A fun and reliable way to score your leadership and management talents.

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Ever thought about the perception of your effectiveness as a leader or manager of your team? No? Your team loves you right? Perception is reality when you’re in charge of a team. Everyone in a supervisory role believes they have great leadership and management skills, but the truth is most are not that gifted. It’s not that we’re delusional, we simply judge ourselves in the best light possible, namely, from own perspective. Our egos don’t want to look at the bigger picture, therefore, we resist feedback. In order to facilitate, if not force supervisors to see the perceptions from their teams perspectives consultants developed the 360 evaluations. The 360 combines perspectives from the top down, sideways, and from the bottom up. Great, however, with all of the data the 360 provides, it is still easy to overlook your team’s perspective on your ability to lead and manage. Notice I said, “Team”. If you don’t refer to the people you supervise as “Team” you, my friend, are in deep trouble as a leader. Your boss and friends may think you are great, but if you team has a dissimilar perspective you are not as effective as you could be. You may be what is keeping your “Team” from not just being at the next level, but stopping them from being effective at their current level. Now for the fun part, there is a new tool that allows you to rate your leadership splash and post it to social media. Using the Matrix from Integritas Leadership Solutions, LLC, you can rate yourself, or someone else, on leadership and management aptitudes and directly post the scores to face book. When you receive multiple scores from your team members you can plot them and see your splash as a leader and manager.

First, understand both management and leadership positions are diametrically opposed. They are always trying to get ahead of each other. They both have an important part to play in any organization but most people confuse the divergent skills and abilities required for management for leadership. Leadership is about breaking out of the box and taking your team to a new level. Leaders, create a vision, overcome the inertia of status quo, and bring the team to life to meet new challenges. Management is about policies and procedures, following the rules. Basically, managers keep you in the box. When you were back in school, the leader was the high school rock star and everyone wanted to follow him or her. The manager was the chemistry geek who had to follow the rules or his test tubes would blow up. You asked the chemistry geek how to do your homework, but went to the rock stars house to hang out. Hint, the chemistry geek never forgot, or forgave, you and is now retaliating for your transgressions through their management roles.

Now, fast forward to today and learn something about yourself. The Integritas Leadership Solutions Matrix rates you on your leadership and management abilities. The basic program allows you to answer the questions and then places your score on a graph for you to see. You can then post your score to Facebook. When you have your team complete the basic program you can see your splash as a leader and manager. Let’s take a look at how at how they developed the score:

Leadership can be rated on your ability to create a vision and inspiration. Can you create a vision that is compelling and can you inspire people to follow you. When you look back are people following?
Management is more mundane, but just as important. Do you have the basic knowledge to perform your job at the level required and do you have the ability to perform.

The Matrix is a fun way to receive your score as a leader or manager. More importantly, it is a way for you to gauge your effectiveness. Now, go to the Matrix site and get your score on these four basic skill sets, Vision, Inspiration, Knowledge and Ability. www.integritasleadership.net/matrix

Organizational Branding: More than a Logo – It is a Way of Life

A Vision and Mission statements describes your organization and where you want to go in the future. When in doubt, it provides a platform for people to make decisions, eg. a potential action is consistent with the values of the organization.
The Brand is much more; it describes what makes your organization special and differentiates you from the rest. The organizations brand strikes at all of the senses. It is more than a logo, it is a way of life. It answers the question, what does it mean to work for your organization? It should describe your history, customs and traditions that differentiate your organization. It connects and engages current employees to your organization. It energizes and builds pride in your community and potential customers. It attracts potential employees to you, while repelling potential applicants who may not “fit” well within your organization.
The potential impact of your organizational brand is enormous to your organizations success. Every organization has a brand. You can either control it yourself, or someone else will be in control.

Understanding the use of “Power and Force” in modern business

If modern business organizations understood those two principals of “Power and Force” the potential of American industry could again be unleashed for our benefit. In many instances people confuse and intertwine Power with Force. Power and Force may seem similar, but are in fact completely different in how they are generated and applied. There can be no force if a person has no power. If a person has power, but choose not to use it, then they are not going to be effective.

People who head organizations have “Power” based on their positions within an organization – direct power; or, by people wanting to follow and be led by an individual – indirect power. The higher up you go the more power you have. Simply stated, the greater authority the greater the power. Power can then be broken down into hard or soft power. With hard power you make commands and edicts based on your power and authority to reward or punish. With soft power other techniques, sometimes call coercion, are utilized to get a specific task completed. As an individual moves up in an organization and receives more power they must learn restraint. Unloading a lot of power at once only leads to destruction. The careful application of power is a technique that must be mastered through understanding of the principals of force.

Force requires action; greater the action the greater the force applied. With enough force, a large round piece of wood and be shoved through a small square hole. Force is broken down into positive and negative force, with the effect graded by the amount of destruction caused by its application to any given situation. For example, a middle manager may hate all of his subordinates and want them all gone, but does not have the power to make the decision; therefore, he has no force to use. A CEO of a company has the power to hire and fire people. He or she may fire and individual or the staffs of an entire business unit, depending on the amount of force he or she cares to use. Likewise, the CEO may use targeted power and force and fire the middle manager, thus relieving the subordinates of a potential tyrant who wanted more power.

It has been said that power corrupts absolutely. This is only true for people who are not disciplined with their power. Someone may have a lot of corrupt power, but if they do not unleash the force of it then it has no impact. Likewise, a powerful person who is benevolent can still inadvertently unleash a plethora of untamed force and harm an entire workforce.

So, which is more dangerous, power or force? Power is more dangerous. Power is the stored accumulation of energy that gets turned into force. The amount of destruction to a workforce is measured by the force applied, but may only be a pittance to the amount of power that could have been unleashed. Therefore, business schools need to develop curriculum that teach and describe how to gain power in one semester. How to force is used for good and bad the next semester. In the last semester utilize a capstone class to test to see if a person can build power and use the potential force correctly.

As people apply power to develop American industries, it must be understood the force from such action will have an impact on other countries and their industrial complexes. Power and Force can not exist without each other. They can be used to ones benefit, but someone else will see their application as destructive. It is always better to be on the positive effects rather than suffer the negative effects. Machiavelli and Sun Tzu understood the principals and how to correctly apply them centuries ago.