Why power seekers give advice

Li Huang | 12 Jul 2018

Giving advice makes some people feel powerful because they feel that they have influence over others. But that connection with power means that it can also be dangerous.

Earning attention on webinars

Wayne Turmel

I’m always being asked how to get people to pay attention during webinars. My answer is to ask a simple question: what are you doing to earn their attention?

The dual company

Rod Collins

In today’s world, strategic plans and once-successful business models can quickly become redundant. So how can companies sustain short-term profitability while building long-term innovation capability? One answer is to create a dual company.

I think, therefore I feel

Duane Dike

How many of us have said, “I’ve been so busy today I haven’t even had time to think?” If you haven’t had time to think, you haven’t had time to lead. Leading without thinking is leading into disaster.

Ask your team a 3,000 year-old question

Wayne Turmel

If you're mindful as to your meeting's purpose and desired outcome, you will accomplish far more than if you approach it as an empty ritual.

Culture fit vs. authenticity

David Livermore

Authenticity - being yourself - can sometimes collide with organizational values. So how far should any of us be expected to give up our authentic preferences for the sake of an organizational purpose?

Nine habits that build trust

John Blakey

There’s a lot more to trust than just delivering on your promises. In fact, doing what you say you will do is only the basic entry-level requirement if you want to inspire trust in those you lead.

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.

Michael Jones

Four ways to create a culture of well-being

Michael Jones

Businesses are most successful when they create an environment that helps people feel good and view themselves as human enterprises.Here are four ways to develop that sense of well-being.

Duane Dike

Leadership: an evolutionary journey

Duane Dike

Have we learned anything new about leadership over the past few decades or are we just touting the same mantras over and over? To answer that, let’s take a journey through history.

David Livermore

Moving beyond the fluff in intercultural training

David Livermore

The globalized world offers a sea of opportunities and challenges. But trying to do "business as usual" when working across borders is a recipe for failure – which is why cross-cultural training is a strategic imperative, not a "nice-to-have".

Peter Vajda

Whose success is it anyway?

Peter Vajda

Most of us aspire to succeed. But what does that mean? It's no use trying to emulate somebody else's idea of success. Being successful requires a conscious exploration of what success means to you. It's far more than just achieving results.

Earlier opinion

The dawn of the second human epoch

Rod Collins

The great promise of digital transformation, AI and collective intelligence to transform humanity for the better will only be achieved if we remember two fundamental foundational principles.

Relaxing while flying

Duane Dike

Each time I get in a plane, I sit back and relax, because there not much else to do. What I’m getting to here is we have to learn to relax - and also learn how to separate work from non-work.

Beyond coaching psychobabble: let the buyer beware

Manfred Kets De Vries

The advertising pitches of many coaches raise false expectations and seem designed to fool the gullible. Contrary to all the hype, creating meaningful behaviour change is neither easy, fast nor linear.

The invisible woman

Myra White

Visibility is key to building the type of power that leads to top jobs. Men are masters of this visibility, but women are not. So we won't get more women in leadership positions until they start to step out of the shadows and give themselves and their talents a higher profile.

Open questions, open communication

Wayne Turmel

Working remotely, we just don't get any of non-verbal signals we see in a meeting room. That's why asking open questions is one of the most critical skills the manager of a remote team can possess.

Take your team from 'me' to 'we'

Doug Upchurch

Understanding why other people operate the way they do is fundamental to any effective team. That's why one of the keys for teams wanting to unlock their success and come together in pursuit of a shared goal is individual self-awareness.

Passing on the skill of ageing

Janet Howd

Western societies need a new attitude towards ageing. Because if we continue to sideline and box-in people after their so-called retirement, the cost of containment will bankrupt us all.

Seven ways to assess your perspective taking

David Livermore

You can’t motivate people or negotiate effectively without perspective taking - being able to step outside our own experience and consider something from another person’s point of view.

Moving beyond the hazards of human bias

Rod Collins

Human beings can be both blind to the obvious and blind to their blindness. So the great promise of Artificial Intelligence is that it can move us move beyond the limits of our human biases.

Tapping into the power of oratory

Janet Howd

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.