leaders and their organizations suffer from fear of failure and practiced incumbency, especially when embarking on an ambitious change initiative.
The change journey is fraught with unknowns and the unexpected. Orchestrating organizational transformation in any large company is like launching a rocket into space. Much goes into preparations to be successful, but unforeseen factors like weather or wind pressure can affect the launch and flight path. A multitude of factors can misdirect the change program, resulting in delays, crashes, or becoming lost in orbit.
The following is excerpted and re-formatted from a manuscript I am editing entitled Lead Like Butler: Six Principles For Values-Based Leaders, by Kent Millard and Judith Cebula (Abingdon, 2012). The book, to be published at…
Frank Vermeulen of London Business School argues that, 'if you can’t find time to think, it probably means that you haven’t organized your firm, unit, or team very well, and you are busy putting out little fires all the time. It also means that you are at risk of leading your company astray.The best leaders don’t let themselves get too busy to reflect.'
Here he shares 5 questions that all leaders should find time to reflect on:
A meeting in London last week saw Northern Rail boss Alex Hynes offer advice to young rail professionals about how to get their careers on the right track Just days after it was confirmed that he will continue in his role as managing director...
Following on from yesterday's rant about "Minecraft: Educational Edition", I awoke to find more 'details'. I'd like to go over this. As I said yesterday, I believe at this point, this is nothing more than another attempt by a technology giant to use 'teacher frontage' to mask it's commercial agenda and make money. It's also…
Matrices are often necessary, but they may create uncomfortable ambiguity for employees. Clarifying roles can boost both the engagement of the workforce and a company’s organizational health. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
No one would expect sluggish companies to thrive. It’s equally reasonable to assume that success achieved through breakneck speed, without stabilizing processes and structures underfoot, will be hard to sustain over the long term. Yet some executives might not only reasonably maintain that speed and stability pull in opposite directions but also hypothesize that they may be negatively correlated. Our latest research, however, confirms that the opposite is true.
Both the 21st-century economy and the careers needed to fuel it are changing at an unprecedented rate. Students must be prepared for nonlinear careers, pivoting to match the ever-changing work landscape. We thus need to rethink not just how we teach our students but what we teach our students.
Useful data trends in planningThere are three categories that I consider foundational for effective business planning: destination/purpose, information access, and integration. What are the trends with these three categories?
Leadership starts with influence and influence starts with trust. Ability to truly connect with others is vital for leaders to build an environment where a leader is trusted for the intentions before being respected for competence. I once worked with a new CEO who came on-board, took charge and
Around the world, participation rates in tertiary education are on the rise and one of the key challenges facing educators is finding ways to engage these students. We present the results of a project that assesses the impact of an engagement strategy in which a cohort of students entering their first year of university (1) establish and maintain a clear goal of their ideal future career and (2) make use of a web-based digital curation tool to research and present their findings.
The rate of change in the business world today is greater than our ability to respond. In a world that is often described as VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and ambiguous), there are major tectonic shifts that demand a new mindset of leadership. First, let us look at these shifts. In recent
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