Leadership Blog

Leaders Can Learn from Google’s Culture

Whether it be encouraging employees to bump into each other or to think big, there is something special about the Google culture. Google makes the point that it’s their people who make them what they are.  Maybe so, but aren’t there people in all organisations. There is something in their culture that makes them different.

In a recent article, Google’s Manuel Schaeffer, who doesn’t claim to be an expert on organisational change or innovation tactics, has shared his top five tips for creating a great workplace environment based on his experience at Google.    

Mission with a Difference

How would you like to lead with a mission, “to be the wuxia master who saves the kingdom.”  This follows a new trend of leaders pausing to identify a personal and unique purpose statement for themselves.  The “wuxia” statement reflects one CEO’s love of Chinese kung fu movies and the wise, skillful warriors they portray.  By the way, he is president and CEO of Heineken, USA – no minor player.

Bad Things Leaders Do – Do You?

The leadership guru Marshall Goldsmith produced a list of 20 common failures in how leaders behave. Spend a minute mentally ticking off which ones you are guilty of, and pick one that you will stop doing this week. Be honest. If you can’t be honest enough, ask someone else to do it for you:

Social Economy Leadership: Change, Be Changed or Say Goodbye

Private sector leadership is sometimes hampered by boards at odds with shareholders or even the CEO.  Public sector leadership is often hampered by excessive bureaucracy and political scrutiny, with little freedom to lead.  Social economy leadership can suffer both these and more – too much member involvement and unbusiness-like structures.

Most Important Leadership Skills

Reading an article by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman we were interested in their listing of the most important leadership skills required today and interestingly, how these apply at different management levels.  

New to Gamification? Leaders Better Get Used to It

Have you ever watched someone play Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, or World of Warcraft?  They are totally absorbed in the moment.  What are they playing for, you might ask?  Often, it is just the sense of personal accomplishment in reaching a new level.  “Gamification” – like it or loath it as a phrase, better get used to it.

Think Again If You Use Traditional Measures to Assess Leadership

We have always liked the Dan Pink way of presenting the case for intrinsic motivation.  If you are not one of the many people (12.5m at the last count) who have watched his YouTube presentation on this it is worth a view http://youtu.be/u6XAPnuFjJc .

Board Leadership: Are You a Visionary Director?

We came across this checklist for how a “visionary director” can build long-term shareholder value - what every director of a company is surely supposed to strive for.  The article argued for more long-term, visionary thinking, arguing that,

What Leadership Does a Leader Expect

A recent job specification struck us as interesting in that it showed what a CEO might expect of his/her chief officers.  In this case it wasn't a COO or CIO but a CRO.  A what, you might ask.  A Chief Resilience Officer - a top-level advisor that reports directly to the city leader, tasked with, “establishing a compelling resilience vision for the city, working across departments and with the local community to maximise innovation and minimise the impact of unforeseen events.”

Where Do You Start to Lead Man Utd?

We have some insight into Louis Van Gaal’s intentions from ESPN Sport.  According to their report he is ready to tell the world about his approach to managing Manchester United.  We have some indication of his thinking from a business perspective.