Leadership Blog

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.

Habits of Emotionally Intelligent People

In an article listing seven habits of emotionally intelligent people, psychology expert, Kendra Cherry[1], identifies some practical reflection that leaders can engage in if they are to improve their emotional intelligence.

Engagement - Not At Any Cost

We have regularly written about the importance of engagement and the leadership role in making it happen.  In a recent article authored by Tony Schwartz he argues that the original concept has to change.   Twelve years ago he co-wrote a book called “The Power of Full Engagement.”

Less Hours, More Focus Leads to Higher Performance

There is an argument that employees can be more productive by working fewer hours and taking more time for rest and renewal during the work day.

At US company, the Energy Project, they’ve tested this assumption over the years by progressively reducing the number of hours they ask employees to work.