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Only 8% of Leaders Are Good at Both Strategy and Execution

Only 8% of Leaders Are Good at Both Strategy and Execution | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
But if you’re good at one, you’ll probably get better at the other.
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GM CEO Mary Barra developed a two-word dress code for employees 

GM CEO Mary Barra developed a two-word dress code for employees  | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
When asked what men can do to improve women’s lives at work, Mary Barra gets straight to the point: “Stop making assumptions,” she tells Quartz.

As chief executive at General Motors, Barra practices what she preaches. Her management philosophy is epitomized by GM’s workplace dress code—which is equally brief, and also an antidote to the restrictive, wallet-draining policies at many large corporations. It reads, in full: “Dress appropriately.”

Having worked for GM since she was a teenager—first as a factory-floor inspector, then scaling through leadership roles in engineering and communications—Barra was well-acquainted with the automaker’s bureaucracy by the time she became vice president of global human resources in 2009, months after the company filed for bankruptcy.

Instead of immediately focusing on high-level restructuring strategy, Barra surprised her colleagues by tackling the small, seemingly inconsequential policies she knew were foundational to company culture. Her first battle: The dress code.


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David Hain's curator insight, April 18, 3:24 AM

A good way to signal culture change is through symbols. Seemingly 'small' things can have a disproportionately large impact.

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5 Lessons In Leadership From The Modern Millennial Women

5 Lessons In Leadership From The Modern Millennial Women | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
The "shero" is a female leader who is revolutionizing leadership. Learn these 5 lessons in leadership from today's millennial sheroes.
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Stress Leads to Bad Decisions. Here’s How to Avoid Them

Stress Leads to Bad Decisions. Here’s How to Avoid Them | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it

Step back and look for more options.


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11 Leadership Guidelines for the Digital Age

11 Leadership Guidelines for the Digital Age | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it

The old ways of running a company won’t cut it in a digital world The old ways of running a company won’t cut it in a digital world.

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Untangling your organization’s decision making | McKinsey 

Untangling your organization’s decision making | McKinsey  | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
The ultimate solution for many organizations looking to untangle their decision making is to become flatter and more agile, with decision authority and accountability going hand in hand. High-flying technology companies such as Google and Spotify are frequently the poster children for this approach, but it has also been adapted by more traditional ones such as ING (for more, see our recent McKinsey Quarterly interview “ING’s agile transformation”). As we’ve described elsewhere, agile organization models get decision making into the right hands, are faster in reacting to (or anticipating) shifts in the business environment, and often become magnets for top talent, who prefer working at companies with fewer layers of management and greater empowerment.

As we’ve worked with organizations seeking to become more agile, we’ve found that it’s possible to accelerate the improvement of decision making through the simple steps of categorizing the type of decision that’s being made and tailoring your approach accordingly. In our work, we’ve observed four types of decisions

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4 useful categories of decisions require different approaches.

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4 useful categories of decisions require different approaches.

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10 Principles of Organizational Culture

Companies can tap their natural advantage when they focus on changing a few important behaviors, enlist informal leaders, and harness the power of employees’ emotions.
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3 Ways to Shift from Transactional to Transformational Leadership

3 Ways to Shift from Transactional to Transformational Leadership | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost leadership in our organizations, political structure, schools and communities. This has had a trickle down effect into our personal and professional lives. When we…
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Five Skills To Help You Pioneer The Shift Toward Transformational Leadership

Five Skills To Help You Pioneer The Shift Toward Transformational Leadership | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
The old paradigm of barking instructions at and giving orders to others is being replaced by a movement toward transformational leadership.
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How Can You Spot a Really Good Leader? They Do Any of These 7 Things Daily

How Can You Spot a Really Good Leader? They Do Any of These 7 Things Daily | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it

Can you imagine working for someone in a high-level leadership role, perhaps a CEO, and suddenly it dawns on you: This person isn't leadership caliber.

Your next thought may be, How in the world did he (or she) make it this far up the ladder?

It's a fair question. People are promoted into leadership roles every day who have no business belonging there.

Sometimes it's political; other times it's the easier choice--promote from within and avoid the high cost of recruitment--but a bad choice, nonetheless.

The biggest challenge leaders face is performing to the set standards of the best in the business. This means raising the bar really high--as the ten hugely successful CEOs I wrote about recently have done.

In the end, you'll find the leadership journey is predicated on two things that drive success: Results and relationships. You can't have results at the expense of people. And serving your tribe well without getting results is merely putting lipstick on a pig.


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 24, 2017 1:00 AM
I guess this says it all! Leadership is not everybody's cup of tea! The biggest challenge faced in leadership positions is to perform to a very high set of standards.However, all is not lost for those who are struggling with leadership roles, as they can always make use of some of the tips given in this article!
 
Susan Claudia Freeman's curator insight, April 24, 2017 11:49 AM
There are remarkable differences between LEADERS and MANAGERS...
 
