Leadership

I don't want to be a killjoy, but ... by Andrew Fox

The graph above, too small to read, shows productivity in the OECD 2007 using GDP per hour worked.  Source OECD StatExtracts.  It shows we in the UK are 11th.

Wikipedia says labour productivity, is used by many as an indicator of economic growth and competitiveness.

The HBR says, “At its most basic, productivity is the amount of value produced divided by the amount of cost (or time) required to do so.”  

Creating a Truly Inclusive Culture with Martin Kirke

We conducted a Q&A interview with Martin Kirke, Coach, Non-Exec Director, Consultant on HR, D&I and Change, around leaders, and how they can create a culture of inclusion.

From your experience, what are the attributes required from our leaders to gain their commitment to engaging our community and driving forward the diversity agenda?

It Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely At The Top by Khairul Anwar

In the past 3-4 weeks, I met some top management executives and 2 CEOs. We were discussing about innovation, culture, mindset and some latest technology stuffs. In one company they wanted to increase innovation competency, in the other they are looking for young genuine leaders to drive new digital initiatives and the next company is looking to hire innovation managers to administer their innovation projects.

We’ve always done it this way! Not! by Dr Mimi Hull

For many bosses, the employee’s transition to negativity comes for no apparent reason. However, a common complaint I hear from dissatisfied employees is that they do not get creative freedom. They suggest creative solutions that would yield better results, but get told “No.” They feel caught in the “but we’ve always done it this way” trap. Creativity is essential for your employees’ work to have meaning. With meaning, they are more engaged, which means less absenteeism, better teamwork, better service, and increased productivity. To foster creativity, try the following:

Is your HR Leadership System set up for success? by Kashmir Birk

I learned about the concept of Muri at Toyota. 

I was surprised to find that many Lean practitioners either never use it or barely pay it lip service. It is one of the most crucial lead productivity measures of all.

Muri means overburden

Muri is a Japanese word used in The Toyota Way. It means the unnecessary and unreasonable struggle in a system. Just as materials should flow seamlessly with minimum fuss and effort, the same should be true for people.

Board diversity: why 'one and done'​ is worse than none at all by Terri Simpkin

Recently, I had the pleasure of delivering a workshop for the ICSA conference in London. 

As the premier conference event for company secretaries, board and governance professionals it was an opportunity to explore how inclusion and diversity in corporate governance, in all its guises, is being addressed. It was encouraging to realise that the issue of inclusion was not a discrete topic of discussion but one that permeated many of the issues under scrutiny.

Culture eats process for breakfast by Harvey Neve

I was talking to a friend the other day and, as usual, asked how it was all going. She said it'd been busy at work, very busy in fact and for all the right reasons, but it had meant that she’d had to put an out of office on her Email to say that she may be a while responding and for people to phone if it was important. One such person, who had been waiting and chasing for a response, cheekily found a slot in her diary and chanced their arm for a chat. She accepted.

Workplace authenticity? Think again by Maree McKeown

Social media is littered with beautiful photos of happy people doing wonderful things. The pursuit of happiness has become a catchcry. Success is measured by popularity, beauty and material wealth. Thank goodness for the creation of selfie filters to tweak the imperfections!

The temptation in coaching follows a similar rhythm. Work out who you need to influence most, ensure you have the right corporate look, the outfit, the grooming, the physique. Create inspirational goals. Go on a values-driven journey to enable a happier, more successful life.…

Acquire Knowledge, Act Responsibly by Andrew Fox

We have never stopped evolving and we must never!

In my last few pieces, I have written about the slave trade, conscious capitalism and how we have to do better in the world today.  A review of history shows us so clearly how we as a race/species have evolved over the past thousands of years.  Not all of our progress has been good, wars, genocide, extinction of species, pollution etc. But we have also made progress by reducing infant mortality, expanding human rights,  education, life expectancy, technology etc.