Rod Collins | 08 Oct 2019
Will AI benefit mankind or could it lead to the end of the human race? A better understanding of the relationship between human thinking and AI may shed some light on this great uncertainty.
Many ‘grand’ business strategies are well-packaged and smell great. But what ultimately determines the success of a business isn’t strategy but something much more simple: the choices that customers make to buy or not to buy.
Are mansplaining and its close cousin, whitesplaining, real things or are they just more pop psychology terms? David Livermore interviews Dr Amy Heaton to find out.
Speaking to large groups on-line can be deeply disconcerting. Why? Because even in a lecture-type presentation, you get all kinds of feedback. But doing it virtually feels like you’re talking into a void.
Whether we like it or not, the digital revolution has completely rewritten the rules of how the world works. And even more disconcertingly for those who want to hold onto the old rules, this revolution is only just getting started.
Marc Le Menestrel
Any definition of corruption that does not include your own actions is a self-protective fantasy. So having honest, adult conversations about corruption requires accepting that none of us is ethically pure.
Having faith is a wonderful thing. But today's project and functional teams need to run on trust. Why? Because unlike faith, trust is evidence-based, built on measurable results and can be restored through hard work.
The world isn't predictable, uniform or controllable. So trying to run organisations via planned, top-down programmes dictated by senior leaders is doomed to failure. Instead, we need to start viewing organisations as living eco systems, rather than some sort of machine.
The most important business lesson I ever learned, I learned at eight years old. And it’s something that is as relevant to all of us today as it was to me as a kid back then.
We've said it before and we'll say it again. Everyone needs a proper holiday. Taking real time out from work is a non-negotiable necessity if we're to to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul.
Marc Le Menestrel
The ability to dream our future world into being can help us survive. So imagining an ideal world is also a powerful tool for enhancing proactivity and leading organisational transformation.
Many large organizations have problems with innovation. So unlocking their potential means understanding the key factors that influence innovation and how leadership behavior influences them.
Rather than finding workable solutions to our most intractable problems, we seem to be locked into endless cycles of debate that prevent meaningful action from ever happening.
Manfred Kets De Vries
The Icarus syndrome, with its signature lack of humility, has felled many leaders who planned grandly but failed miserably. That’s why every leader needs to keep their hubris in check.
You could drive yourself crazy trying to follow every piece of advice you get - and often the experts disagree. So how is a rational person supposed to take all this advice without their heads imploding?
You can’t have an honest conversation about cultural intelligence without addressing 'white privilege', the idea that white people inherit certain privileges simply by the color of their skin. But this isn't an easy thing to discuss.
Have you ever stopped to take stock of what you are focusing on? In all aspects of our work and life, our focus either holds us back or provides a springboard to success. So use it to create positive intentions for yourself rather than dwelling on the things you don’t want.
From the archive
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.
Losing your integrity is like losing your virginity: it only happens once. And it often stems from a step-by-step deterioration, when small errors and failings are routinely overlooked - the exact opposite of marginal gains.
Workplace bullying is a global problem affecting all professions and sectors. This overview examines the range of legislation already in place to address bullying as well as laws we can expect to see enacted in the near future.
The Great Crunch has revealed the limitations of scientific management and the dangers of focussing too much on abstract strategy at the expense of what is going on now.
I've often been asked how you make people listen. The simple answer is that you really can't. People must choose to listen; you can't make them do it. But there are things you can do that make listening an easier choice.
The old saying “do unto others as you’d like them to do unto you” Is fine advice. But when it comes to management, it's not so simple. Let me explain why it doesn’t stack up.
Nothing is more frustrating than a great idea falling on deaf ears. If this happens to you, don't get demoralized, get smart. To get your ideas adopted, you need a strategy.
Just 15 years ago, Swiss company Kuoni was one of Europe's best-known travel brands. But its failure to embrace the wave of digital disruption engulfing the travel industry proved to be a disastrous and irreversible mistake.
Anyone who has worked in a business for a long time will probably have a story about an actual or near catastrophic meltdown. But as my own experience shows, leverage collective intelligence is the best way of avoiding these disastrous situations.
James M. Kerr
More and more companies globally are using humor as part of their brand strategies, and Stand-Up Strategist has just released its second annual ranking of the best corporate April Fools campaigns.
Communication increasingly seems to be a question of technology. But it isn’t. It's a complicated process with lots of moving parts. And it starts with two very important questions
In the digital age, where consumers and brands are connected like never before, B2B retailers need to embrace new business models and pivot into platforms.
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.
In the same way nature has mixed and remixed matter to arrive at our current universe, mankind has mixed and remixed ideas to arrive at our current society. So if we want to make the future better, we need to look for new combinations of old ideas.
Manfred Kets De Vries
Managers who are emotionally insecure or who have a fragile self-esteem face a dilemma when making hiring decisions. That’s why B-players often fail to hire the best people.
James M. Kerr
During large-scale reorganizations, discussions can often become heated and turn personal. That's why it's important to keep in mind some techniques to ensure that your teams stay focused on the "why" and the "what" rather than getting bogged down with the "who".
If you want to be a leader and not just a boss, you need to stop relying on your title or your position to get people to comply and start to strengthen your connections with others.
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