Duane Dike | 21 May 2015
Every move a leader makes affects someone and something else. So leadership effectiveness depends on three things: knowledge of the job, your place in the working environment and your ability to relate to others. Remove any of these and - like a stool - you're heading for a fall.
Self-help in its various forms is a multi-billion dollar business. But it’s a house built on sand, peddling hugely over-simplified ideas that risk creating more problems than they solve. Here are some self-help sacred cows it would be better to out out to pasture.
If you come up with a new idea, more often than not you'll meet tremendous resistance. So here are some strategies to disarm the idea-killers, neutralize the objections and get your ideas taken seriously.
Regardless of the cultural context, the objective in negotiation is to reach an agreement that mutually satisfies both parties’ interests. Accomplishing that across cultures requires a high level of cultural intelligence.
Behind our rational and analytical world, where everything is measured and quantified, there exist powerful archetypal narratives that shape who we truly are and offer us the the wisdom to wisely navigate a complex and changeable world.
Janet Howd | 04 May 2015
What do we have against seams? Many organisations like to boast that their organisational tapestries are ‘seamless’, as if this is something that bolsters their resilience and profitability. But without seams, it is heard to adopt, adapt and improve.
For time-stretched executives juggling professional objectives and scarce personal time, MOOCs have not been a hoped-for panacea. So forget the hype, virtual learning will only work for executives if it follows these seven basic principles.
James M. Kerr
Devised in the 1950s, the Johari Window is a technique that can be used to expose an individual’s blind spots and increase their self-discovery. As a management tool, it’s a useful way to improve team performance and enhance breakthrough thinking.
Over the years, dozens of different types of leaders have been identified. But as someone who believes that simpler is usually better, you can forget all of those because I've boiled down all those styles to just two basic types: Builders and Climbers.
The Connected Manager
12 May 2015
Ian Fleming’s James Bond books don’t normally spring to mind as sources of useful management advice. But there’s a one-liner in ‘Goldfinger’ that is actually quite brilliant, particularly if you run a remote team.
30 Apr 2015
A healthy skepticism towards the 'latest and greatest' is nothing new. Smart people have been resisting buying or implementing new technology for thousands of years for reasons that haven’t changed much since Roman times.
21 Apr 2015
Engagement isn’t something that organizations can foist upon people or buy with better benefits or free pizza. People are engaged (or not) because they choose to be; it’s something that comes from within them. If you don’t believe me, just consider your love life.
09 Apr 2015
Very few people intentionally try to undermine their working relationships with other team members. But most of us manage to do things inadvertently that can have a disproportionately negative impact on teamwork and productivity.
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The gap between having a vision and inspiring others to help you achieve it is common to every business leader. Dawna Jones talks to Guido Palazzo, professor of business ethics at HEC Lausanne, about how stories can help you communicate your vision
Whether it's personalised bill-boards, talking windows or mobile phones that know what product we're looking at in a store, the future of shopping has already arrived. And as we hear in this interview with Dr David Lewis, the neuro-psychologist who invented the science of shopping, that's only the beginning.
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