Tapping into the power of oratory

Janet Howd | 20 Feb 2018

When you're preparing to give a presentation, have you ever stopped to consider that what's going on in the back of your mind is likely to have a big impact on its chance of being a success?

Spanning the boundaries that limit organisational innovativeness

Yves Doz

Multinational organisations span many boundaries - geographic, cultural and institutional. So key to their effectiveness is the ability to bridge these divides while retaining their diversity and local uniqueness.

Digital transformation: from worker to gamer

Rod Collins

Digital transformation is likely to bring with it a dramatic reduction in traditional employment. But will also see the emergence of a radically different economic role: that of the gamer.

Office politics when you're not in an office

Wayne Turmel

People who work remotely often view the absence of office politics as a real plus. But they’re wrong. Understanding organizational and inter-personal dynamics is a critical part of that thing called ‘work’.

Leadership Is a journey, not a destination

Ian C. Woodward

Whether you are a leader of today or tomorrow, thinking consciously about leadership is essential. Every context requires different talents and skills, so leaders must learn to adjust themselves along the way.

The human-machine symbiosis

Rod Collins

Machines are becoming more humanlike. But rather than posing a threat to mankind, could this reformulation of the human-machine symbiosis spark a renaissance of humanity?

Are you managing your boss?

Myra White

Your relationship with your boss requires careful management. You need to building a cooperative working relationship and understand their needs and working style if you're going to make it work.

From the archive

Morale: a moving target

Duane Dike

What we think we know about morale is probably wrong, especially the black and white notion that morale is either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Like most human feelings, morale is a moving target, which is why being sensitive to its nuances is such a key skill for leaders.

Wayne Turmel

Meet like you mean it

Wayne Turmel

By far the number one crankiness-inducing thing in our lives is bad meetings. But with a little planning, you'll get the most out of them and give participants a reason to live - or at least show up with better attitudes.

David Livermore

Dealing with a different sense of urgency

David Livermore

One of the biggest frustrations when working across cultures is a different sense of urgency, follow-through, and deadlines. Whatever your relationship with time, here are some guidelines to address this challenge.

Edward de Bono

Getting into focus

Edward de Bono

Acquiring the habit of creative thinking is useful, but often not enough. It is the disciplined use of creative thinking that often turns up ideas way beyond those that arise from a habit of creative thinking.

Janet Howd

Pre-presentation nerves? No way!

Janet Howd

Preparing to give a presentation frightens the living daylights out of most people and often causes them to perform well below par. But preparing to run a marathon scares most people too - and yet those who take up that challenge usually do well on the day.

Earlier opinion

The biggest source of conflict on diverse teams

David Livermore

Clashing expectations are the main source of conflict in almost any relationship. And nowhere is that more true than on diverse teams, where intercultural challenges mean that the potential for misalignment is even greater.

Your team members aren’t pawns in a chess game

Wayne Turmel

Project management and team leadership are often viewed as chess games. But there’s one important difference. Those pieces on the chess board aren’t human. Your team members are - and they need to be treated accordingly.

Intelligence?

Duane Dike

What exactly is intelligence? Is it something measured by an IQ test? Or should we also consider more subtle traits like humor, the ability to figure things out or storytelling?

Getting stuck in

Mike France

One of the big advantages of being a smaller, more agile business, is that senior management can get stuck in with their employees during busy periods. So perhaps its time more executives spent less time in the boardroom and more in the dispatch room

Why the Internet of Things changes everything

Rod Collins

We are on the cusp of the second wave of the digital revolution, one which promises to be far more transformative than the first and which will change the fundamental dynamics of how our social structures work.

Managing time in meetings

Wayne Turmel

Often when running a meeting - be it physical or virtual - we can get so focused on "getting everything done" in the allotted time slot that we forget to focus on what it is we're actually supposed to accomplish.

Preparing teams to lead innovative change

Henrik Bresman

Today’s fast-moving industries demand a new model of organisational change that rejects the top-down, linear process of the past in favour of a more democratised, inclusive and open-ended paradigm.

Hire for how they learn, not what they know

Max McKeown

Learning new things is at the heart of innovation. That's why how a person learns is far more important than what they know. So you need to hire people not for what they know now, but because they can adapt to the future.

The bad influence of aggressive bosses

Manfred Kets De Vries

Identifying with an aggressor is a basic strategy for human survival. But in the workplace, such behaviour is destructive and needs to be called out.

Words of mass disruption

Janet Howd

Unless we can start to discern truth from falsehood, the slow but persistent infiltration of spurious news will inevitably lead humanity down the road of serious physical consequences.

Learning is everywhere

Wayne Turmel

What you know now is good for now, but might be completely outdated by tomorrow. This means there's a constant need to learn new things - both formally and - increasingly - informally.

Digital transformation and the power of collective intelligence

Rod Collins

As hierarchies give way to networks in our digital future, we need to understand how collective intelligence works and how to harness it - as well as how to protect ourselves from its dark side.