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- High Performing Teams - Why so hard?
- How do we learn and develop?
- When it comes to change..speed kills
- Starting a new role..seek first to understand
- Innovation - Do Boards and CEO's Understand?
- When you are looking for new strategic opportunities..think Blue Oceans
- What I like about the Balanced Scorecard for business
- Change and what we can achieve in 30 days
- Part 2 - Growth Initiatives - traps and inhibitors
- Growth initiatives - how do we grow?
Category Archives: Leadership
High Performing Teams – Why so hard?
The desire for high performing teams in business is so common that you would think organisations would have a reliable approach to this by now – but in my experience that’s not the case. The effective interaction of individuals within … Continue reading
How do we learn and develop?
For the last few years I have been working to support others to develop and grow. At the same time of course I also needed to develop and grow. My focus is more on the skills or competencies rather than information … Continue reading
When it comes to change..speed kills
When it comes to change, speed can kill. The desire to get things in quickly, be decisive and prove you are an action leader can create a false sense of momentum. Those change efforts appear to leap out of the … Continue reading
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Starting a new role..seek first to understand
Many executives face the excitement of a new role and feel a strong sense of determination to succeed in it. It is easy to get carried away with the thought that your knowledge, skills and capabilities will launch you into … Continue reading
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Innovation – Do Boards and CEO’s Understand?
How many Boards, CEO’s and Senior Managers are urging their staff to innovate yet lack the understanding of the culture, skills and processes required and the risks inherent in innovation? Scott Anthony wrote recently in a HBR blog that companies … Continue reading
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When you are looking for new strategic opportunities..think Blue Oceans
Most organisations are looking for growth, innovation, a way to reduce their costs or expand their markets. Many are trapped by their history in relation to the markets and products/services they offer and need a process to think beyond their … Continue reading
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What I like about the Balanced Scorecard for business
When Kaplan and Norton developed the Balanced Scorecard they were seeking to develop a broader perspective of what needs to be measured and managed to achieve success in business and also how to communicate and integrate the measures and targets … Continue reading
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Change and what we can achieve in 30 days
Whilst the song may say that “Love is in the air..” my experience talking with CEO’s and business people is that “Change is in the air..” – not so catchy and certainly not as well embraced. The result of this … Continue reading
Posted in Behaviour, Change, Innovation, Leadership, Skills Tagged Chief executive officer, Consciousness, Four stages of competence, Google, Matt Cutts, Organization, Skill, Unconscious mind 1 Comment
Part 2 – Growth Initiatives – traps and inhibitors
In my last post I talked about the elements that would be beneficial to growth initiatives and now I want to touch on those things that can hold back growth initiatives. A belief that the market you want to enter … Continue reading
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Growth initiatives – how do we grow?
We need to grow the business faster than “system” growth (i.e. faster than the overall industry growth rate). The Board is challenging the lack of top-line or profit growth and senior executives are scrambling to find the next big thing. … Continue reading
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Measures, Business Performance and Staff Engagement
Early in my working life I heard the phrase “if you don’t measure it you don’t manage it” and I would have to say that it has held true over a long period of time. Measuring something achieves two things; … Continue reading
When decisions turn out wrong how do you react?
When decisions turn out wrong how do you react? Is it a case of moving on quickly and hoping people forget, undertaking a review and despondently wishing that it was something someone missed and thereby not your fault, or is … Continue reading
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Why leading people is not that difficult – a list to check!
When you think about it leading people should involve a fair amount of common sense. Treat people as you would like to be treated would be a good starting point (masochists aside). So what would be on your list of … Continue reading
Decisions, Outcomes and Luck
Have you ever experienced a time when a decision you made did not results in an ideal outcome? Often in business a decision is measured in terms of outcomes. What was the result that arose from the particular decision. In … Continue reading
The role of luck, chance or randomness
You may be familiar with an author – Nassim Taleb – he wrote a book called “The Black Swan” and also a book called “Fooled by Randomness“. In both books he looks at events from a viewpoint of predictability or … Continue reading
Why would treating staff badly be a good leadership strategy?
In trying to solve problems it is sometimes useful to flip them around and look from the other direction. This might mean starting from the last step, which is useful in showing what needs to remain, or taking the opposite … Continue reading
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Why are so many things broken?
A very funny perpsective on what has gone wrong in the design of so many things from the TED.com website and Seth Godin. http://on.ted.com/8Z8G Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the 7 reasons why they are that … Continue reading
Stress testing your Strategy
A recent HBR article by Robert Simons discusses seven questions to stress test your strategy. There are two aspects of this that I like. The first is the use of questions as an approach to facilitate broader consideration of issues. … Continue reading
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Resilience training – bleeding heart soft or army tough?
I was reading an article that HBR does on leadership lessons from the armed forces and came across this blog on Resilience Training in the U.S. Army. Resilience, optimism and positivity are inter-related and I have personally sponsored such training … Continue reading
Posted in Behaviour, Happiness, Leadership, Optimism, Positivity, Resilience, Skills 1 Comment
How can service areas like HR increase their influence?
I know what it’s like to work in a service division (I spent 13 years in Human Resources or Personnel as it was sometimes called back then), rather than in the front line business functions of sales, manufacturing or product. … Continue reading
Posted in Decision Making, Leadership, Management, Motivation, Sales, Skills Tagged Business, Change management, Human resources, Leadership, Management Leave a comment