Management

Handling Hijackers by Jardena London

Hijackers are those people who try to take over your meeting and change the direction.  Let’s unpack why people hijack, take a look at the different types of hijackers, and then get some tips on what we can do about it.

Why do people hijack?  The most important thing I’ve learned is that people aren’t hijacking your meeting to piss you off.  They really aren’t. They also aren’t doing it because they are control freaks who want to be in charge, or want to make you look bad.   

There are a lot of reasons someone might hijack your meeting.  Here are a few:

Are You on the Hedonic Treadmill? by Roderic Yapp

One of the things that makes leadership such a tricky subject is that it is all about behaviour. It is about what you do every single day.

What you say matters but if it is undermined by your behaviour it becomes irrelevant.

This is why I am a strong believer in the concept of leadership by example.

It is the behaviour that is demonstrated by the leadership and the behaviour that they tolerate amongst their people that creates the organisation’s culture.

Digital Transformation – Watch out for these 3 gotchas by Ramkumar Viswanathan

One of the key themes was the pace of technology changes. Specifically, how does it affect organisations & its people? It brought back vivid memories of my Digital Transformation experiences. On reflection, I can definitely share three gotchas & lessons. If you are leading a Digital Transformation or being a part of one, keep an eye on these three gotchas! 

Gotcha #1: Partial digitalisation and/or digitalising bad process are not good. 

Harnessing the Power of Values to Get Buy-In by Sandie Bakowski

Organisations are shaped by the needs and demands of the eras they have travelled through. Change has always been part of a business, but the seismic changes brought by technology today means organisations need to change faster than they ever have before.

It’s not that organisations haven’t done change before – it’s just now it’s a lot faster. And to cope with change that fast, some things need to be done differently.

 

Data VS. Knowledge...A Talent Dilemma? by Jackson David

During a recent conversation with a family member about the data-age, she shared with me that she never thought there would be so much data at her fingertips -- anything and everything you could ever think of. We both agreed that no matter what “data” was available through online resources, friends, for example, nothing would take the place of experiencing first-hand what you just Googled.

The Three Drivers of Employee Engagement - Mark De Stadler

Mark De Stadler from Dale Carnegie discusses the main drivers of employee engagement. He discusses Dale Carnegie's research in this area, and the outcome which identified 3 key areas for employee engagement:

  1. Relationship with immediate supervisor
  2. Belief in senior leadership
  3. Pride in the organisation

Mark discusses how the relationship with your immediate supervisor is the most influential on employee engagement, emphasising the importance of training and developing brilliant managers to encourage your employees. 

 

Anybody Out There? by Kelly Swingler

You’re about to embark on a change programme, you’ve spent weeks or months planning the changes behind the scenes and you’ve announced the changes to your people. You’ve got a communication plan with all of the announcements, the meetings and the emails scheduled and still your people don’t seem engaged with the changes or understand the reasons for them – what’s next?

Middle Managers, extinct or heros in an Adaptive, Agile and AI world by Karen Walker

Much has been written about current middle management roles becoming increasingly irrelevant,ANZ's Digital Chief Maile Carnegie a few months ago famously referring to the 'frozen middle' who "have graduated from doing to managing and basically bossing other people around and shuffling Powerpoints", who also "resist change like death." Carnegie highlighting the importance of distributed leadership and del

The Art of Leadership in Data Analytics (Part 1) by Tim Carmichael

Data and culture have a significant part to play in the successful transformation of businesses. Tim looks at how data can be used to affect change and drive value within a business, whilst being cognizant of the culture of the business.

Tim discusses the importance of a roadmap and planning during transformation, emphasising the role of communication. He considers the most important part of communication to obtain buy-in for a transformation.

The First Challenges of Digital Transformation Leadership by Niall McKeown

The first challenges are cutting through the noise and getting to the heart of the matter. The IT sector pretend transformation is all to do with technology (usually the box of tricks they’re selling). They frequently publish blogs and articles to convince you to “transform your business by moving to the cloud”. Most mainstream IT advice will create operational efficiencies at best, but not transform the organisation.