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Why Good Managers Are So Rare

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Gallup has found that one of the most important decisions companies make is simply whom they name manager. Yet our analysis suggests that they usually get it wrong. In fact, Gallup finds that companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82% of the time.

 

Bad managers cost businesses billions of dollars each year, and having too many of them can bring down a company. The only defense against this massive problem is a good offense, because when companies get these decisions wrong, nothing fixes it. Businesses that get it right, however, and hire managers based on talent will thrive and gain a significant competitive advantage.

 


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What values do you use to help make decisions on Manager appointments? Do you put enough effort into selecting and developing first line supervisors / managers? (As Tom Peters puts it - a most critical strategic decision) .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7ue3XwGMAw)

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, March 15, 2014 9:12 AM

Leaders account for 70% of their groups engagement per a gallup study. Furthermore  "Gallup finds that companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82% of the time." Battlefield promotions  due to a lack of focus on developing a bench of talent. Why wouldn't you? Ask those who don't ...

donhornsby's curator insight, March 16, 2014 9:12 AM

(From the article):Very few people are able to pull off all five of the requirements of good management. Most managers end up with team members who are at best indifferent toward their work — or are at worst hell-bent on spreading their negativity to colleagues and customers. However, when companies can increase their number of talented managers and double the rate of engaged employees, they achieve, on average, 147% higher earnings per share than their competition.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, March 17, 2014 1:59 PM

Great managers begin with great people.  When they bring out the best in themselves, they bring out the best in others. ~quote #genuineleaders #leadership

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Beyond compliance (Part Two): How to be a trust-based leader - The FCPA Blog - The FCPA Blog

Beyond compliance (Part Two): How to be a trust-based leader - The FCPA Blog - The FCPA Blog | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
In Part One of this two-part series, I described the intersection of compliance, ethics, and trust...
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I sense that's in an are where it is absolutely critical for Executives, Managers and Team Leaders to demonstrate visible on going commitment - every day. Without this commitment staff "will see through" the efforts and categorise them as mere management speak.

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Values Based Leadership - Creating a Culture of Ownership

These are the slides used by Values Coach CEO Joe Tye in the webinar "Values-Based Leadership - Creating a Culture of Ownership" conducted for more than 3,000 …
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Giving Teeth to the Lion

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Organizations without guiding values have lost control of their identity and future. Values guide during good times, anchor during tough times, and create stability during change. One of my leaders...
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Perhaps a key differentiator that will be an ever more vital foundation for sustainable agility (i.e. having agility that supports more than one potentially lucky adaption)

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Are You Creating Purpose Through Your Leadership?

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A revealing look at why creating purpose through our leadership is critical to bringing out the best in our employees.
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With ever more evidence of insufficient employee engagement my sense is that leaders at all levels will benefit from exposing the purpose behind the enterprise activities they sponsor.
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Does Articulating Your Corporate Values Matter?

Does Articulating Your Corporate Values Matter? | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
Corporate values are commonplace. They are stated on corporate literature and easily found on company websites so that visitors can get a sense of what is important to the organisation.  Stating values is also a way to shape internal stakeholders’ understanding  of the company and an attempt to influence their behaviours. 
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Leaders (at all levels in the organisation - from the first line supervisors to the C Suite) need to be seen to live these stated values and use them to help make difficult decisions.

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7 Powerful People-Tasks You can do Today

7 Powerful People-Tasks You can do Today | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
Great people accomplish great things. The question is, how to develop and maximize greatness in others. 5 things you can do with people: Understand and accept them. Correct and punish them. Honor a...
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Seeing objectives (that are aligned with and have a clear line of sight to the strategic needs of your enterprise) and then trusting people to deliver resonated well with my experience. The point made about helping people who do not fit also chimed well with me. You owe it to your organisation and the engaged people that you have!

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Simon Sinek's Best Advice on Inspired Leadership

Simon Sinek's Best Advice on Inspired Leadership | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
The leadership expert and author answered questions from Twitter fans on team-building, entrepreneurship, and finding your why.

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I believe strongly in giving people context so that they can appreciate the reasons they are being asked / expected to engage in particular actions i.e. in Sinek's language "the why"

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Zombie Employees Are Killing Your Business, And You’re Creating Them

Zombie Employees Are Killing Your Business, And You’re Creating Them | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
If going to work feels like walking onto the set of “The Walking Dead,” leadership might be the cause of your office’s zombie apocalyp
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How well do your employees understand the purpose of your enterprise?
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Willful Blindness Why Leaders and Cultures Fail

Willful Blindness Why Leaders and Cultures Fail | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
The only way to remove willful blindness from the workplace is through culture, leadership, and a strong hiring and selection process.  Brad Federman offers some key steps to remove willful blindness in your organization.
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Everyone Profits from the Return on Character

Everyone Profits from the Return on Character | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
Veteran management guru Fred Kiel uses hard data to prove that soft factors like integrity, forgiveness, and compassion energize employees and customers — and deliver better returns.
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The "virtuosos" description resonates well with my recollections of the qualities of the most effective Leaders I have enjoyed working with.
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Only 35% of U.S. Managers are Engaged

Only 35% of U.S. Managers are Engaged | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
Disengaged leaders lead disengaged teams. Only 35% of U.S. managers are engaged in their jobs. Is it any wonder that only 30% of the workforce is engaged.* Worse yet, engagement levels go down the ...
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Leaders who set a clear expectation that their subordinates spend time engaging with their subordinate and "budget" time for doing this, in my view create a foundation for the improved connectedness argued fro in this blog.

