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How investing in leadership skills can help your business to grow - Business Matters

How investing in leadership skills can help your business to grow - Business Matters | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Stuart Walker from GrowthAccelerator, the service that helps ambitious businesses achieve high growth through tailored coaching and the provision of Leadership and Management training, looks at how small and medium sized businesses can improve...
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"Investing in Leadership and Management training is often cited by the businesses I work with as “the best decision we ever made" , and can add substantially to your bottom line. Not to mention make working in your business easier and nicer for everyone.

 

I say this not just because I'm a Growth Accelerator Leadership and Management trainer either. But because it's true.

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How ‘socially unskilled’ managers are denting productivity - CMI

How ‘socially unskilled’ managers are denting productivity - CMI | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Insights spoke to Sir Professor Cary Cooper, lead author on the CMI Quality of Working Life report, to find out how businesses can boost the productivity of their staff through better wellbeing
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Having poor social skills is miserable for the manager and miserable for their team. Mentoring is a another way to help managers learn these skills 'on the job' and much better than trying to do it in a classroom. 

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The ‘barrier bosses’ standing in the way of gender equality - CMI

The ‘barrier bosses’ standing in the way of gender equality - CMI | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Research from the Fawcett Society reveals recruitment managers are twice as likely to be against equality for women in the workplace than the general population
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This is pretty damning.

 

I don't have recent experience with recruitment consultants, but wonder if this is even more true in the Technology sector (it used to be). 

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Most entrepreneurs fail to delegate productively

Most entrepreneurs fail to delegate productively | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
For a few, delegating comes easily, maybe too easy. For others who are perfectionists, letting go of even the most trivial task is almost impossible.
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A good seven steps to delegating with one addition ' be prepared to mentor when required'. The article mentions mentoring, but doesn't make it a step - which it should be. Mentoring doesn't, however, mean telling them how to do it. It means being there to offer advice when required and requested. 

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Volkswagen's appalling clean diesel scandal, explained

The company went to absurd lengths to deceive the EPA about car pollution. Now it's in deep shit.
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In what world did they think they wouldn't get caught? This either shows a deep disrespect for their customers or a total disregard for the regulators. In both cases, this is truly unethical behaviour.

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TalkTalk customer data at risk after cyber-attack on company website

TalkTalk customer data at risk after cyber-attack on company website | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Credit card details may have been compromised by ‘significant and sustained’ cyber-attack on telecoms company

Via InfoBlaze
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Although it looks like a dasterdly teenager was responsible, it raises the question about securing customer data. Did TalkTalk do enough? Did they even know what risk they were running. My guess is that they didn't. Too many large organisations rely on traditional methods of security breech. They need to think much more creatively about their risk. Creativity and risk? Absolutely!

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Volkswagen's appalling clean diesel scandal, explained

The company went to absurd lengths to deceive the EPA about car pollution. Now it's in deep shit.
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If an organisation as large and trusted as VW can lie, who can trust? Is lying to your customers EVER justified?


I do wonder whether, once an organisation gets beyond a certain size, some managers and leaders lose their moral compass.

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How to Set Up Your Workplace for Successful Collaboration

How to Set Up Your Workplace for Successful Collaboration | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Here's how to make your company foster the type of collaborative environment needed for team-members to stay productive and satisfied.
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A good guide to collaboration in the office

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Time to walk the walk and change perceptions of women in IT - Business Matters

Time to walk the walk and change perceptions of women in IT - Business Matters | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The ‘I look like an engineer’ campaign that swept across social media recently reminded me of an old adage: talk is cheap.
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Why is it so surprising to find a woman in IT? I've working in IT for over 30 years and haven't yet been asked to swing through the trees beating my chest holding a coding sheet, lift a heavy computer or write code while eating a mega hot pizza (well one out of three isn't bad). 

 

When I was at school, I was almost put off studying architecture at Uni by a headmaster who told me 'girls don't design buildings'. During my career in IT, I only rarely felt it was strange that I was often the only woman in the team. No-one else seemed to think it odd that I was there. But the number of women in IT just doesn't seem to increase. It's a fascinating, clean and well paid career. So why aren't there more women?

