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09
Mar

How Important is Engagement?

87% of Leaders Say a Lack of It is a Key Issue I never cease to be amazed at how hard it is for talent managers to get their hands around the issue of employee engagement. And, a new study from Deloitte titled Global Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the New World of Work tells you exactly why. According to the just released survey of more than 3,300 HR and business leaders in 106 countries, lack of employee engagement is the top issue currently facing a whopping 87 percent of HR and business leaders, and that’s up from 79 percent last year. In addition: • The number of HR and business leaders who cited engagement as being “very important” doubled from 26 percent last year to 50 percent this year. • Some 60 percent of ...

09
Mar

Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

     ...How to Know for Sure When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success. Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that 90% of top performers have high emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behaviour, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions to achieve positive results. Despite the significance of EQ, its intangible nature makes it ...

26
Feb

“We’re all afraid of him; he walks around, sees something that sets him off … it gets so tense – to the point where no one wants to even talk. It’s getting harder to come to work” This is a scenario that many of us regrettably have experienced at some point in our working lives. Unreasonable treatment in the workplace now affects just under half of the British workforce and impacts not only on the individual victim but also on the business and family environment in which they work and live in.  What is Workplace Bullying? Put simply, work based bullying is the abuse of power, whether real or assumed, over another which can take the form of actual physical violence; verbal threats; intimidation; humiliation; prevention of career advancement or the belittling ...

11
Feb

In this article, industry experts from an on-line discussion offer their top five tips on the qualities that university leaders need to be effective. Covering areas such as communication, trust, fairness and recruitment. Photo Credit: uowresearch via Compfight cc 1) Communicate a clear vision "A lot depends on where your university is and what you want the vice-chancellor to do. Do you need more student recruitment? Do you need more research grant money? So often the university's strategic plan says things like, 'Be the best world-leading university at, er, everything.' Well, sorry, but we don't believe you. Some universities – I am thinking De Montfort, Coventry, or Sheffield – have strategic plans you can actually believe, and at least one of those universities have linked the vice-chancellor's pay explicitly to whether ...

02
Feb

The Best Jobs For Every Personality Type The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test, which measures preferences like introversion and extroversion, has been part of business culture for decades. Today about 80% of the Fortune 500 and 89 of Fortune 100 companies use it to analyse the personalities of employees, in an effort to get them in the right roles and help them succeed. To determine five of the best jobs for every personality, Business Insider consulted one of the most popular personality guides, "Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type." While the list below is in no way definitive — and personality preferences can be flexible over time — it may serve as a helpful guide for understanding yourself and what sort of personalities gravitate toward certain jobs. Figure out which type suits you best, ...

29
Jan

Reflections on a Metaphorical Gauntlet

It seems like only yesterday that we were challenging our newsletter readers to set themselves career goals and achieve success with the support of our goal-setting toolkit - Get Set GO! (Which is now available for download as a handy e-book from the learning hub). It is mind-blowing to realise that that particular challenge was laid down twelve months ago! I wonder how successful you were? My hope is that, no matter whether you missed, met or exceeded your goal expectations, you at least had fun and learnt something about yourself and those around along the journey. Well let me say that, as a company, Elysian is not one to shy away from a challenge and as we were the ones to throw down that particular shiny gauntlet we could hardly back away now could we? So, we also ...

29
Jan

When Can Innovation and Hierarchy Co-Exist?

Designing an innovative organization doesn't necessarily mean a “flat” organization. We tend to believe that innovation and hierarchy are antithetical, but in truth, innovation often thrives in hierarchical organizations. Here are the key ingredients to an innovative organization, whether hierarchical or not. The Internet: A Democratic Utopia: We tend to believe that hierarchy kills innovation and creativity. This is particularly true for organizations that design and build technology. The cultural heritage of the Internet is one that implicitly values a utopian vision of anti-authority. The initial plans for ARPANET explicitly included a commitment to the open architecture concept, with “no global controls at the operations level” (Leiner, 1998). In other words, those that designed the Internet designed it explicitly to have no central authority. This decentralized structure connoted a sense of democratic ...

