been written about various skillsets good leaders possess. The Internet is chocked full of opinions from just about everyone. Millions of dollars have been made from the sales of hundreds of thousands of books on this topic.

Briefly, a few online opinions I stumbled upon include: be fearless and inspirational, use vision and values, create the right culture, listen, remain visible, be authentic and transparent, learn from failure, etc.

In preparation for this blog, I knew I did not want to follow the pack and add to the litany of titles, such as 9 Characteristics of an Epic Leader or 8 Top Characteristics of a Great Leader. I did not want to focus on the capabilities and competencies of a great leader. Maybe that is a blog to be written on another day. Today, I wanted to focus more on what is behind those acquired skillsets. I want to consider the character and qualities that is the foundation of the makeup of a heroic leader.

In other words, I want to talk about the ‘who’ and not the ‘do.’ After all, character makeup is how and what skills are built upon. Continue reading “Notable Character and Qualities of a Great Leader”

How Leadership Varies from Management

From time to time, DirectiveGroup team members will share their views on a provocative or otherwise thoughtful piece found as they research. Here, Michelle comments on an article posted by Richard Branson, Founder at Virgin Group– What Does It Take to Be the Boss? Managers vs. Leaders

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Have you ever wondered if you are a leader?  Or if you have what it takes to be one?   Often we use the term leader to describe someone in an authoritative position.  Someone at the top of the ranks.  But a true leader isn’t defined by position, rank, or role.  A true leader is defined by their actions and characteristics.   A good leader is someone who when they leave success doesn’t go with them.  They leave behind an organization that is equally as successful without them as it was with them.  Someone who isn’t afraid to do what must be done for the … Continue reading

Are You a Leader or a Follower?

From time to time, DirectiveGroup team members will share their views on a provocative or otherwise thoughtful piece found as they research. Here, Bobbi comments on an article posted on Entrepreneur, Are You a Leader or a Follower?

As one who has had many managers throughout her career, I must say, not many have impressed. When I came across this article, it stimulated a little reflection.

I have worked at DirectiveGroup for only six months, and recognized almost immediately this place is like none other. Personal excellence is not only expected, it is the norm. The bar is set very high and everyone strives to reach it, both individually and as a team.

As I read this article, which pointed out that you don’t have to be in a leadership role to be a leader, I realized everyone at DirectiveGroup is a leader. It’s either an innate trait or … Continue reading

Going From Bad To Great At Any Company

This article has some incredibly important ideas for all leaders to consider, if they are trying to create an environment where excellence can take root. An interesting point is made at the beginning, that destructive or negative behavior has a much more profound effect on performance than does constructive behavior, with an astonishing 500% difference of magnitude of impact on an employee’s mindset and mood.

From that perspective, the point is made that instead of trying to instill ‘Best Practice’ behavior, focus first on removing the negatives that are the impediments to great performance. As such, it is more of a ‘taking away’ instead of an ‘adding to.’ This is important if a leader’s first job is to create an environment, a space, where excellence is expected and nurtured. Seven specific methods are suggested to eliminate the barriers to high performance, including some obvious and some not so obvious concepts.… Continue reading