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UK workers face challenges collaborating according to research - Business Matters

UK workers face challenges collaborating according to research - Business Matters | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Alfresco Software, a leading provider of business process management, over half of UK workers find it difficult to collaborate with their colleagues.
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According to this, people are finding it difficult to collaborate either with tech tools or face 2 face. I can understand the difficulty with using collaboration tools, as they are often overly complex or seemingly designed for techies. But face to face? 

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Research finds that businesses are drained by wasted time - Business Matters

Research finds that businesses are drained by wasted time - Business Matters | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The primary cause of wasted time during the workday is inefficient processes,
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It should be no surprise that this research found that the primary cause of wasted time during the workday is inefficient processes (50%). Even ahead of meetings (41%)! 


Although this article suggests that technology is key to improving organisational performance, it is no good if all you do is automate the processes. You need to complete rethink how you do things i.e. the solution is tech enabled business change not an 'IT project'.


And what would people do if they could get that time back? Personal development.


Lets get started then.

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How devolved management is sweeping through business - CMI

How devolved management is sweeping through business - CMI | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
As George Osborne outlines further plans to hand power out to big UK cities, we look at how managers have farmed out big decisions to their staff.
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I have a very successful client who is so good at delegating and empowering his staff, he only works 3-4 days a week. And he's an accountant!

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How Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and 5 other super-successful people deal with stress

How Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and 5 other super-successful people deal with stress | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Top execs share the biggest lessons they've learned after years of successful stress management.
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Very interesting. I'm with Jeff Bezos. Stress, for me, comes from not doing something I should as soon as I can. And if I can't do something straight away, then adding it to my to-do list is the next best thing. Then, at least, I won't forget to do it when I can!

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Meet the Startup Building Elon Musk's Hyperloop

Meet the Startup Building Elon Musk's Hyperloop | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies CEO Dirk Ahlborn thinks his approach to crowdsourcing will push the hyperloop into reality.
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As anyone who knows me knows, I am a big fan of Elon Musk. While this company isn't actually run by him, I'm betting he will not have chosen them lightly. I'll be watching this closely, as it could change how seriously the industry takes crowd funding.Not to mention being a really cool project!

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The 5 Greatest Examples of Change Management in Business History - CMI

The 5 Greatest Examples of Change Management in Business History - CMI | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
The need for decisiveness and communication, the inevitable disruption, and why you’ll probably need to break down “the old ways” for successful change management... Managers can learn a lot from these classic change management case studies.
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Hmmm. I don't have direct experience of the companies mentioned, but was involved in Y2K. My experience was that this was a huge technology molehill made into a mountain. NOT a good example of change management at all!

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4 Reasons People Quit Managers, Not Companies

4 Reasons People Quit Managers, Not Companies | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it

"To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he is going." ~Joe Namath

Recently I was involved in a vigorous debate on my Facebook page as the whether the popular saying, “people don’t quit companies, they quit managers” had any validity to it. As an employee we can all remember the horrible boss who made every day a nightmare, so we naturally see some truth in the saying from that perspective. For those of us who are leaders, however, this seems like an indictment of our competency as we have all had people quit and would hate to admit that it was because of us. The saying riled up some of those leaders who felt that most of these decisions were influenced by things out of their control. ---click to read entire post

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So true. It's too easy to blame your company for people quitting when, with a little creative thinking, you might be able to prevent it. Of course, sometimes, it may be that company policies are so constraining, that your room for manoeuver is very limited. But more often it is poor management that is the reason people go. Too many managers don't know how to manage people effectively.

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3 very common management problems - and how to avoid them

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The first two are related. It's hard to hold employees accountable if you didn't agree what they were supposed to be doing clearly in the first place. Objectives are often an arbitary wish list that bears no connection with what your organisation needs to achieve. 

 

The second two are also often related. Objectives and the development plan should be linked. Objectives should be challenging, and the development plan should be focused on helping the employee to gain the skills needed to achieve them. 

 

Get these last two right, they are much more likley to deliver. But, if not. you can have the confidence to know that you can hold them accountable. 

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, January 2, 9:15 AM

Worth reading.

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10 Lessons In Defining Your Company Values

10 Lessons In Defining Your Company Values | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Creating a Culture through Explicit ValuesValues are one of those things that can sound soft and squishy, especially in the context of a company. The reality - I have found - is actually quite the

Via Anita
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Even if this approach is not your cup of tea, do you have a better way to entrench your core values? My own view is that if you define and practice your values at the top, almost everyone else will follow on. 

