Leadership & Governance

By gerardvanvliet | Trails, Treasures, Tools, Tricks, Tips for Leaders

How Royal DSM Is Improving Its Geographic and Gender Diversity

With the recent spate of firms in the news over sexual harassment allegations and charges of gender bias, it is obvious that an issue many in business had thought was “done” is instead far from finished. Fostering corporate cultures which make half your employees feel somewhere between unengaged …

Diversity

How to Become a More Well-Rounded Leader

For years, when I spoke with CEOs or senior leaders, it was because they were interested in how my consulting firm could help their employees become more engaged, or innovative, or sustainably high-performing. During the past year – and especially the past six months – I’ve been hearing a different …

Leadership

Here's How The Business Community Is Supporting Diversity And Inclusion

We often talk about the role of the “business community” in building a better society. Here's how we start<p>It’s almost been a year since I found myself ― like the rest of the country ― gripped by the shooting deaths of black men in Baton Rouge and St. Paul, and of five police officers in Dallas.<p>I …

Diversity

5 Practices To Make You A Greater Leader And Manager

What are five practices you should have as a great manager?<p>The differences between being a great manager and being a great leader may not seem vast at first glance. There is, however, a delicate balance at play between the two, and in order to become greater at both you have to understand their …

Leadership

Lessons From Business Leaders On How To Transform Your Enterprise

According to Jeff Bezos, “My view is there’s no bad time to innovate.” This practice of constant innovation has helped Amazon quickly capture market share in many seemingly unconnected industries. As Amazon has taught us, the winners in today’s economy have one thing in common: they are always …

Leadership

Three Steps To Becoming A More Transparent Leader

Business leaders like to use buzzwords like “transparency” and “clarity” when describing their communication style. But lip service aside, very few leaders actually practice transparent communication within their organization or with their customers and clients—often to the detriment of the …

Leadership

'Dunkirk' Reminds Leaders That Words Can Inspire A Nation

<i>Rolling Stone</i> calls “Dunkirk” the greatest war movie ever. Director Christopher Nolan has made a film that’s “stunning and stirring,” according to the review. Nolan was captivated by the “Dunkirk spirit” that marked the massive and heroic World War II rescue that took place from May 26 to June 4, …

Winston Churchill

Older Workers Are More Easily Distracted---And That's A Good Thing

Do you get easily distracted at work or feel less consistently focused on the job than you used to? Not to worry. It turns out distractibility may be a good, and unappreciated, phenomenon of older workers.<p><b>The Value of Being Distracted at Work</b><p>A review of over 100 studies published in the Trends in …

The Workplace

How to Make Agile Work for the C-Suite

Many companies are attempting a radical — and often rapid — shift from hierarchical structures to more agile environments, in order to operate at the speed required by today’s competitive marketplace. Companies like ANZ, the Australian-based banking giant, have made explicit commitments to adopt …

Management

These Five Tricks Will Help You Finally Complete Your To-Do List

If your long list of projects and tasks is leaving you overwhelmed, these methods will help you finally get things done.<p>Ah, to-do lists. The bane of our existence, the source of our stress and occasionally the symbol of our triumph. OK, I’m being a little dramatic–but those of us who’ve abided by …

Time Management

15 Must-Read Business Books on Leadership and Personal Development in the Last 5 Years

Science and positive psychology point the way to the future of leadership.<p>The problem with producing any "top" business book list is the elimination process. Over the last five years, there have been numerous publications by top authors worthy of mention.<p>For this list, I have focused heavily on …

Leadership

Mastering the 'Power of the Pause' Will Make You an Exceptional Public Speaker

Are you a speed talker or a slow speaker? Either way, the most success comes when you learn the power of the pause.<p>Silence can speak louder than yelling. If you really want to be heard, if you want to enhance your leadership skills to the next level, learn the power of the pause.<p>The pause was …

Leadership

10 Easy Ways Time Crunched Executives Can Mentor Future Leaders

Reaping the powerful benefits of mentorship for your team is easier than you think.<p>Senior executives are often too busy to mentor their future leaders. This turns out to be a missed opportunity to retain and develop top performers. It can be done in less time and more cost effectively than most …

Leadership

Smart Leaders Know the Difference Between Complex and Complicated. Do You?

