Leadership

By Flora Spink | Leadership development articles

Here’s Why Strategy Chiefs Succeed or Fail

Why is it that some companies have great heads of strategy who make an outstanding contribution to their companies, while others don’t? To answer this question, we evaluated 55 heads of strategy, and looked more closely at 11 who were particularly successful and 10 who were at the other end of the …

Business Planning

How to Stop Micromanaging and Delegate Effectively

You’ve gotten feedback from your manager as well as word of rumblings within your team: You’re seen as a micromanager who tends to get into the weeds …

Management

10 Leadership Focus Areas That Build High Performing Teams

Shape the conditions that promote teamwork and results.<p>No one person is more important than the whole team.<p>The best teams win together, learn together, adapt together, lose together, and grow together. In high performing teams, their interactions and communications are fluid, relevant, and even …

Leadership

How to Create Executive Team Norms — and Make Them Stick

Have you ever been on an executive team where things just clicked? You had a common goal, communication flowed easily, and everyone was willing to put in the long hours for a final push. Looking back, you wish you could replicate and carry forward that same secret sauce on every team, especially …

Management

The CEO of Chevron Just Gave Some Brilliant Leadership Advice. Here It Is in a Few Words

John Watson, who is retiring next month, reflects back on his 37-year journey at Chevron.<p>After 37 years working at Chevron, CEO and Chairman John Watson, who took over the helm in 2010, is hanging up his cleats and headed for retirement.<p>In a moment of transparency while reflecting back on his …

Leadership

How to Get Out of a Meeting You Know Will Waste Your Time

You can often predict which meetings will be unproductive from the moment you receive the invitation. There’s the “team update” where you spend two hours listening to a rundown of how everyone spent their week, or the “planning meeting” where you hash out picayune details that should have been …

Management

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 …

Leadership

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 …

Peter Drucker

The Best Managers Do These 6 Key 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

CEO Evolution

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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 …

Leadership

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

At CRF insightful presentation by @alec_levenson “are you just keeping the lights on....” #CRForum https://t.co/92TVB6RgqS

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

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Good bosses should have unquestionable integrity, competency and humility

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

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 …

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 5 Levels of Delegation You Need to Know to Lead Well

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 of us would be surprised to discover that this unicorn company …

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 …

Management

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 …

Innovation