The world is changing quickly, we all know and experience this on a regular basis. But this poses a massive challenge for leaders. How can we lead in a rapidly changing world and perhaps in a world that doesn’t even yet exist? Whether we look at technology and automation, multiple generations at work, globalization, social and racial injustice, COVID-19, or the many other trends that are shaping work and life, the bottom line is that things are changing.
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What does a typical day look like for you?
It’s a question I’ve asked of hundreds of CEOs and top business leaders around the world. They almost always tell me the same thing: they don’t have a typical day. Every day is different. The most successful business leaders surround themselves with a diverse group of people, they are a part of a variety of projects, they attend different meetings, speak with customers and employees, and they make sure that they aren’t doing the same thing and seeing the same people every single day.
Costco warehouses are for more than just bulk goods and samples—they’re also home to happy employees. Costco is regularly ranked a top place to work and a company with the happiest employees, largely due to a culture that values employees and treats them fairly with good benefits and wages. Setting the tone for that culture is CEO Craig Jelinek. Craig follows in the footsteps of previous Costco leaders to put his people first and continue a legacy of engaged employees.
Leadership is changing right before our eyes, but what should leaders be doing to adapt and to make sure that they are staying on top of their leadership game? This is a question I’ve been asked quite a bit by my community so I wanted to share 5 things you can do.
Motivation is key to your success at work. Your boss can try to motivate you, but in most cases, you can’t rely on anyone else and have to find your own internal motivation. No matter if you work in an office or remotely for yourself, everyone needs help from time to time finding motivation to push through and be productive.
Jeff Dailey is an insurance veteran with more than 30 years in the industry, starting as a claims adjuster and working his way up to Farmers Insurance CEO. He oversees 20,000 employees and 45,000 independent agents around the world. I had the chance to chat with him about the future of leadership and what it will take to succeed as a leader in the future. He’s one of the amazing CEOs I interviewed for my recent best-selling book, The Future Leader.
How a company responds during a crisis can speak volumes about its culture and character and of course the experience it wants to create for its people. Does it rush to sell its product and boost sales? Does it reach out to customers? Does it protect its management and lay off entry-level employees? Treating people well during times of prosperity is easy, but treating people well during times of stress and tension is what really matters.
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the majority of Americans say their job is the biggest cause of stress in their lives (and this is true in many other parts of the world as well). As we push ourselves harder and are constantly connected, stress has started to take an even bigger toll on our lives especially when you consider the impact that COVID-19 has had. Many employees constantly feel burned out and overworked. When you’re stressed, you’re not as good of an employee or leader, and you’re definitely not as good of a friend, spouse, or parent.
There’s a lot of talk of leading by “putting people first” but what exactly does that mean and how do you actually go about doing that? Putting people first is a philosophy backed up by a set of actions which prioritizes the people of an organization above all else including shareholder value and profits, even if it means that leaders must make personal sacrifices.
Chances are you are one of the many people around the world working from home right now. The COVID-19 pandemic shuttered office doors overnight and sent millions of people around the world to work remotely.
Even as states and countries start to re-open and some people head back to the office, more companies will stick with their remote working capabilities. In most cases, working from home is safer for employees and helps organizations better allocate resources.