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Factor IV: Self

J. Being authentic

10. Courage

 


  

The following resources are also located at the back of each chapter in Korn Ferry's FYI® for your improvement book:

  

In presentations, learn to say less. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

Conflict strategies for nice people. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

10 Dumb things I’ve learned from brilliant people. Forbes.

Position yourself for a stretch assignment. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

Creative leadership: Humility and being wrong. Forbes.

Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of “willful blindness” [Video file]. TED.

10 Smart rules for giving negative feedback. Inc.

Voicing your opinion in the workplace. Chron.

Paradox of innovation and status quo. Forbes.

So you want to become a whistleblower? 5 Things to consider before doing so. Corporate Compliance Insights.

7 Ways to push back without being pushy. Forbes.

Your employees want the negative feedback you hate to give. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

 

Additional resources

 

Does it best case study - Malala Yousafzai

 

Malala Yousafzai was co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17, and was the first Pakistani national to receive the prize. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children's rights activist from India.

 

Malala went from being an ordinary schoolgirl to an internationally acclaimed advocate for women’s education. She demonstrated outstanding courage in the face of adversity that few can imagine. Malala’s father was in the education field and, having inherited his passion for learning, in 2009 she began blogging for the BBC, speaking out in support of education for women in the Middle East.

 

In March of that year, her home city of Mingora came under Taliban control. The Taliban’s repression of women included the prevention of education through school closures across the region. Malala continued to blog under the name of Gul Makai, and even when her identity was revealed in December of 2009, she continued her campaign in defiance of the Taliban.

 

Her activism lead to the Taliban issuing a death threat against her, and in October 2012, she was shot in the head by a militant member of the terrorist organization. Defying the odds of survival, she recovered from the attack and continued her education in the UK.

 

Even remaining a target and being accused by some of her countrymen as being a British or American agent has not discouraged Malala. Her unwavering bravery drives her to continue her fight for women’s rights in education.

 

 

It's been said...

 

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” – Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher and scientist

 


 

36. Instills trust

 


  

The following resources are also located at the back of each chapter in Korn Ferry's FYI® for your improvement book:

  

Business leaders beware: Ethical drift makes standards slip. Forbes.

The trust that makes a team click. The New York Times.

Five ways to become a better team player. Forbes.

Leadership fundamentals: Transparency and trust. About Leaders.

Workplace ethics rub off on employees. Futurity.org.

5 Powerful things happen when a leader is transparent. Forbes.

The different ways people handle ethical issues in the workplace. Bloomberg Businessweek.

TEDxOverlake – Susan Scott – The case for radical transparency [YouTube]. TED.

Trust in organisations: Pauline Voortman at TEDxRadboudU 2013 [YouTube]. TED.

 

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It's been said...

 

“A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.” – Baltasar Gracian, Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer and philosopher

 

 

K. Being open

29. Demonstrates self-awareness

 


  

The following resources are also located at the back of each chapter in Korn Ferry's FYI® for your improvement book:

  

How can I get critical feedback? Askamanager.org.

Use humility to improve performance. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

The best way to use the last five minutes of your day. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

How to detect your blind spots that make your colleagues disrespect you. Forbes.

How to get feedback from employees. Inc.

How to get feedback when you’re the boss. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

Success is overrated: How do you handle your mistakes? Forbes.

How do you handle feedback? Ecoconsultancy.com.

How negative feedback can help your career. Forbes.

Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career [Video file]. TED.

How to take feedback. Psychology Today.

Don’t be too busy to do some reflective thinking. Business Insider.

 

Additional resources

 

It's been said...

 

“People say I don’t take criticism very well, but I say, ‘What the hell do they know?’” - Groucho Marx, American comedian and film and television star

 


 

30. Self-development

 


  

The following resources are also located at the back of each chapter in Korn Ferry's FYI® for your improvement book:

  

13 Tips on finding a mentor. U.S. News & World Report.

Learning to reflect more and get to know yourself better. YouTube.

How to leverage your true talent. Inc.

4 Ways to discover your strengths. Entrepreneur.

Instant MBA: Most people don’t know themselves as well as they think. Business Insider.

Learning on the job: Myth vs science. Association for Psychological Science.

How to set yourself up for promotion. U.S. News & World Report.

Getting stuck can help you grow. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

Creating your professional development plan: 3 Surprising truths. Forbes.