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PRINCIPLES OVER PROCESS

Repeatable processes and procedures add great value in stable and predictable times. Those are not the times we live in today or likely in the future. Strategy that works has got to be based on something that proves successful in unpredictable, fast moving, and changing times. Principles, not process and procedures, provide the overarching guidance in any situation for making the right decisions and taking the best action.

A move toward the Advantage Strategy Paradigm begins with the adoption and commitment to a set of principles that guides all executives in the decisions and actions they take related to developing, planning, and executing strategy. Principles provide a broad context for strategic action and guidelines that can be communicated and taught at all levels of the organization, eventually becoming part of the organization’s culture. Throwing out standard process and procedures in favor of a handful of powerful but easily remembered principles for managing strategy will soon begin to show improvements in your business results.

Here are the five principles that guide Advantage Strategy:

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In thinking about this post I believe it would be helpful to consider actions that balance managing stakeholders, continuous improvement and raising overall enterprise agility.

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3 Ways To Be An Effective Leader In Times Of Change

3 Ways To Be An Effective Leader In Times Of Change | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
Want to be an effective leader in today's turbulent business environment? Use clarity, focus, and communication to keep your team on track.
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and in an environment where shared values are developed and respected

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12 Maverick Leadership Tips From James Bond

12 Maverick Leadership Tips From James Bond | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
James Bond as a maverick business leader? Perhaps it could work. Many of today’s most inspiring businesses were created by maverick leaders who colored outside of lines and thought outside of the box. Sir Richard Branson comes to mind.
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Is authenticity one of his strengths?

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4 Surprising Lessons for Emerging Leaders - Huffington Post

4 Surprising Lessons for Emerging Leaders - Huffington Post | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
Excellent leadership is like good health. Everyone wants to experience it. And if you are interested in reading about becoming a great leader you have 150,000 titles to choose from on Amazon -- take your pick.
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The "proceed with honesty and do what you say" point resonates particularly strongly with me.

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The Art of Passionate Leadership - Forbes - Forbes

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By: Nozomi Morgan Leaders are People who Make Things Happen My definition of leadership is this: “Leaders are people who make things happen.” It’s a simple definition, and one that you can see continually in play in the world around you.
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I would emphasise that great leaders "open doors' for others to grow their capabilities as they "make things happen"

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Do you place enough value on continuous improvement? | Efficienarta

Do you place enough value on continuous improvement? | Efficienarta | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
"Marginal gains means looking at all the things we do, and never assuming we couldn’t do them better." Dave Brailsford. Enterprises that have continuous
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I sense that many senior executives put their focus on selling current products & services and to an extent future products BUT often miss the gains achievable from effective continuos improvement initiatives. Moreover, the enterprises that have Leaders embedding the "marginal gains" tactics into enterprise DNA have a sustainable competitive advantages.

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Developing Employees Who Think for Themselves

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“ When we talk to managers about what their workers are lacking, we hear a common refrain: “We need employees who can think, not just follow orders.” The complaint is usually followed by an observation about how the world is changing too quickly to...”
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I sense that this is a key element of raising the level of organisational agility.
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Celebrate mistakes: Creating a culture of forgiveness

“Zone in on these questions to ask the team:What were the positives to the failed approach?What could we do differently to make it work next time?Is the benefit of trying this new tactic worth the risks involved? How can we minimize those risks?”
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Creating a positive environment where people are encouraged to try new things will benefit the company, the team and every individual, even when new attempts are not always successful. By providing the kind of leadership that celebrates mistakes in addition to the successes, you can generate the energy that will foster new ideas and keep employees engaged in delivering great results.

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Raising Strategic Agility | Efficienarta

Raising Strategic Agility | Efficienarta | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
Strattomics: Climbing to your next business Peak without attending Business School - Raising Agility, promotes broader thinking about the future of an
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In my new Strattomics iBook, there is a particular focus on shared values as one of the facilitators of more agile organisations.

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New Study: 5 Ways High-Performing Companies Manage People

New Study: 5 Ways High-Performing Companies Manage People | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
Intuition tells us that high-performing companies don’t operate like under-performers. But do you know how? Research from Oxford Economics has some answers.
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The focus on the future and inspiring employees resonated particularly strongly with me.

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Leaders Are Willing to Get Uncomfortable - Kellogg Insight

Leaders Are Willing to Get Uncomfortable - Kellogg Insight | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
Most leadership courses focus on how best to influence others—how to communicate more effectively, how to build successful teams, and how to motivate an organization to achieve a desired result.

But for Harry Kraemer, a clinical professor of strategy at the Kellogg School and author of Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership, the Dale Carnegie approach misses a crucial first step. “It actually starts one step further back,” he says. “Before I can lead others, I had better be able to lead myself.”

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The emphasis on Self reflection resonates well with me not least because of one of the earliest insights I recall from Leadership training as a RAF Officer - know yourself.  

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The Business Impact of Authentic Leadership - Entrepreneur

The Business Impact of Authentic Leadership - Entrepreneur | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
"Be yourself" has new meaning in today's workplace culture; make sure you practice it.
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We should encourage authenticity at all levels. Nothing worse in my mind than a first line supervisor with a "plastic smile"

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Values Based Leader

Values Based Leader | Leadership Values | Scoop.it
At Luck Companies we believe all human beings have extraordinary potential. And as leaders, we believe we have the ability to cultivate that potential in others, and positively impact the lives of those around us.
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