Your response to change may be to embrace it and to create opportunity. First, do not hold on an assumption based on one negative experience. Use your self leadership skills as a building block for future experiences.
Via Belinda MJ.B
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Despite gains, women face leadership barriersSouthCoastToday.comOverall, women were rated higher than men in 12 of 16 leadership competencies including skills that have typically been seen as male strengths like taking initiative and driving for...
Via Morag Barrett
Our work aimed to gain insights into the value, processes and relationships of mentoring and peer-learning, and was timed at the end of our first run of the programme so that we could prepare for the arrival of the next cohort.
Via Morag Barrett
Most employees hate end-of-year performance reviews. What many do not realize, however, is that their bosses may hate these reviews just as much as they do. While these reviews lead to considerable anxiety for both managers and employees, they do provide valuable information about how well employees are performing. Here are six simple, clear and 'no frills' tips for managers giving end-of-year performance reviews.
An alternative viewpoint to my previous post - what do you think?
Via Richard Andrews
"Since I realized I don't like change either, I look at people resisting change in a different way. I credit Mari Peck for opening my eyes during one of her recent seminars. Here is the little exercise Mary had has done. It may help you, a manager tasked with implementing change, to understand the nature of change resistance:"
Change Management is on the agenda of every organization – whether public or private sector, large or small. Change is often positive as organizations strive to do better, introduce innovation or devise new processes whose aim is to deliver benefits.
Via the Change Samurai
Vague plans don’t get done. Capitalize on the natural language of your brain and be specific when setting goals.There’s a big gap between knowing what you want to do and actually getting it done. We want to be focused with laser-like precision on critical tasks and make the best, most efficient use of our time. Instead, we get distracted, we procrastinate, and we wind up getting too absorbed by unimportant aspects of a single project when we’d be better off turning our attention to other things.
Fortunately, there is a very simple strategy that has been proven to help us deal effectively with the distractions......
Via Ricard Lloria
The past few years have seen surprisingly healthy increases in IT spending, but the outlook for 2013 is more modest.Undeterred, CIOs are moving money around within their budgets to press ahead in two key areas: redefining how IT creates value and better equipping IT to meet fast-changing demand.
Via Matthias Lorentz
Your business culture needs to be one that can attract, motivate and retain employees, build loyalty and commitment from customers to the success of your business, and support your endeavours to grow the business to greater heights.
If your business is not firing on all of these fronts, careful attention needs to be given to improving your businesss culture, and through these improvements, increase your bottom line.
This excellent article, acknowledges that it is extremely difficult to change a business culture, and it suggests four ways you can go about improving rather than completely changing, your existing business culture.
Via Daniel Watson
The Darwinian approach to business survival...
“It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”
This insight, attributed to Charles Darwin, could easily be the most important business management mantra for the decade. With challenging economic times, increasing global competitiveness and the dominance of international markets by multinational corporations, now, more than ever, innovation and evolution are the best ways for small businesses to survive.
Here are five simple steps to evolution to help your business survive and thrive, both now and in the future.
Any improvement journey starts with developing an understanding of current behaviour and current performance. To create elite performance, teams need to understand the existing patterns of behaviour in the company. Why do other groups respond they way they do? How is your own group’s behaviour perceived? How will people respond to change?
Create your vision
Where do you want your business to be? A destination is achieved by taking a thousand steps in the right direction. Having a clear direction and communicating it to all your employees can help ensure that every action, everyone is taking, every day is working towards the same goal. All your management actions form part of this communication. People do what is measured. Make sure what you are measuring reflects the steps to your destination.
Teach the necessary skills
Business innovation brings some new challenges for existing teams and their players. Make sure you support your teams, and help them achieve their potential by giving them training them in innovation management practices. For your business to thrive in the future, all the different elements need to be engaged, motivated and aligned towards the goal.
Create an agile delivery plan
No matter how conservative or adventurous your innovation, you can move ahead with confidence without a plan made up of practical, pragmatic, achievable and measurable steps.
Flexibility is important – even vital. Agile practices are all about being open to learning at every step – re-evaluating the goals and the steps based on lessons learned. Don’t confuse agile with the idea of having no plan. Each lesson learned has to be reflected against where you are going, and a judgement of whether this step is an effective way to get there. Some of the most valuable lessons are an early realisation that you have slipped onto the wrong path, and need to step and start again.
Being adaptive is, by definition, all about developing skills and capabilities to achieve effective ongoing change. Relevant and consistent management practices and strong leadership are vital to guiding staff through the journey.
Strong leadership is an exactly the medicine that is required to develop confident, autonomous and aligned contribution from all of the people working on your team.
By using these five principles you can help to transform your business into an adaptable, innovative, efficient powerhouse. By setting up your processes to favour growth, you can give your business the best chance of evolving, surviving and thriving far into the future.
Today’s markets are fast-changing, customers are ever more demanding and competition is brutal. In this uncertain environment, agility is an exceptionally powerful competitive weapon for enterprises of all sizes to capitalize on market shifts.
Read this article to learn more about:How can companies turn volatility into opportunity? What are the key components that matter most in defining business agility? What are the different lenses through which leading companies are adapting their organizations to respond to this volatility?
Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
Continuing on the path of one of my previous articles (About people skills and empathic leadership) where I wrote about people skills and that the ability to ‘think outside of the box’ and to create a climate of exchange, knowledge sharing and trust while leading is of major importance for providing direction and innovation to any company, I have to add the following: in fact leading with compassionand empathy is truly the most effective type of leadership. Why? Well let me take the time to explain this to you!
By Jenny Ebermann,
Via Edwin Rutsch, Jean-Philippe Bouchard
Low levels of emotional intelligence can contribute to making workplaces more stressful than they need to be. In contrast, having high emotional intelligence skills can help people cope with the pressure and stress of a busy, tense and demanding workplace, so they don't feel overwhelmed. This newsletter describes 5 emotionally intelligent ways to stop feeling overwhelmed.
Via The Strategist Group
Why would you want to waste your time blogging and building a following on social media networks? Why would you bother? It all seems like a lot of hard work.
This article struck an chord with me since I was in the middle of quizzing my son to prepare for a world history test. Jeff indicates it used to be very hard to get noticed, become an anthority, build awareness, and establishment your unique identity.
Whether we're talking about nobility and privledged classes in the 14-17th centuries in empires including the Chinese, Khan, Ottoman, or Europe - your birth right pretty much determined your place in life.
Advance forward a few years, and the gate keepers are no longer nobles and kings - but rather radio and tv - to get noticed you have to spend massive amounts of advertising.
Here we are at present day - social media has pretty much leveled the field for ANY individual to get noticed through branding, influence, thought-leadership, awareness, self-publishing. The tools are free. The only constraint is your available time.
If it's possible to do this, and the case studies are available in a wide range of industries, why are YOU not yet taking advantage of social media.
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Via Barry Deutsch