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Anita's curator insight, May 16, 2013 1:18 PM

Do you know your company values?

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Excellent for future managers when establishing your company or sports management team!

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The Integrity of No

The Integrity of No | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it

Leaders often struggle with the process of saying “no” when communicating with their teams and making decisions.  

 

Some too readily say no out of fear of approving the wrong things, or because of a false sense of what it means to be in control. Some say no out of habit. Some lack a method to look at alternatives, and simply see “no” as the most convenient option.  

 

Then there’s the opposite problem. Some leaders don’t want to be perceived as negative, so they never say no. 

 

Whatever the underlying reason, obviously one can’t say yes to everything. Leaders must understand the integrity of saying no, and how to do it constructively.  Here are a few fundamentals.


Via The Learning Factor
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It's a matter of understanding and being consistent with your own values. I once said no to signing off expenses 'approved' by my boss. They did not feel reasonable to me, so I said no. It almost got me sacked. Do I regret it? Absolutely not.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 21, 2013 5:25 PM

Many leaders don't know how to say no. Others say it almost reflexively. How to get the balance right.

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12 habits of successful tech CEOs

12 habits of successful tech CEOs | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Tech CEOs share what makes them different -- the hobbies, habits and traits that influence how they run their companies
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Agree with most of these, especially being a life long learner. But not staying hands on, or at least only enough to retain your understanding of the tech. Too many IT CEOs stay too hands on and neglect their businesses!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, September 16, 2015 10:43 AM

Some interesting insights. What do you think?

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Musk reveals details of Tesla Model 3

Musk reveals details of Tesla Model 3 | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Pre-orders for the $35,000 electric car will start in March 2016
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I've test driven the Tesla S, and it was fantastic, but expensive. I'm putting my name down for the new cheaper Tesla!

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The 5 Critical Things That A Good Manager Never, Ever Delegates

The 5 Critical Things That A Good Manager Never, Ever Delegates | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. “Surround yourself with the best peopl
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Hmmm. If you take the traditional view of management, then yes I agree. But in modern management, I believe you should trust the team to be involved in many of these too. For example, a team that appreciates its own members through a flexible reward mechanism, is one that truly understands working as a team! Teamwork is about mutual trust, not doing what your manager tells you to do.

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Research: Technology Is Only Making Social Skills More Important

Research: Technology Is Only Making Social Skills More Important | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
since the ‘80s, job and wage growth has been strongest in occupations requiring both high cognitive and high social skills
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Even in these days of tech enabled jobs, I have to agree that 'since the ‘80s, job and wage growth has been strongest in occupations requiring both high cognitive and high social skills'. 


The days of getting away with just being technically competent are gone. 


For the future you need both social skills and technical proficiency. 

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The 5 Critical Things That A Good Manager Never, Ever Delegates

The 5 Critical Things That A Good Manager Never, Ever Delegates | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. “Surround yourself with the best peopl
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Not rocket science but still absolutely true. Especially don't delegate talent management to HR. 

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5 Work Stresses You Can Alleviate with Tech

5 Work Stresses You Can Alleviate with Tech | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
Your phone isn’t just there to distract you.
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Fortunately, I don't have a demanding boss or daily commute, but do recognise the other 3 stresses. Social media helps me feel like I stay in touch, but does produce more distraction! 

 

One stress not mentioned, which working from home brings, is making space between work and non work time. 

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The True Cost of a Toxic Work Environment

The True Cost of a Toxic Work Environment | Cocreative Management Snips | Scoop.it
There's a fine line between being a tough boss and fostering a toxic environment. Find out if you're crossing it and the price your company could end up paying.
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Don't underestimate this. These bosses can flatten confidence and morale fast. If your organisation is losing good people for no apparent reason - this could be the reason.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, August 22, 2015 1:37 PM

It is a fine line that is crossed way to many times in business today. Read and take the necessary steps to not have it occur in your company.

Ivan Ang's curator insight, August 25, 2015 6:04 PM

Are you perceived as Civil or Evil? As a leader, your influence will either be having a positive or negative impact on people you lead. Which will you choose?