IN GORILLA society, power belongs to silverback males. These splendid creatures have numerous status markers besides their back hair: they are bigger than the rest of their band, strike space-filling postures, produce deeper sounds, thump their chests lustily and, in general, exude an air of physical fitness. Things are not that different in the corporate world.
One of the most popular Dilbert comic strips in the cartoon’s history begins with Dilbert’s boss relaying senior leadership’s explanation for the company’s low profits. In response to his boss, Dilbert asks incredulously, “So they’re saying that profits went up because of great leadership and down because of a weak [...]
How do workers feel about the adequacy of their skills? Until now, few studies have examined their views. Today, a survey of employees is being released that provides strong confirmation of the notion that employees need better skills to do their jobs well, especially skills related to technology.
The goal of most executive coaching and leadership development is behavior change—help the individual identify and change the behaviors that are getting in the way of, and reinforce the behaviors associated with, effective leadership. But what about the beliefs and values that drive behavior?
Many job seekers are wary of personality testing. They will accept prying interviews and secretive reference checks, but baulk at having their personalities assessed. A review of studies conducted in 17…
Organizations will often use labels to such as ‘rising stars”, “fast trackers”, or “high flyers” to classify employees who are seen as promotable to the next one or two levels, or the having the capacity to grow significantly – above and beyond their current role.
Josie Gibson's insight:
Exploration of the difference between 'high potential' and 'high performing', and how people can be derailed through promotions that take them beyond their capabilities.
There are things that set leaders apart from other people. Some people are born with these characteristics. Others develop them as they improve as leaders. These are not magic bullets. They are things you can do and be if you want to be a leader.
Josie Gibson's insight:
A good summary of key traits of successful leaders.
The collision of technological disruption, rapid emerging-markets growth, and widespread aging is upending long-held assumptions that underpin strategy setting, decision making, and management. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
New research into the brain's activity during sleep has found that our minds are more active than we might think when unconscious. - New Zealand Herald. The fallacy that our brains in some way "switch off" when we go to sleep is still widely believed, but new research shows that it can still process complex external stimuli while we're asleep and even make decisions.