18
Dec

Marketing E-Mail Received: Dear Chris, I have some important news for Managing Directors, Business Owners and Chief Executives. A new report has been written called “How to get every employee in your company to think like YOU”. I received this marketing flyer some time back and it might sound tempting as you experience the challenges of dealing with others who essentially DON’T think like you! It is, in fact, a fast growing trend in industry. The rapid popularisation of NLP over the last decade has been accompanied by various claims that on the surface could be desirable. A short internet search revealed articles and videos titled “How to make people do whatever you want, NLP mind control Convince People, Easily and quickly persuade anyone to do anything” and “10 Ways to Protect Yourself From NLP Mind Control”. Importantly it makes sense in these times ...

12
Dec

In 1932 Dale Carnegie published a book called How to Win Friends and Influence People.Today, it's sold 13 million copies. Most people read it and think: “That's interesting”, then shut the book and forget all about it. But I heard a story about Warren Buffett, one of the world's most successful investors. Apparently, he’s fascinated by it. So much that he decided to do a statistical analysis of what happened if he followed Dale Carnegie’s rules - and what would happen if he didn't. He tried giving some people attention and appreciation, and then others nothing. Sometimes he would be deliberately crabby, just to see what happened. He tracked all his results. What he found was that the numbers proved Carnegie's theory - the rules in the book worked! I love this story because sooner or later as a ...

02
Dec

Leadership in Turbulent Times I know as much about change, turbulence and failure as I do about success. I did not start my career aspiring to run a steel company, nor did I plan to be a rather relentless breaker of barriers in business and in the community at large. What I have studied, what I have learned, and what I have lived in my journey and through the journey of my clients has given me a perspective that is resoundingly counter-intuitive because it is not focused on playing to strengths, but on using strengths, changes, challenges, stressors (even failures) as a lever for our greatest potential and results.Science confirms that our ability to inspire, empower and actualize our potential has never been greater; remember this, empower it, use it! Neuroscience ...

26
Nov

I failed...     In this short interview, author and guru Daniel Goleman interviews CEO Bill George who reveals insights into being successful in business. In fact, he says, 'Don’t promote someone to a high-level position until they've actually confronted themselves and said, “I failed.” At the end, Daniel invites you to 'weigh in' asking 'How did you handle an interview question about your past job failures?' This is a great chance to share your insights with him on LinkedIn. When former Medtronic CEO, Bill George, interviewed leadership candidates, he was interested in learning about both their failures and successes. After all, everyone has made mistakes on the job. But in George's mind, the best leaders are humble enough to recognize that they messed up, learn what not to do in the future, and develop resilience.

25
Nov

Dr. Travis Bradberry outlines some great ways people can use to stay calm in this informative article: The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we've found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. Stress can wreak havoc on one’s physical and mental health (e.g. A Yale study found that prolonged stress causes degeneration in the area of the brain responsible for self-control). The tricky thing about stress (and the anxiety that comes with it) is that it’s an absolutely necessary emotion. Our brains are wired such that it’s difficult to take action until we feel at least some level of this emotional state. In fact, performance ...

24
Nov

13 Key Elements of a Great Strategy

An effective strategy is critical to business success - it allows you to evaluate where you want your company or project to go and how in order to ensure you are relevant in the marketplace. In this poster, Frank Sonnenberg lays out 13 elements of a great strategy which would be great to use as a check-list...   1. Objective - Is the objective clearly defined, and is it based on a realistic view of the marketplace? 2. Knowledge - Is the strategy based on superior knowledge of your customer, marketplace, and competition and a realistic assessment of your own capabilities? 3. Initiative - Does the strategy enable you to set the pace in the field and jump ahead of the competition? 4. Mass - Are you focusing your efforts in those areas that provide the ...

