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Listen Leaders: We Are What We Say

Consider how your mind works. It’s how all of our minds work, going constantly back and forth, every moment of every day of our lives. Sometimes it’s quiet, sometimes it’s loud, but it’s always there, that little voice in our head.  We all know the one, the internal dialogue that filters life, categorises people and hears what it hears to give life that ever-so-familiar ring to it. 

50,000 Thoughts per Day

Strategic Planning Basics for a New Leader

What is Strategic Planning?

According to the Strategic Management Institute, strategic planning is an organisational management activity that is used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the organisation’s direction in response to a changing environment. 

As a Leader, Does Mission Matter?

Does Mission Matter?

Some months ago, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ordered his department to redefine its mission and issue a new statement of purpose to the world. The draft statements under review were similar to the old mission statement, except for one thing — any mention of promoting democracy was being eliminated.  This was a big change.

Blessed Are the Rule Breakers

In an article by William R. Miller, clinical psychologist, on motivational interviewing he commented that fundamentalism happens in religion as well as in management.  “Jesus, he said, “ was famously criticized for feeding the hungry and healing the sick on a Saturday, a technical violation of the rule that no work should be done on the Sabbath.”

How Top US Government Leaders Define Leadership

During the past several years, Tom Fox of the US Center for Government Leadership has asked a number of US Cabinet Secretaries and other top Obama administration officials about their leadership philosophies and styles, and the lessons they have learned from managing a large workforce.  He recently shared this with the Washington Post as follows.

They might offer current and aspiring leaders a few important tips about focusing on the mission, setting expectations and engaging more meaningfully with employees.

What Makes Good Government Leaders

We believe many of the comments that follow apply also in the UK and Ireland.  They are from Terry Newell who was a US Air Force Officer and Dean of Faculty of the government's Federal Executive Institute. His main focus is on ethics and values-based leadership in government.  Here are some of his thoughts on government leadership in the US.  

Q: What are some of the challenges facing federal leaders?

A Conductor's View of Leadership

Itay Talgam’s take on leadership is inspiring.  Two million views of his Ted talk pay testament to that.  Here are some of his observations, based on his world of orchestral conductors.

A Special Kind of Leadership

In a recent article by Heidrick & Struggles, the global search firm, they speak of the ‘new normal’ meaning a business environment characterised by more porous organisations that are being influenced by more voices and interests, expressed by increasing numbers of stakeholders. 

Boardroom Leaders Need to Look Outside

Boards might be focused on the risks that arise from within their own organisation, but outside suppliers can cause harm too.

When an organisation’s suppliers get it right, they provide and add good value to go with the product or service.  When they get it wrong, however, they can become a source of financial and reputational damage — or even a back door for cyber criminals.

Forget The First 90 Days, Try 100 Days Before That

Michael Watson’s best seller, The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders is a powerful reminder of the need to take charge quickly and decisively when appointed to a position that requires organisational transition or transformation.

The message is to get the change through whilst you are new and fresh.  Make your big changes during the first 90 days when people are expecting change from a new face.