The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership

The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership Have you ever had a difficult executive decision to make? This is the kind of decision where the best options aren’t obvious, the ethics aren’t clear, and the consequences could affect hundreds of people or more. How do you figure out the right thing to do? More importantly, how do you develop the habit of making better decisions, time and time again, even in difficult and uncertain circumstances? Neuroscientists and psychologists are beginning to learn what happens at moments of choice inside the human mind (the locus of mental activity) and the brain (the physical organ associated with that activity). If you understand these dynamics and how they affect you and those around you, you can set a course toward more effective patterns of thinking and action. You can ...


Common myths about performance reviews debunked

Performance appraisals are one of the most ubiquitous, and also one of the most unpopular, protocols in workplace. In fact, several companies have recently made headlines in their attempts to go about them differently. But amid these changes, how many organizations have ever taken a close look at how performance reviews actually operate in their own workplace, over the long term? My colleague Martin Conyon and I recently had the opportunity to take a deep dive to do just this, analyzing the performance appraisal data from a large U.S. corporation between 2001 and 2007. We looked at all of the scores and associated employment outcomes over these years, and what we found punctures many of the myths about performance reviews that have developed over time. Myth 1: Assessment scores don’t vary much — most ...


How to know if someone is ready to be a manager

How to know if someone is ready to be a manager When you’re hiring a new manager, the stakes are high. You need someone who can effectively lead people, manage a budget, liaise with upper management — and, usually, do it all from day one. But what if a potential hire doesn’t yet have a track record in doing all of the above? Would you hire or promote a star player into a management role if they’ve never managed anyone? To gain some perspective on how to handle this kind of challenge, I reached out to some management experts for their point of view on the skills and personalities to look for. An important thing to look for in this situation is an awareness of the nature of management. Moving into a management role ...


Shooting for the moon is a worthwhile goal if you're NASA. But as Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy explains in a recent Big Think video, the average person will probably find more success (and happiness) if they shoot for just down the block — at least at first. The biggest mistake a lot of people make in setting goals for themselves, Cuddy says, is that they focus only on the outcome, not the process. Cuddy is an expert on human behaviour and the author of "Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges." She's conducted loads of research into tiny triggers that cause us to either take pride in our accomplishments or look back on our failings with regret and disappointment. She's found that ...


3 Reasons why attitude is more important to your company than aptitude... Ideally we want to hire people with both the right attitude and the right aptitude. However, if I can only choose one of those two I will choose the person with the right attitude every time. This approach is backed up by studies which have shown that our 80 percent of our success is based on our EQ, compared to 20 percent for our IQ. This means that aptitude only accounts for a paltry 20 percent of our success. Here are three reasons why it's better to recruit for attitude, than just aptitude. 1. It's easier to train aptitude than attitude When people have the right attitude they are both motivated and adaptable which makes them more open to learning new skills. With the ...


This great article shares top snippets of career advice from people such as Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, J.K Rowling, Steve Jobs, Maya Angelou and many more. If clichés like "Follow your passion," "Give 110%," and "Be true to yourself" just aren't cutting it for you, then we've got some fresh takes on how to get a head start on your career. From "Don't work too hard" to "Relax," here's some of the best — and often unconventional — advice for you from some really successful people: Richard Branson: Never look back in regret — move on to the next thing Richard Branson's mother taught him that. "The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures, rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me," ...


Brexit: How to Support Worried Employees

Brexit: How to Support Worried Employees Keep a close eye on your staff so that post-referendum anxiety doesn't spiral out of control Employers will be facing many questions about how business is going to proceed following the referendum vote to leave the EU. Larger organisations will have already planned for the outcome and for some, in the short term Brexit may mean cuts in research and development, training, benefits and even jobs. Smaller businesses may be hard-pressed too – and face a situation made more challenging by their relative lack of resources. One thing is certain. Employees will be concerned for their jobs – in the near future and beyond – and if you are a European working in Britain you may be feeling alienated. Whatever the future brings, uncertainty is neither good for business nor ...