05
Nov

Learning to Communicate Like a Leader

In this article for Mind Tools, Editor, Sarah Pavey discusses her key take away learning points from Leadership Connections. Photo Credit: Matt Fenlon On one of the last sunny days in October, in the shadow of Brunel’s ss Great Britain, speakers, delegates and Elysian Training team members gathered to take part in the “Leadership Connections” event. I consider myself lucky to have been part of this, as I don’t tend to think of myself as a “leader.” Sure, I manage freelancers and team members, but I don’t presume that I'm someone people want to follow… yet. Over the course of the day, there was one theme that stood out for me: the importance of communication in leadership. Here’s why... Read the full article here >>  

30
Oct

The Power of a Great Leadership Event

This guest post by Irene Becker shares her reflections, features and benefits on the Leadership Connections Event - October 2014. Reflections The audience at Leadership Connections was most committed, enthusiastic leadership audience I have ever addressed. My experience attending and giving a keynote at Leadership Connections UK will remain a career highlight because the commitment to leadership excellence and the participation of the Elysian Training team who planned the event and those attending were memorable. Yes, in a country where reserve and decorum are often seen as part of the cultural fabric, the whole room of leadership delegates were so enthusiastic, so participative that after three hours of conference attendance that they took me aback when doing an exercise I call the Leadership ROAR.

28
Oct

Voyage in Search of a New Empire

Reflections on Leadership Connections - Bristol, October 3, 2014 “Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.”  Publilius Syrus                           Isambard Kingdom Brunel was recently named as the second greatest Briton in a BBC poll. What developed into his mission in life, to develop mechanisms to carry people via mass transit across the globe, started as a teenager when he worked on the Thames Tunnel with his father. He died at the age of 53, leaving behind an astonishing portfolio for such a short timespan. Despite being burnt, broken and buried under his various constructions, nothing stopped Brunel. He built under rivers and through hills, creating the longest tunnels, the biggest bridges and the speediest ships the world had ever seen. So it seemed ...

21
Oct

Training Zone October Podcast

The TrainingZone podcast - October 2014 by Trainingzone on Mixcloud In this month's podcast from Training Zone, Jon welcomes Jamie back to the hot seat as they discuss HR Tech Europe, next year's L&D, alignment and leadership no-no's. Elysian Training's Chris Atkinson is this month's guest giving practical tips and insights for Leaders live from 'Leadership Connections' at the ss Great Britain. N.B. Chris' interview starts at 18 minutes.

15
Oct

50 Insane Mistakes Companies Make

This snappy article by award-winning author Frank Sonnenberg, lists 50 mistakes companies make. It’s better to learn from mistakes that other companies make, than from your own. Which of these do you recognise in your business?   See the first 10 here: 1. Holding meetings for the sake of holding meetings. 2. Adopting a compensation plan that no one understands. 3. Copying the competition, yet expecting to surpass them. 4. Treating employees as a cost rather than as an asset. 5. Failing to reprimand unethical behaviour for fear of short-term consequences. 6. Increasing executive compensation while cutting employee salaries. 7. Trying to “fake” the ability to deliver a service. 8. Introducing a new technology without teaching employees how to use it. 9. Valuing a one-time sales transaction over a lasting customer relationship. 10. Promoting a person with good ...

15
Jul

Get set GO! How to Motivate Yourself with Rewards

Celebrate the little things - Motivation by reward If you are currently taking action towards achieving a goal, it is important to congratulate and reward yourself for the positive progress you make. Reinforcement and support help maintain positive steps toward change. This final article in Get set GO! series gives tips on how to motivate yourself to achieve your goals with extrinsic rewards. Begin with why Why reward yourself? When we first start something new there is a learning curve and a degree of trial and error to be expected. Being ready for the inevitable failures and celebrating success is important so we overcome these early challenges. When taking action towards achieving a significant goal in your life, you will frequently be pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Challenging yourself like this on a regular basis can be hard going and ...