How leaders become self-aware. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

Personal development isn’t personal: 3 Tips for getting your manager involved. Forbes.

Throw your old plan away: 6 New ways to build leadership development into your job. Forbes.

 

Additional resources

 

Competencies in action

 

Tools and techniques for career, work, and personal development

 

A series of practical tools and techniques to help you work on your self-development. The exercises help you prioritize the things that are important to you, establish the direction you want to go in, and build a plan to help you get there.

 

 

L. Being flexible and adaptable

3. Manages ambiguity

 


  

The following resources are also located at the back of each chapter in Korn Ferry's FYI® for your improvement book:

  

Your problem isn’t motivation. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

Strategies to reduce perfectionism. Psych Central.

Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes [Video file]. TED.

Turning 60: The twelve most important lessons I’ve learned so far. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

Overcoming ambiguity: Three steps that every business can take. Forbes.

Preventing ‘Analysis Paralysis.’ Bloomberg Businessweek.

How business experimentation fuels innovation. Chief Executive.net.

Living in the futures. Harvard Business Review.

 

Additional resources

 

Read all about it...

 

Dealing with ambiguity: The new business imperative.

 

Colin Shaw, thought leader in the field of Customer Experience, describes why ambiguity has become part of everyday business life. He offers 10 tips for dealing with ambiguity effectively, against which to assess yourself.

 


 

22. Nimble learning

 


  

The following resources are also located at the back of each chapter in Korn Ferry's FYI® for your improvement book:

  

Grooming leaders to handle ambiguity. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

How to encourage small innovations. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

5 Ways to conquer your fear of failure. Forbes.

What is problem-solving? About.com Psychology.

In professor’s model, diversity = productivity. The New York Times.

Making room for reflection is a strategic imperative. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

Learning goals or performance goals: Is it the journey or the destination? Ivey Business Journal.

Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes [Video file]. TED.

The 4 most effective ways leaders solve problems. Forbes.

Root cause analysis: Tracing a problem to its origins. Mind Tools.

Why getting comfortable with discomfort is crucial to success. Forbes.

Nine steps to effective business problem solving. Business Insider.

 

Additional resources

 

Read all about it...

 

Don't fear failure: Nine powerful lessons we can learn from our mistakes 

 

Psychologist Lisabeth Saunders Medlock offers her nine powerful lessons that can be learned from mistakes, and how to apply your learnings back into your life.

 

 

It's been said...

 

"A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that. '" – Douglas Adams, English writer, humorist, and dramatist.

  


 

26. Being resilient

 


  

The following resources are also located at the back of each chapter in Korn Ferry's FYI® for your improvement book:

  

Dealing with anger constructively. Psych Central.

12 Ways to eliminate stress at work. Forbes.

6 Key steps for career resilience. Forbes.

How to show self-confidence tips & tricks. Livestrong.

7 Ways to bounce back from career mistakes, missteps, and misunderstandings. Forbes.

How to stay motivated at work. Fox Business.

Coping with stress: Workplace tips. Mayo Clinic.

Four ideas for a positive workforce. Bloomberg Businessweek.

A guide to dealing with resistant employees. Fast Company.

 

Additional resources

 

Competencies in action

 

Resiliency Results™

 

A card deck and board game for developing resilience in individuals and teams. Research-based, this interactive tool breaks down the complexity of resiliency. Leaders can easily identify development trends and remedies for increasing personal and organizational resiliency.

 


 

31. Situational adaptability

 


  

The following resources are also located at the back of each chapter in Korn Ferry's FYI® for your improvement book:

  

How to get into your zone. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

26 Tips on how to read people. Business Insider.

5 Leadership lessons: Listen, learn, lead. Forbes.

5 Tips for facing change at work. Career Builder.

From crying to temper tantrums: How to manage emotions at work. Forbes.

Why it’s incredibly important to learn to laugh at yourself. The Huffington Post.

Instant MBA: Striking the right balance between rigid and flexible management will motivate employees. Business Insider.

The agile leader: Adaptability. Mind Tools.

The Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership® Theory. Mind Tools.

What being an “authentic leader” really means. Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

Why getting comfortable with discomfort is crucial to success. Forbes.

Why leaders must “get real” – 5 ways to unlock authentic leadership. Forbes.

 

Additional resources

 

It's been said...

 

"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." – Oprah Winfrey, American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist

 

 

 

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