Lisa Gorman's curator insight, April 25, 2017 12:23 AM

www.inc.com provide us with some useful ideas here about what 'really good' leaders to at work.  I've been thinking about the strategies offered; 1. giving feedback 2. regular team planning sessions 3. conducting stay interviews 4. recognition & appreciation 5. freedom to make decisions 6. allowing people to take on new responsibilities 7. open-door policy.  All of these rely on the fundamentally critical technical skill of being able to give and receive feedback and the heart-connected qualities that allow people to thrive because you want them to do their best.  For me, really good leaders empower people to succeed.  Allowing freedom is great, but to do this without building trust and sound relationships first, could be an action taken too soon. Interesting topic!  

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This Coach Tells You What All Great Leaders Know

This Coach Tells You What All Great Leaders Know | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
As Andy Williams crooned, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." No, I'm not talking about Christmas. I'm talking about March Madness! I'm a big fan of college basketball and the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is like Christmas in March. There are always underdogs upsetting the established favorites and feel-good stories of players overcoming…
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The leadership manifesto: developing leaders at all levels

The leadership manifesto: developing leaders at all levels | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it

Thee concept and nature of leadership has probably never been more debated than it is now. Last year saw Theresa May take over as PM in the UK after David Cameron stepped down, while the US elected a new President  - where his opponent criticised him for having no prior political experience.
 
The debate around leadership looks set to continue. Trump’s inauguration dominates headlines, Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister has resigned, meaning an assembly election is inevitable, and the French Presidential elections are set for May.

These political upheavals have repercussions across the world of business. Redrawing the next 12 months and beyond will present uncertain and potentially challenging times, but businesses who are themselves able to ensure they have trustworthy, capable and confident leaders in place will be able to navigate this uncertainty and even thrive.

  


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Memo to the CEO: Are you the source of workplace dysfunction? 

We human beings have a penchant for denial and delusion. We’re often clueless about our flaws, and when we do admit shortcomings, we underestimate their severity and negative impact. Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman believes the curse of overconfidence is the most destructive of human biases. We are prone to developing distorted and overly positive self-images—and to deny, disregard, or never notice negative information about ourselves. For most of us, coming to grips with when we act like jerks, or encourage others to do so, requires overcoming some mighty potent predilections.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 25, 3:43 AM

The jerk factor! It's apparently not so difficult to become one...

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Doing strategy - how adidas is creating the new

Doing strategy - how adidas is creating the new | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
Explore how adidas has aligned its people strategy with its business strategy and the interesting results that have come from it, with this article from Nichola
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A Survey of How 1,000 CEOs Spend Their Day Reveals What Makes Leaders Successful

A Survey of How 1,000 CEOs Spend Their Day Reveals What Makes Leaders Successful | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it

In new research, we use survey data from over 1,000 CEOs across six countries and the financial performance of their companies to explore these questions. And our evidence suggests that hands-on managerial CEOs are, on average, less effective than leaders who stay more high-level.

 

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Apple CEO Tim Cook's Email to Employees Displays His Brilliant Leadership IQ on Hurricane Harvey Crisis Management

Apple CEO Tim Cook's Email to Employees Displays His Brilliant Leadership IQ on Hurricane Harvey Crisis Management | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
In the wake of a crisis, leaders have to take charge and mobilize their organizations.
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Leaders really are made and not born

Leaders really are made and not born | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it

Do you remember that executive who was such a natural? She never seemed stressed, always knew the right thing to say, delivered good results consistently. A born leader, right? Just had the right genes for leadership from the start.

Remember that other boss you had? He was rubbish. Not much point trying to fix him. He just wasn’t a leader.

 

That’s how it looked. But it wasn’t true.

My company’s research from multiple fields, as diverse as neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to form and reorganise synaptic connections, especially in response to learning experience or following injury) and musicology, shows that skills are not as innate as we naturally believe.

And that applies to leadership just as much as any other capability.


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Leaders are not born. They are learning a craft, one which takes a whole career to master. The ‘best’ leaders are not those who are most skilled, but rather those who are most committed to self-improvement.

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11 Types of Strategic Maturity: Which One Describes Your Company?

11 Types of Strategic Maturity: Which One Describes Your Company? | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
A quick interactive diagnostic tool shows whether your strategy is coherent, how well it stacks up against your competitors, and how you can improve it.
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Find Your Strategic Leaders

Most companies lack people in positions of power with the experience and confidence required to challenge the status quo.
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Distortions and deceptions in strategic decisions | McKinsey & Company

Companies are vulnerable to misconceptions, biases, and plain old lies. But not hopelessly vulnerable.
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13 Reasons Why You Need To Develop Everyones Leadership Skills

Leadership is often the difference between success and failure
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Making Virtual Teams Work: Ten Basic Principles

Making Virtual Teams Work: Ten Basic Principles | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
How to build the foundation for superior performance.
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Four Essential Leadership Ladders

Four Essential Leadership Ladders | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
Leadership ladders are about leaving individuals and place better than before. In family, self, organization, and community, leadership ladders matter.

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Don't Let Your Best Employees Get Away With Causing Drama

Don't Let Your Best Employees Get Away With Causing Drama | Leadership & Strategy | Scoop.it
Every employee has flaws, and a good boss should recognize them.
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