Leadership

By Flora Spink | Leadership development articles

Four Habits That Can Transform Your Leadership

What makes leaders effective are the habits and mindsets they bring to the workplace every day.<p>As part of my research for The Science of Story and the development ProHabits - a research and personal development tool focused on habits that can transform the workplace - I've now interviewed hundreds …

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Your Strategy Has to Be Flexible — But So Does Your Execution

Peter Drucker said: “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” <i></i>This and a slew of similar maxims reflect a common view of strategy execution: that it’s distinct from strategy, harder to pull off than defining a strategy, and therefore more critical to success …

Harvard Business Review

Science Says the Best Managers Do These 6 Things Differently

Giving people credit after a job well done isn't a sign of weakness.<p>Effectively managing others is both a science and an art, just like programming or playing an instrument. Based on personality and past experiences, some people tend to naturally be stronger at leading and inspiring others. That …

Employment

These 8 Simple Rules of Leadership from Jack Welch Are More Important Now Than Ever Before

Leadership is best taught by example. Follow these eight indisputable rules directly from the playbook of the former head of GE.<p>Leadership is all about growing others. It's about your team and its welfare. It's about your direct reports and their performance.<p>Leadership is a tough act. It's a daily …

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Executives Fail to Execute Strategy Because They’re Too Internally Focused

Experts have opined for decades on the reasons behind the spectacular failure rates of strategy execution. In 2016, it was estimated that 67% of well-formulated strategies failed due to poor execution. There are many explanations for this abysmal failure rate, but a 10-year longitudinal study on …

Harvard Business Review

4 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid When Running a Small Business

Avoid these four mistakes when leading your small business.<p>We are creatures of habit. Once we have a way of doing something, we tend to stick with it because we know it works and we like that predictability. For example, I have been taking my sons to school via the same route for three years. I …

Small Business

CEOs have strikingly similar résumés — here's how to make yours look more like theirs

<b>• CEOs tend to have certain things in common when it comes to their résumés.</b><p><b>• Job site Zippia recently looked through 7 million résumés to get a sense of the top skills CEOs tend to emphasize.</b><p><b>• Many CEOs major in some business-related field, among other findings.</b><p>Want to give your résumé a boost?<p>Try …

Résumés

Why a Gen-X CEO Hired a Millennial to Help Him Keep a Learning Mindset

At age 41, I am where I want to be in my career: running my own sales-training business, with enough clients lined up that I can probably live comfortably for the next several years. But I’m in trouble. Every Gen Xer is.<p>Younger generations are quickly taking over the workforce. They’re also …

M-learning

How to Make Better Business Decisions

In 1999, Michael Schrage wrote <i>Serious Play: How the World's Best Companies Simulate to Innovate</i>. More than a decade later, the trends he identified -- including the importance of using models, simulations, and prototypes to enhance business performance -- have only intensified. "The economics of …

Business Planning

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Networking

We all know networking has the potential to dramatically enhance our careers; making new connections can introduce us to valuable new information, job opportunities, and more. But despite that fact, many of us are doing it wrong — and I don’t just mean the banal error of trading business cards at a …

Networking

CEO Evolution

Boardroom Bites<p>Offering the latest research and thinking from opinion leaders and KPMG experts to help manage complex and often unprecedented …

KPMG

2 Steps to Building Trust as a Manager

One of the most common questions I get from managers and leaders is about building trust.In most cases, they understand the importance of trust to a …

Employment

10 Tips For Improving Your Emotional Intelligence And Being A Better Leader

When I was first promoted to a leadership position, I was so proud and yet so unprepared.<p>It was my technical skills that had gotten me the job, not …

Emotional Intelligence

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Ask smart questions to motivate teams

Great leaders don’t just provide great answers to questions; they also ask great questions. You can learn so much by asking great questions, and this is an important habit to develop.<p>As well as helping you to increase your knowledge and understanding, it also makes your teams feel more involved, …

