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There's no excuse for ignorance

Leaders have a responsibility to be literate. And by the word "literate", I mean knowledgeable. Now that information is ubiquitous, available through our fingertips at the closest keyboard, twenty-four seven, there is no longer any reason to claim that you don't know. Ignorance is no longer an acceptable excuse. But real leadership literacy also requires critical thinking. It is possible to tell the difference between genuine data and pseudo-science; between real facts and false news. It requires however that you read beyond the headlines and evaluate the sources and the author. It is possible to appreciate and comprehend the people you work with. But that means that you need to make the effort and take the time to get to know them. Leadership literacy is not only essential, it is completely achievable.

With this cautionary counsel in mind, here are five rules of 21st century leadership literacy that every leader should follow:

  1. If you don't understand what a word or phrase means, look it up. You know, Google it.
  2. If you're meeting someone for the first time, take the time to get to know them in advance on LinkedIn. You know, on the Internet.
  3. If it's something your company sells or provides, then learn how it is made or delivered. Talk to the experts in your company. Ask questions, listen to the answers.
  4. If it's important to your employees, find out why and how. Talk to your people. Ask questions, listen to the answers.
  5. Before "sharing" information as truth, research it. Confirm that it comes from reliable sources. Verify it at Snopes. Then spread it around on social media.

If you're a leader, then literacy is a prerequisite; ignorance is unacceptable. So look it up. Ask questions. Find out more. Check your biases and verify information.

Leadership literacy. Too simple? Or did I get it right? As always, I would love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts on the blog at:

"Is workplace loyalty dead in the age of the millennial?" publishes in The Globe & Mail

Young people are regularly maligned for being self-absorbed and entitled; not willing to "pay their dues"; and impatient to get the promotions and compensation they feel they deserve. As a result, the unfortunate, widely held sentiment is they cannot be counted on to stick around for the long haul, nor ever be loyal to a company. But this point of view is flawed. And Merge's latest column in The Globe & Mail's weekend Management series focuses on why. Read Is workplace loyalty dead in the age of the millennial?

Our final two videos in our Leading Change series

Since June, Merge has been publishing regular video tips on how leaders can successfully implement workplace change. This month, she wrapped up this project with the final two videos in the series.

Last chance! Open-enrollment leadership training events in Edmonton this month

Merge is now in her third year of partnering with CPA Alberta to deliver a series of "open enrollment" full-day leadership training programs in Edmonton and Calgary. The last two events for Edmonton are coming up at the end of the month! Check our website for the details.

Turning Managers into Leaders

That Merge can help you create the perfect team-building event?

One of the best ways to re-energize a team is to get them out of the office, even if it's just down the hall in the conference room, but away from the challenges and pressures of the day-to-day. A team that learns and laughs together is well on its way to being a high-performing team, and Merge can help you create the perfect experience! She'll work with you to identify what specific skills your people could benefit from, and then design and deliver a fun, exciting, and perfectly customized program to fit your people, your organization's culture, and your needs. You and your employees will return to work exhilarated, with a renewed passion for leadership and action, and a toolkit full of unbelievably useful ideas that will make an immediate impact on your leadership and productivity effectiveness.

For a first-hand look at what Merge can help you accomplish through your people, read this case study: Teaching People & Teams How to Build More Productive Working Relationships – A fun team-building day at a credit union.

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