Realizing Leadership Magazine. In Conversation with Chris Atkinson: The Transformational Leader
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“If people listen to you, if they’re choosing to follow you – your words, your ideas – you’re a leader regardless of your position and that’s fundamentally misunderstood because we associate the word leader with those people with power..” ~ Chris Atkinson
The famed playwright and author George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Although Shaw perfectly expresses how important change is, his quote doesn’t acknowledge how hard it is to carry out.
Organizational change can be so difficult to carry out that many business leaders avoid it altogether. That’s unfortunate because when it’s done properly, a business pivot can be a force for good. We’ve collected four examples of organizational change to show you how businesses can become more productive, more profitable, and more successful.
As a leader, it’s you that has the biggest impact on the engagement of your team, and your No. 1 goal should be to look to increase this, as it will have a significant impact on the bottom line of your company.
Our experience suggests that, regardless of the circumstances, real transformation happens only when a leadership team embraces the idea of holistic change in how the business operates—tackling all the factors that create value for an organization, including top line, bottom line, capital expenditures, and working capital. This is easier said than done. Ordinary approaches to transformation typically deliver ordinary (and often suboptimal) results.
To achieve extraordinary results, we believe a comprehensive, highly disciplined methodology—encompassing both the “what” and the “how”—is needed (exhibit). The “what” entails the smooth movement of the many specific transformation ideas and initiatives through three phases: from independent diligence to planning to implementation. These phases will sound familiar to the seasoned executive.
If people start worrying when you show up, you’re a downer. If people love to see you leave, you're a loser. If your team hates receiving calls from you, you’re a lousy leader. People in positive work environments love to see the boss coming. They love seeing you because they'll go further with you than…
Good leaders are hard to come by. Almost half of the companies that participated in the Workplace Trends’ Global Workforce Leadership Survey in February and March 2015 chose leadership as the hardest skill to find in employees. What’s more, among the 1,000 employee participants, only 36 percent called leadership a strength in their organizations. Human resources has the advantage of occupying the high perch that 'sees it all.'
What companies need to compete and win are leaders at all levels, which means employees who are informed, enabled and empowered to move the company toward its goals.To make this happen, HR and talent management professionals need to rethink everything — starting with what defines a leader in an organisation.
Developing a team of highly motivated and engaged employees is the holy grail for most leaders. We're on a never-ending quest to help our people tap into their sense of intrinsic motivation that will kick their performance into high gear, allow them to derive greater satisfaction from their work, and help the organization reach its…
By Kristen B. Frasch Latest poll of HR leaders' top worries shows keeping employees on board, and keeping them happy and productive, remains at the top of the list, though approaches for doing that are -- surprisingly -- declining in their abilities to deliver results.
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