This week, I asked the MBA and Sloan students at my London BusinessSchool elective how many of them wanted to become leaders of large corporations. Looking around the room I saw that less than 15% raised their hand. Why, I asked them, were they not eager to take the reigns from the Jack Welchs and Richard Bransons of the world and lead our biggest businesses into the future? The responses were varied, but underlying this was a recurring theme: many of them simply lacked trust in today’s leadership models.
The persuasive mechanism of stories is usually emotional, not rational. Stories ordinarily move us when they tap into our feelings, not our ability to reason. Storytelling with data, when true to its purpose, however, appeals to reason, asking people to think rationally and be moved primarily by what they come to understand, not by what they feel.
A recent Gallup study proved a causal relationship between employee engagement and financial performance. Why is the outcome of this study so important? Because the results indicate we must invest in our employees to reach our financial goals.
Whether you’re a CEO or an intern, a student or a teacher, a parent or a friend, it’s almost impossible to get through an entire day without realizing you’ve made a mistake. Busy schedules and over-long to-do lists make mistakes even more likely.
If you want certainty, here it is: my surefire predictions about the future. The next two Popes won't be a woman. At least three more corporate executives will be fired for shady financial dealings. Despite best efforts, the proposed American Airlines-US Airways merger will hit points of turbulence.
Imagine corporate head honchos in thousand-euro suits, sitting cross-legged in a circle, sharing really personal stories, maybe even crying. Now picture them taking a break from their spreadsheets to paint and put on plays.