Leadership

Why mental health needs to be discussed in the Boardroom

HR Grapevine<p>HR Grapevine | Executive Grapevine International Ltd<p>HR Grapevine<p>HR Grapevine | Executive Grapevine International Ltd<p>HR Grapevine<p>HR …

Dallas

Good bosses should have unquestionable integrity, competency and humility

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's efforts in riding the nation of graft has to be complemented with the unquestionable …

Leadership

Elon Musk Says Time Management Does Not Matter (but This 1 Thing Does Big Time)

Elon Musk doesn't start his day at the crack of dawn, eat breakfast, or use fancy time management apps. This is what he does do.<p>To say Elon Musk is busy would be an out-of-this-world understatement.<p>When the billionaire innovator is not running auto manufacturer Tesla Motors, he's leading aerospace …

Time Management

Use These 7 Emotional Intelligence Tips to Be a Better Leader

Technicians are smart about machines. Leaders are smart about people.<p>There are many types of intelligence and emotional intelligence, even though it's much discussed these days, is often not displayed much in the workplace. Being able to pinpoint and manage emotions (both yours and others') is what …

Emotional Intelligence

The Secret To Delegation That Great Leaders Use Everyday

Rather than thinking of delegation as a binary issue--either you delegate or you don't--consider what it might look like on a sliding scale<p>In a prior article, I talked about the power of using the 70% rule when it comes to delegating tasks to your employees. I also discussed how you need to assess …

Leadership

The Results of Google's Team Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams

Why hiring the best and brightest might not be enough<p>It's no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company's execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But, some would be surprised to discover that this unicorn company often …

Management

Many Strategies Fail Because They’re Not Actually Strategies

Many strategy execution processes fail because the firm does not have something worth executing.<p>The strategy consultants come in, do their work, and document the new strategy in a PowerPoint presentation and a weighty report. Town hall meetings are organized, employees are told to change their …

Harvard Business Review

Want to Build A $420 Billion Company Like Jack Ma? Do This

Dead-on approach for new trends in business<p>Creating and driving a successful business isn't easy precisely because much of it is based on encouraging and inspiring employees to go the extra mile consistently of their own volition and move in sync. To do that, employees need to not only have a deep …

Leadership

How Leaders' Dark Sides Hurt Performance

Received wisdom has it that — in this age of collaboration, team work and the like — people with bright personality types are the most desired by organizations and so can expect to thrive. Indeed, this focus has been so strong that there has been little attention paid to what happens when managers …

Leadership

This 1 Leadership Trait Will Help You Get the Most Out of Your Team (and Yourself)

It's possible to establish a culture of trust in your organization, but it must start at the very top.<p>Leadership comes naturally to some entrepreneurs and small business owners, but for many others it's a role that requires constant learning, awareness and effort to be successful. Demonstrating …

Leadership

Why the Best Leaders I Know Write 'Thank You' Notes

A simple thank you note can send a powerful message to your employees and your company that you care.<p>When people talk about employee recognition, they often gravitate towards massive programs, perks, and awards. But I find the most powerful tool to recognize employees requires minutes to activate, …

Leadership

To Sound Like a Leader, Think About What You Say, and How and When You Say It

Nancy started her day feeling prepared to brief her executive team on a high-stakes project she had been working on for the past two months. She had rehearsed her slide deck repeatedly, to the point where she had every level of content practically memorized. She arrived at the meeting early and …

Leadership

Leadership 101: Google Promises to Drop Everything and Work on the World's Biggest Problem

Finally, a company with its priorities straight.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>We might not all agree about what's happening in the world right now.<p>There are problems in every corner, worries around every table.<p>Yet one company …

Sundar Pichai

What Does It Take to Lead a Successful Company? Here's What 525 CEOs Have to Say

New York Times reporter Adam Bryant spent 10 years asking questions. Here are some of the answers.<p>Running a company, department, or team is hard. Have you ever wished you could ask the most successful CEOs how they do it? Well you can't, but someone else already has--<i>New York Times</i> reporter Adam …

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