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Creating a Culture of Learning in your Team – Essential Beliefs

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” -Alvin Toffler Part 1: Essential Beliefs It is essential that you create a culture that promotes and encourages learning in your team and your organization, at both individual and collective levels. To do this effectively, you need to have the right beliefs to begin with, ensure your behaviors are aligned with these beliefs, and take specific actions that demonstrably promote learning and growth in your team and/or the wider organization. This process or journey begins...

How to Be a Better Leader Without Spending Anything

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Transformational Leadership |

I have the pleasure of working with companies that have significant learning budgets and are willing to spend deep on leadership development activities. Of course not every company has big pockets and certainly individual who want to be better leaders won’t have the money or access to the resources that Fortune 500 companies do [Tweet “#GoodNews: You can develop leaders without spending anything! #HRBlog #HR”] So I decided to put together a list of leadership development opportunities that you could do by yourself without any need for money! 1. Become a Coach I’ve think the best way...

3 Ultimate Skills Every Executive Coach Needs for Leaders

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Transformational Leadership |

My executive coaching activities have suddenly gained significant traction over the past year. I’m elated firstly because I enjoy making an impact and helping people and secondly because more and more executives are finally seeing coaching for what it truly is: an opportunity to get insights from someone who isn’t vested, other than in the best interest of the individual, to open minds, someone who holds up a mirror and pushes them beyond his/her comfort level. I’m currently coaching a number of people. Some are part of a specific executive coaching assignment, others are part of a...

The Truth About Leading a Startup Company – It’s Even More Confusing Than You Think

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Transformational Leadership |

Leading a large company, division or department isn’t easy. However I promise you that it doesn’t compare to the challenges of leading a startup company to success. Limited cash, talent, time, untested business models, technology, customer needs – everything needs to be acquired.  Some startups pull it off and enter the ‘Whatsapp’ zone of billion dollar valuations. Other fall by the way-line or are overtaken by faster, nimbler and smarter competitors. Leading a startup company isn’t for everyone. To succeed you of course have to first have a billion dollar idea. However...

How to Encourage Healthy Conflict in Your Teams

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Transformational Leadership |

I’ve talked numerous times about the importance of creative conflict to improve the performance of teams or organisations. We all know that there are benefits to creative conflict and constructive critism; Hawkeye consulting lists the following 6 benefits of constructive conflict for teams and organisations: Increased participation in decision making Better information Better choices Reduces anxiety Encourages collaboration Increases understanding Despite all these benefits the ‘state of creative conflict’ in the workplace is dismal. 85% of managers in a recent survey across America...

5 Simple Steps for Line Managers to Achieve Employee Engagement

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018 in Transformational Leadership |

How often have we not heard the famous Marcus Buckingham sentence: People don’t leave companies they leave managers? The fact that Google spits out 330 million search results for that sentence proves that it’s true.  The Corporate Leadership Council in their landmark report ‘Engaging the Workforce’ also identified that line managers have the biggest impact on employee engagement. The reason for this is pretty straightforward: No one can influence motivation, sense of belonging and emotional well-being  as much as the boss. [Tweet This] Of course, it’s not just the line managers...

Innovation Leadership – 3 Practices You Need to Let Go Of

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Transformational Leadership |

There are endless articles and books on innovation leadership – about how the mix of different leadership styles are used to create better teams and organizations. And of course there’s no arguing the concept. But today, I’d like to approach the topic from a different angle, by identifying all the legacy habits that so many leaders, especially those in Asia and other frontier markets just have a hard time letting go of. 1. Autocratic Leadership I believe that one change we’ll see in leadership studies in the next ten, maybe twenty years is the elimination or at least...

How to Use Your Strategy Stories to Motivate Team Alignment

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in Transformational Leadership |

You’ve got your strategy, every body is excited, you’ve got a purpose that everybody can connect to, you’ve identified a number of clear and bold moves, you feel you can live up to your strategy and now …finally … you can’t wait to engage and share it with the rest of the organisation! (Or if you’ve missed, the rest of the series, start by knowing the Right Questions to Ask!) However before you do that, I would like you to do one more thing and that is to answer the following question: “If we accomplish only one thing during the next 12 months and be able, with any credibility,...

3 Effortless Communication Secrets of a Leader

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Transformational Leadership |

I’ve been known to tell many people that confidence is the key to landing your dream job. Personally, I believe that conviction in your personal communication skills makes up at least 80%, if not more of that overall confidence. In countries, where English is usually the second and often the third language, communication skills is something that most Westerners take for granted. So, let’s look at some tips to communicate like a leader. It’s not about whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, whether you speak English with an accent or not – it’s about how well you’re able to groom yourself to speak...

5 Ways to Stop Leadership Teams from Self-Destruction

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Transformational Leadership |

Building high performing teams is one thing, building high performing leadership teams is a completely different kettle of fish! If you’ve worked anywhere near a leadership team before, you know that getting the synergies of key thinkers aligned is a pretty difficult task. So how do you build high performing leadership teams? Your first understand why they’re inherently on the path to self-destruction. The 6 Steps of Self-Destruction Let’s first identify why leadership teams are different from ordinary teams. There are many reasons but the ones that stick out for me are: 1. Most executives are...

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