Leadership Blog

Do Something Different - Learn to Change - A Self Help Exercise

Habits control how you behave and interact with other people  They really do control how you behave.  Think about your daily and weekly routines: how many behaviours are repeats?  Consider things like, how long you sleep, what time you wake up, where you sit, what and when you drink (is it out of same cup?).  Do you sit at the same place at meals and meetings and have the same polite conversations with the same people?

Strangely, Creativity and Habit Go Together

Developing as a leader means being open to change and this requires, creativity and adaptability. It means being open to new ways of doing things and somehow developing new and more productive habits.

Four Competencies of Emotional and Social Intelligence

The following extracts from “The New Leaders” list the four main competencies and associated capabilities that are commonly associated with emotionally intelligent leaders.

Food for Thought - Literally

Maybe not before but definitely after Christmas you might want to face into the new year with a resolution about diet, health and mental wellbeing.  What you eat not only affects your body but also your brainpower.  Concentration, memory and problem-solving abilities are all affected by poor diet and can be improved by sticking to a brain-friendly diet.

Great Leader – Pity About the Language

The Ryanair boss, Michael O’Leary, regularly causes an outcry with his unreconstructed, often foul-mouthed, statements. Here are twelve classic he-didn't-just-say-that moments from the past.  Some of what he says is uncomfortable but from a leadership perspective there is always a hint of something to admire in his direct and dedicated approach that has led to huge business success in an industry that has seen many fail.  By the way, isn't it strange to see him talking up the need for improved customer service recently. 

Inspiration Matters

Inspiration is a quality associated with leadership.  We all want to be inspired, but where is it to be found?  Indeed, can we make it happen?  Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations.  Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities. The good news is that inspiration can be activated, captured, and manipulated, and it has a major effect on important life outcomes.

Strategy is Art and Science

In Professor Freedman’s new book Strategy: A History he reiterates the view that strategy is as much about inherent flexibility as rational planning – it’s art and science combined.  Lawrence Feedman is a professor of war studies at King’s College London.

He says, “To win in war, in business or in sport requires a strategy. That doesn’t mean you need a plan, you need flexibility.”

Leaders Take Note: Governance Rules May Change

As reported in the Sunday Times (27 October 2013) potential Prime Minister, Ed Miliband, plans to make private companies that work for the taxpayer obey public sector transparency rules.  The move would create an additional risk for the boards and chief executives of private companies and third sector organisations who will fear that they may have to reveal commercial secrets in the process.

Tough Love: It Really Does Work

It is surely no news to people at work that poor leaders produce disgruntled, unengaged employees. Research shows convincingly that great leaders do the opposite - that is, that they produce highly committed, engaged, and productive employees.

In a Harvard study of 160,500 employees working for 31,500 leaders at hundreds of companies around the world, researchers found low commitment scores for those unfortunate enough to work for those said to be the worst 10% of leaders.

Mind Tools to help Cultivate Better Teams

There are a number of psychometric tools available today that can be used in the workplace for everything from recruitment, talent management to team building. They provide a framework for management, trainers or HR practitioners to use in partnership with their teams and while psychometric tools are not a solution to be implemented in isolation, they can have significant impact as part of a wider ongoing process.