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Operational Leadership

By Madison Hanscom, PhD Whether it is wrapping up a deliverable, venting about a hard day, or preparing for the next day ahead, many of us bring work home. But has research been conducted to examine the effects of leadership characteristics spilling over into the home domain of their followers? A recent study was conducted to examine the impact that empowering leaders have on their employees’ home lives. Empowering leaders were defined as those that give employees autonomy, meaning to their work, opportunities for self-leadership, participation in decision-making, and support for employee development through coaching and modeling. The result of the study showed

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By Madison Hanscom, PhD When times get tough, we often rely on our communities to help us prevail. Our communities are composed of everyone around us — neighbors, friends, those who work at the grocery store, the people who run the local brewery. 2020 has been a hard year. When people are suffering, the community suffers. There are things business leaders can do to support the community. In the research literature we study something called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) — this is when companies do good for society, and this goes above and beyond what is required by the law or regulations. This might be directed

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By KyoungHee ChoiUntil the pandemic hit, the sharing economy was disrupting many business models and was a trending topic of discussion in business circles. Renting out assets to other people as a business model has been around for decades. However, modern technology allowed for new ways to connect owners with buyers with greater ease and convenience. This mega trend impacted nearly all business sectors such as transportation (i.e. Uber, Lift), hotel (i.e. Airbnb), consumer goods (i.e. Ebay, Etsy, Rent the runaway), professional/personal services (i.e. Fiverr, Upwork) and health care (i.e. American well, Doctor on demand). Many factors helped accelerate this key trend

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By Madison Hanscom PhD As more individuals are working from home than ever, this raises interesting questions and important considerations regarding ethics. When working remotely, there are more circumstances in which employees and leaders alike operate under little surveillance. There are several ethical perspectives that should be considered in a flexible work environment. Two important ones are the ethics involved with employee work and the ethical situations leaders might encounter. Employees Performing Work Duties When employees are performing their work from home, it is important to remember that regulations and contracts with employers should still be upheld. Some of these expectations are clearly

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By Eric Johnson Further into the future as the pandemic has waned for some time, the idea of flex work as a normal aspect of business operations may become permanent as organizations grow accustomed to the cost savings and flexibility offered to workers. With several considerations, organizations can plan around the culture shift and assist employees by creating purposeful guidelines and norms for the future. Communications Training Currently, many individuals in offices may have their own conference number that they can use to create conference calls through their own setup. As we move into the stable future, we expect individuals to have a

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By Madison Hanscom, Ph.D. Researchers who study telework argue that successful virtual teams are determined more by successful or unsuccessful leadership rather than other factors such as technology (1). Poor leadership is poor leadership. If you take a substandard leader and move them into a flex work environment - they won’t do any better. There are foundational leadership competencies that help all teams succeed - whether the team is in an office or working remotely. These include leading with a big picture goal and supporting the company’s vision, building interpersonal connections and collaboration, walking the talk, demonstrating ethics and integrity, managing

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