Leadership

09
Jan

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 ...

04
Jan

5 Communication Habits All Leaders Need to Motivate a Team Good communication is certainly a strong leadership trait. But what exactly does that look like? A global leadership study revealed that 85 percent of companies report an urgent need to develop employees with leadership potential. Let me echo that massive study: We are in an era with an alarming leadership shortage. As more Boomers retire and Millennials continue to increase in numbers as the largest working generation, today's companies just aren't prepared to develop tomorrow's leaders. Don't hit the panic button just yet, but I did want to raise your left eyebrow. If you're serious about leveraging leadership strength to grow your business (and you should be), then, plain and simple, develop your employees with high potential and the right people skills to move into leadership ...

21
Nov

5 Certain ways to engage employees during uncertain times When was there ever a time that wasn't uncertain? Whether we want to admit it or not, we are experiencing times of tremendous change as markets rapidly evolve and global influence becomes more prominent. It’s a time requiring us to think differently about how we lead others for the betterment of a healthier whole. As such, it demands that we revisit ways to strengthen our corporate culture, engage more authentically with our employees and neutralize the impact of uncertainty with our clients, vendors and partners. An air of change and uncertainty has been present my entire career. Every company I have worked for and venture I’ve founded and lead has been infused by constant change. I’ve always been involved in highly ...

14
Nov

The Best way to build company culture

The Best way to build company culture In the $12.2 billion merger between Marriott International and Starwood Hotels, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson sent a letter to all 180,000 Starwood associates that centered not on the business benefits of the merger, but on the cultural implications. “A big part of our people-first culture is treating people with respect and transparency,” wrote Sorenson, whose company has been on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list 18 times. “You’ll experience both as we work through this process.” When the Internet emerged in the mid-1990s, many saw it as a fad, promoted by young techies who had no idea how to run a business. Now we know that businesses that didn’t embrace the Internet early on had to catch up later. When it comes to company culture, we ...

12
Sep

Four bad habits of super-smart leaders

Some leaders are too clever for their own good While we often consider the blessings that accompany a high IQ, we seldom think of the challenges that come with extreme intelligence. Yet there are many. In my role as an executive coach, I have had the opportunity to work with more than 150 major chief executives. As a group, they would score well above the norm on any standard definition of intellectual intelligence (I am not referring to ‘emotional intelligence’, ‘artistic intelligence’ or other forms of intelligence). Although, like any group, chief executives may do stupid things, they are seldom stupid people. 1. Proving how smart we are For ten years, I had the privilege of being on the board of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation. This gave me the opportunity to spend more than ...

22
Aug

The main attributes that people look for in their leaders have not changed much in the past five years. This is the conclusion of the latest Ketchum Leadership Communication Monitor (KCLM), which has tracked global views on leadership for five years. The survey, conducted annually by public relations and marketing agency Ketchum, highlights the qualities people expect their leaders to have, overall levels of confidence in leaders and also offers some lessons for leaders seeking to improve. Which qualities do people look for in leaders?   The attribute people are looking for most is leading by example. It has taken the top spot for the past three years, and featured in the top three in 2012 and 2013. Open communication is also seen as a vital skill for leaders. It topped the list in 2012 and 2013, and ...

17
Jun

How to know if someone is ready to be a manager Perhaps it’s an art rather than a science but the ability to spot when someone is ready to manage people seems to be something that many organisations struggle with. Firstly there is the expectation that if someone is in the organisation long enough we must promote them, as they become more senior very often they gain people management responsibilities. Sadly, however a person’s ability to do their job is a very poor indicator of their ability to lead and manage people. With little flexibility on the corporate ladder, we end up forced into promoting people into management roles, not because we feel they would make a great leader but rather because that is the next step in their ‘career path’. The costs of poor managers to an organisation are huge ...

10
Jun

Engagement Under The Spotlight

HR professionals spent a few hours immersed in an insightful discussion on engagement strategies, hosted by Elysian and facilitated by top engagement expert Chris Atkinson. There was much common ground to be found amongst the HR professionals as discussions explored the impact on employee engagement caused by merger and corporate acquisitions. They felt a key challenge centred around  maintaining a consistent corporate identity and value set in the face of all of the change.     In addition to the feel good aspects, there is also a significant commercial benefit in engagement and Chris led an active discussion that explored stats and findings from the largest global research studies into employee engagement. Perks and benefits are not key levers. They are likely to lead to dissatisfaction especially if they have to be removed due to budget decreases ...

25
May

The ROI Of Improving Employee Engagement

Many leaders have spent countless hours hoping for business to return to pre-recession vitality levels. They've waited for something to rescue them from the seemingly endless challenges they’re facing on a daily basis, and wondered where the next big breakthrough is that will finally snap the economy out of the doldrums and set their organisations back onto the path of prosperity. But some leaders knew the breakthrough would come from someone, not something. These leaders tapped the resources of their employees and encouraged them to help navigate the challenges and economic uncertainty. And their organisations have weathered the bumps better than most as they positioned themselves advantageously for better days ahead. They knew the solution to more innovation, cost savings, increased profitability, organisational growth and more satisfied and loyal customers was right under their noses all along.  

25
May

  “The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men.”– Navy SEAL Creed   In the Navy SEAL teams, there are three things we must do perfectly to be effective operators: Move, Shoot and Communicate. Communication being of the utmost importance. As a leader, great communication is critical not just to provide details about the mission and vision of what you are trying to accomplish, but also to motivate, inspire and manage relationships to move people in a desired direction. When in a leadership position, we often don’t realize that the spotlight is always on us. Everything we say and do is being scrutinized, for better or for worse. By accepting both the honour and challenge of leading a team, it is important to remember that ...

27
Apr

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 ...

23
Mar

How Employee Engagement can Boost the Bottom Line With our upcoming executive seminar on employee engagement strategies, we were particularly interested in this article. As you will read, engagement is definitely not a soft subject! We still have a few places available for senior HR professionals at our event in Bristol - please see the link at the bottom of this page to learn more. If employees are an organisation’s most valuable assets, then there’s nothing more valuable than a highly engaged work force. That’s because research has proven that job satisfaction can lead to higher sales, increased productivity, lower health care and attrition costs, and can even increase share value. “When you prioritise happiness in the workplace, we've seen other [corporate] measures increase as well,” said Michelle Gielan, a partner at the San Antonio, Texas-based positive psychology consulting firm GoodThink, which ...

14
Mar

Article insight by Elysian's Chris Atkinson: Engagement is not a topic that will fade away as a short term industry fad. The research into the subject has established a long term pattern of correlation between engagement and almost every key organisational metric. This is not a subject that should only be the concern of Human Resources. If your organisation values profitability, market share, shareholder return, departmental efficiency, productivity or product/service innovation then this should be a critical board level priority subject. It is shocking that in the face of overwhelming research and statistical evidence that leaders and executive still regard this topic as ‘soft’ or ‘a nice to do’. Many of us have heard the commonplace advice to spend more time with people or adopt a coaching approach. This article gives you new ideas and perspectives to leadership practices that will drive ...