Reading for Leading #11: Side-by-side feedback

Side-by-side feedback

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

Are you sitting comfortably to give that feedback to a colleague?
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Giving feedback to a team member can be a challenging experience as it requires us to be able to create a space for reflection and future improvement rather than shutting down discussion or provoking defensiveness.

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Community Manager musings: 12 attributes of “less visible” network leaders

Community manager musings is a series of occasional posts looking at the roles and skills of community managers – usually within science. 

“Follow me and when I say duck…”
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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it is that makes community managers / network leaders unique. How do we accurately describe a role with activities that require seemingly opposed skillsets and that in many cases can also be somewhat invisible?

In his short publication “The Less Visible Leader” (free to download here), Andy Robinson lists 12 attributes of net-centric leaders that fall into three broad categories:

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5 books that have influenced how I think about community management

In a series of 3 posts, I’m sharing some books that I’ve found useful on the topics of community management, online interactions, and leadership and team culture. In this post, I recommend 5 books that discuss community management and working effectively with groups.

1. “The art of community” by Jono Bacon

This was the book that years ago helped me to realise that I was a community manager. Jono Bacon describes what a community manager does – including the importance of good communication practices, selecting the right tools, and balancing being a member of the community while often negotiating your role as an employee representing an organization. If you’re wondering whether you’re a community manager, or are brand new to the role, this is a good place to start.

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Reading for leading #9: 4 traits that team members rate

4 traits that team members rate

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

Does your team trust you to envision the road ahead with honesty and inspiration?

For over three decades, Kouzes and Pozner and have surveyed  and discovered what team members expect of their leaders. They’ve consistently found that the the same four traits receive more than 60% of the votes.

What employees seek in a leader that they would be willing to follow is that they are:

Honest – People want to follow others that they trust – for over 80% of people asked, this was their top requirement of a leader. Similar words that come up in this section are integrity and authenticity. Honesty matters not just so that you trust that what you’re being asked to do will have a positive outcome, but because it is tied to values and ethics. If you follow someone that you later discover to have been dishonest, you may feel that your own reputation has been damaged too.

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Reading for Leading #8: Who’s on your relationship radar?

Who’s on your relationship radar this month?

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

Is there anybody out there? Time to get your relationship radar in order…
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Radar is helpful because it gives us an evolving snapshot of the surrounding environment, forewarning us of what’s coming up, and allowing us time to prepare. It works because the radio frequency waves we send out are deflected back to us when they encounter an object in their path allowing us to calculate what’s located where. 

A relationship radar works in a similar way – allowing you to map where you stand with those you work with so that you can do any necessary relationship-building before you need to rely on someone’s support. 

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Reading for Leading #7: Before you go to speak…

Before you go to speak… 

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

If monkeys could ask questions…
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Ask yourself:

Is it true?

Is it kind?

Is it necessary?

Reading for Leading #6: Adjust your lenses

Adjust your lenses

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

How does the lens you choose to use affect the picture that you see?
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Bolman and Deal have identified 4 lenses or frames that you can use to examine your organisation, especially if you’re considering implementing a new initiative or other large-scale change:

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