Leadership

Led Right & Grew by Shea Heaver

The fact that you are here today reading this, is proof that (at various stages throughout your life) significant people helped guide you along the appropriate path resulting in you becoming a better person.

From early years, through troubled teens, seemingly endless college days and now the world of work, we all grew personally and professionally because we were led the right way by parents, relatives, teachers, peers, managers and various other mentors.

Employee Engagement 101

When engagement is a key component of a company’s approach to success, it can deliver high value to business and people-related objectives—from financial performance—to greater employee happiness, productivity, retention, and more. Understanding what drives employee engagement—and how to measure it effectively—helps organizations identify and meet their employees’ needs at work.

Read on to learn about the benefits of employee engagement, what drives engagement, and how leaders can measure and improve employee engagement across the enterprise.

Contextual change matters, it rips the heart out of standardised leadership models by Kashmir Birk

Benchmarking of leadership traits are very useful in operational, supervisory level roles where processes are repeatable and reliable.

Model based approaches to assessment and development at the executive level may well be convenient for management consultants, sellers of leadership assessments who need you to buy into their standardized approaches, but at what cost? When the rude awakening of a competitive market shift, regulatory or political change or unanticipated strategic risk surfaces, they will not be accountable for picking up the pieces, you will.

Creating Collaborative and Happy Workplace by Mike Orlov

Is your workplace chronically chaotic, a ferocious place riven with conflict? Is it a command and control environment, threatening to you and your colleagues thanks to others’ coercion and Machiavellian-powered collusion? Are you in a defeated-culture, where everyone is looking at compromise – a sad race to the bottom? Or is it a workplace powered by collaboration and consensus? Is it a happy work workplace?

It's not about you by Jardena London

We have talked about being of service in prior posts, today I want to take it a step further and talk about seeing the system.  For our techie friends, we don’t mean computer systems or apps, we are talking about the dynamics at play, the situational system.  Perhaps an example will help.

It’s not about you.  Suppose your boss shuts down your idea.  You don’t understand why your boss shut it down. 

  • Maybe your boss is too stupid to recognize your great idea.  

  • Maybe you didn’t communicate it effectively.  

Attitudes, Behaviours and Habits Drive Leadership Competencies by Mike Orlov

To be a competent-leader, you need great management-capabilities as well as outstanding attitudes and consistent-behaviours.

There are those who believe it just is not possible to change someone’s attitudes and behaviours. If someone has bad attitudes, then this is something they are going to live with all their life. And bad attitudes will mean poor behaviours and terrible habits.

Systems Thinking and Behaviour Change by Roderic Yapp

This will be the fifth and final article that I am going to write on the subject of resilience. The first three articles attempt to understand the problem from a mental and physical perspective. The fourth article talks about the value of goals, purpose and presence in giving us focus. A focus is essential in helping us to endure life’s challenges and ups and downs.

How to succeed in your career in tech: a female perspective by Nadine Thomson

I recently chaired a panel interviewing inspiring women from different countries and backgrounds who have become recognised technology leaders in their fields. There was a lot of collective wisdom about how these women had navigated their careers and succeeded in becoming technology leaders. Here are three highlights from our conversation with the talented Sabah Carter, CIO of News Corp, Judith van de Pas, CIO of Shell Retail and May Yap, Global CIO of Jabil.

Career paths are not linear