Having a first class degree makes people arrogant, an attorney has claimed as she revealed she gives priority to graduates with a 2:1 Sarah Perkins, a patent attorney and partner at Stevens Hewlett and Perkins, said high achieving students often lack “soft skills” including the ability to communicate with clients and process information quickly. She added that academia encourages some students “to think they can do anything because they are clever” and leads them to assume they are suited for any job. It comes as tens of thousands of university students received their degree classifications last month, with many graduates starting new jobs in September. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Ms Perkins, who achieved a 2:1 in physics at the University of Edinburgh, said: “In all my years I have been recruiting, I have singularly failed ...


When and How to Stop Doing Low Value Work

This helpful HBR article on how to give up low value work reminded me of the TED talk by Seema Bansal: How to fix a broken education system ... without any more money. Seema Bansal forged a path to public education reform for 15,000 schools in India, by setting an ambitious goal: by 2020, 80 percent of children should have grade-level knowledge. She's looking to meet this goal by seeking reforms that will work in every school without additional resources. When Bansal investigated what was going on in these under performing schools, she found a key issue was that teachers were doing low value work. Here is a guide to help YOU give up low value work: In the past, time management experts would recommend that you divide up your work into A tasks, B tasks, and C tasks. The concept was to do the A tasks ...


Do you blame your boss for your inability to get more done at work? One of my core productivity principles is to stop checking email all throughout the day, and to turn off the vibrations, dings and other notifications we get with every new message. Shelby told me, “I can’t turn off my email notifications, because my boss will think I’m not working if I don’t respond to him within five minutes.” Poorly run meetings are huge time wasters, and simple steps like starting on time, having an agenda and using a count-down clock can work wonders. Arvin explained. “But my manager is the one running them so I can’t do anything about it.” And in response to “know your one thing” Hussain said, “I’d love to identify my ‘most important daily task’ but my ...


How to Handle Your Stress So You Can Be Successful If you feel that stress is affecting your work, health and well-being, you are not alone. Here are some tips on how to de-stress that actually work. Today most of us are expected to do more with less. We lead lives that are more demanding on every front-work, family, social, health-with little time left over to unwind. Stress affects our mental health, our well-being and our performance at work. But there are ways you can help yourself. Here are seven rituals successful people use to decrease stress and find relaxation. 1. Set up your boundaries. In today's frantic world it's easy to feel pressure to be available 24 hours a day, but no reasonable person can maintain that as a way to live. The answer is ...


Balancing career with family hurt like hell - Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive of PepsiCo, recently revealed the hardships of harmonising a career and a family life. Speaking on the panel at the 2016 Women in the World Summit in Manhattan, US, Nooyi explained how she was faced with some bitter-sweet memories whilst having her office renovated. The CEO claims she found an old note written by her eldest daughter when she was five years old. It read: “Dear mom, I love you. Please come home.” “I have to remind myself of what I lost,” Nooyi said to the audience, referring to running a Fortune 500 company whilst being a mother to two young girls. She went on to say that she doesn't regret her decisions, however she admits she has suffered “heartaches” because of them, and claimed she would counsel her younger self ...


Stop Working Overtime Today

Stop Working Overtime Today A Reformed Office Martyr's Guide to Achieving Work-Life Balance I used to be that person: I had my hand in everything at the office. I took on all the projects. I stayed late. I was always drowning in an endless to-do list, and everyone knew it. I considered myself the pillar holding up the roof and keeping the lights on. I ate at my desk and wore my high billables and exhaustion like badges of honour. That’s right. I was an office martyr. What I didn't understand then is that more isn't more. Staying late and constantly piling more work on myself didn't make me more admired, give me skills to be a better marketer, or win me any friends. It just made me constantly tired and on the edge of burnout. Don’t ...