A time for every season

Duane Dike | 24 May 2017

In too many organizations, older workers get written off ‘village idiots’. But that’s a big mistake - after all these are the people who know its history, remember how things used to be and know what works and what doesn’t.

Why holacracy may not work for extraverts

Rod Collins

For all its good intentions, holacracy has a fatal flaw. It is a system designed for introverts that leaves extraverts isolated and frustrated at what feels like tedious and lifeless interaction.

A recipe for employee motivation

Morten Bennedsen

Absenteeism is less prevalent in family firms than in non-family firms. That’s because how much time employees take off and hence the effort they put into their jobs is largely a factor of an organisation’s culture.

A white guy's humble advice to black professionals

David Livermore

Companies are chasing diverse candidates. But how can those candidates use cultural intelligence to help them find the kind of employer who will include their perspectives as a critical part of their strategy rather than using them to up their diversity counts?

Life as a Public Sector COO

Patrick Davies

Many CEOs benefit from a 'wingman' - a COO who compliments their leadership on a daily, operational basis. And as Patrick Davies, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Washington, explains, the same is true of his role in the Foreign Service.

Do your filters stop you from hearing?

Peter Vajda

Every time you have a conversation, what you hear gets distorted by the unconscious listening filters each of us develops early in life and carries with us into adulthood. And that means that too often, we listen but we don't really hear.

Key skills for virtual leaders

Wayne Turmel

Leading a virtual team is a tough call, so here are seven key behaviors that leaders of virtual teams need to develop to be successful.

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.

Max McKeown

Great to Gutless to Greedy

Max McKeown

First Hewlett Packard and now Gillette. According to Max McKeown, it all goes to show that the other side of the "good to great" transformation is the "gutless to greedy" disorder.

Robert Heller

Complex management

Robert Heller

High-tech management tools don't just have to be used in situations that are new and technical. Indeed, innovative creativity is where fresh approaches to management are most needed.

Janet Howd

Words as drugs

Janet Howd

Rudyard Kipling observed that "words are the most powerful drugs used by mankind". But if that's true, why are so many presentations dull and uninspiring?

Peter Vajda

Intelligence, intellect and wisdom

Peter Vajda

Whether we're aware of it or not, our deeper voices of wisdom and intuition are continually sending us messages. The question is whether or not we are listening. And that depends on our level of conscious awareness.

Max McKeown

Power is originality's best friend

Max McKeown

Very few ideas succeed without powerful support. Because powerful people need ideas - and ideas need powerful people to facilitate, legitimise, popularise and even legislate for their adoption.

Earlier opinion

Reacting vs responding

Wayne Turmel

Ever hit “reply all” when you probably shouldn’t? Do you interrupt what you're doing to read incoming emails? Too often, we react rather than respond. And that can lead to trouble, especially for managers.

Confidence boosters for women in business

Abi Eniola

Studies show the majority of women believe confidence is key to effective leadership, but it’s something they struggle with throughout their careers. So what can they do to enhance their presence at senior levels?

Taking time for leadership

Duane Dike

Reflection is an essential part of leadership. Leaders who don't pause to reflect run into trouble because off-the-cuff decisions are often irrational, people-less, system-ignorant choices. In contrast, reflection brings new alternatives, fresh perspectives and creative solutions.

Every workplace needs a fool

Manfred Kets De Vries

Office tricksters tell it like it is and contribute to creative growth. But just as a king’s fool would play with fire if he told the king an unpleasant truths, fools and tricksters should tread warily in organisational life.

Productive conversations to build cultural intelligence

David Livermore

How do we engage in productive dialogue with people who have very different perspectives from our own? The many conversations I’ve had since the U.S. election have given me some ideas.

The right way to brag

Duane Dike

When you’re a manager, bragging about others is good. But bragging about yourself is bad, especially when it involves taking the credit for things other people have done in order to get ahead.

Essential attributes of successful women leaders

Cindy Wahler

Almost all the successful career women who have achieved a seat at the top table have applied their business savvy in two strategic ways that help to position them as leaders who truly makes a mark.

How to take expert advice

Wayne Turmel

You could drive yourself crazy trying to follow every piece of advice you get. And often the experts disagree. So how is a rational, intelligent and diligent human supposed to take all this advice without their craniums imploding?

The essential skill for our age

Rod Collins

Far from being a new iteration of the industrial revolution, our transformation into a hyper-connected world is the most significant inflection point in human history - one that demands ways of thinking and organizing that are a world away from the mechanistic models of the past.

Developing agility

Val Nichols

Top-down, command-and-control leadership slows organizations down and limits creativity. Instead, we need to develop the agility to rethink, reinvigorate and reinvent in response to changing circumstances.

Leading from the heart

Michael Jones

In a future of intelligent machines, the fastest growing segment of the economy will be the emergence of artist-leaders who build value through experiences that connect people with their hearts.

Parking spots: 6 ways to find space for innovation

Christos Tsolkas

Many people know what it’s like to have a great idea. But putting an idea into practice is something else entirely, particularly if you already have a serious job in a large corporation. So here’s a simple formula for getting yourself or your team to move.