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Five Things Bosses Fear to Say that Would Help

Five Things Bosses Fear to Say that Would Help

By Shayne Hughes The work we do at LaL is a daily reminder that many well-intentioned leaders have it backwards when it comes to motivating employee engagement and productivity. It’s not as much about rigid structures, stiff upper lips and knowing it all. The research shows that employees tend to respond more to authenticity, caring ... Read More
 
Ditching the Email Mindset for Greater Productivity

Ditching the Email Mindset for Greater Productivity

By Shayne Hughes It’s been three years since LaL did our no-email-for-a-week experiment and Forbes.com and NPR covered it. So I was surprised to get a call last week from MainStreet.com for an article. Evidently, email – like a Chinese water torture of constant demand – is still a huge source of pain, frustration and ... Read More
 
A New Take on the “F” Word

A New Take on the “F” Word

 By Shayne Hughes What if setbacks were the birthplace of creativity and radical progress towards our goals instead of embarrassment to avoid at all cost? In my first article for The Good Men Project, I look at the taboo topic of “failure” with a fresh perspective and offer a different way to think about it: ... Read More
 
Are you acknowledging the Ray Rice inside of you?

Are you acknowledging the Ray Rice inside of you?

By Shayne Hughes As a man, I found the video of Ray Rice hitting his wife deeply troubling. The fact that they were apparently screaming at each other, and she spit in his face right before he hit her, doesn’t excuse his violence. I’m supportive of the tougher suspension given to Rice, and to the ... Read More
 

What does my childhood have to do with my leadership?

By Shayne Hughes “That’s just the way he is.” How many times have you heard or uttered that phrase? John is a risk-averse CFO, unwilling to make a decision without all the facts. Linda, in operations, is conflict-averse; everyone knows she won’t address personnel problems or speak up in meetings. Only God knows what she’s ... Read More
 
What is Learning as Leadership?

What is Learning as Leadership?

By Shayne Hughes People often ask why we named our company “Learning as Leadership”. The key word is “learning”, which we all use but can find challenging to embody. Learning is not something confined to the classroom, or that I turn on or off in certain situations. It’s a state of mind, an orientation at ... Read More
 
Owning Mistakes Allows New Possibilities

Owning Mistakes Allows New Possibilities

By Shayne Hughes, CEO, Learning as Leadership “You don’t think I’m embarrassed having my wings clipped?!” Bill’s voice cracked as he spoke to the executive team. “Coming in here every day, knowing what I did?” The team fell silent as the gruff second-in-command pulled his glasses off and wiped his eyes. The CEO, who had ... Read More
 
Setting Limits to Others’ Anger

Setting Limits to Others’ Anger

This blog post is the second in a series on anger. The previous post, “Damn, I just lost my temper again” delved into the difficulties of mastering our own anger. Below, I explore setting limits when others get angry with us or around us. What do you do when someone gets angry with you? Freeze, ... Read More
 
Love What’s Precious, Today

Love What’s Precious, Today

I have children in 4th and 2nd grade, so the Newtown elementary school massacre scared me more than other recent gun rampages. My boys go to a public elementary school in a “safe” neighborhood, and Newtown was an unnerving reminder that there’s no real protection. Like millions of parents, my strategy is to hope that ... Read More