The default mindset of leaders sets them up for failure. This b-school professor explains how to fix it.<p>You probably use the words 'complex' and 'complicated' interchangeably. Most of us do. Heck, most dictionaries use complex to define complicated and vice versa. There's just one problem: If …

Leadership

Mapping the Organizational Political Terrain

Top Dogs, Gatekeepers, Gurus, and Players<p>Are new ideas welcomed by your organization, institution, or group? Or are new ideas greeted with suspicion? Think about your idea in the context of the power dynamics of your organization. Are key stakeholders threatened by your idea? Why? Do they like your …

Management

This 1 Habit Is the Key to Mental Toughness in a High-Stress Job

What you're doing in the moments after a stressful encounter is affecting your ability to fall asleep hours later, at night.<p>You're in your dream job and on track to meet the biggest goal of your career. All you have to do is keep going, non-stop for another year.<p>But there's a problem. For about a …

Employment

10 Memorable (and Professional) Networking Conversation Starters

These ice breakers aren't just effective, easy and fun; they're also totally work appropriate.<p>Science shows that swapping more substantive conversations for the same old vacuous small talk can help you be much happier. Which is why I'm always on the lookout for better ice breakers that the usual …

Networking

Science Says Top Leaders Exhibit these 7 Attributes, but There's One More

If you have at least two of the qualities on the list, you're on your way to long-term, leadership success. If you look within yourself, you just may find something even more valuable.<p>Did you ever wonder how much physical good looks contribute to success at work? Ever look in the mirror and wish …

Leadership

Let's Align Habits To Organizational Values

Companies spend a lot of time and energy developing statements of purpose and values for their people to live by. Yet often these efforts don't bring about any change in behaviors.<p>Companies spend a lot of time and energy developing statements of purpose and values for their people to live by. Yet …

Marketing

Living Values Every Day: How Values Influence The Way We Work and Live

By aligning organizational and individual values, people are happier and more engaged in their daily work and life and businesses benefit.<p>What do you as an individual value? What does your business or organization value? How are these reflected in the way you work and your daily life? Hopefully, …

Leadership

Move Your Feet Or Lose Your Seat -- Improvements In Board Communication

New innovations in communication engagement methods amongst board members are allowing boards to share information amongst their own members, as well as management teams and shareholders, in an effective way. Through a technological portal, the information shared is able to become easily …

Management

Strategy For Board Unanimity -- The 'Need To Know' For The Lone Activist

The boardroom is a one-sided boxing ring, where an activist must take a stand against the opposing board members. However, through a percipient strategy an activist can work to persuade the board in their favor.<p>“An activist can attempt to redirect a board by obtaining board representation or from …

Governance

6 Powerful Ways to Make Anyone Into A Great Leader

The function of a leader is to produce more leaders, not more followers.<p>If you work or study in the field of leadership, you already know there's a glut of information and ideas. We already have thousands of articles about leaders and leadership, and countless thoughts on what leadership is and …

Leadership

The "Be Attitudes" of Building Trust in the Workplace

Trust is not a given. In fact, it's gained over time. Here are the most important ways to earn it.<p>Not to be confused with the biblical reference to the beatitudes shared in the Sermon on the Mount, these "be attitudes" are suggestions that you may consider adopting to help you and your colleagues …

Leadership

Science says these seven tactics will help you win any argument

After a highly controversial election, you're likely to come in contact with someone you don't share the same views with.<p>It's easy for these calm …

Psychology

30 cities where everyone under 30 wants to live right now

<b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p><b>Nestpick ranked cities based on how desirable they are to millennials.</b>• <b><br>They looked at the basics like cost of living and public transportation, but also millennial-specific factors like internet speed, food, and nightlife.</b>• <b><br>Amsterdam took the top spot.</b><p>Millennials will go to extreme …

Europe

Want a Culture that Will Last 100 Years? Follow These Rules

Over time, excessive focus on innovation and speed at the expense of the people that are supposed to make it all happen has a way of catching up to us.<p>The great Peter Drucker wrote the following about Japanese management culture in 1971:<p>"If there is one point on which all authorities on Japan are …

Leadership

The Top 10 Leadership Blind Spots, and 5 Ways to Turn Them Into Strengths

Too critical? Impatient? Conflict-averse? Easily offended? You're not alone. Master your blind spots and take your leadership to your next level.<p>Self-awareness is a crucial key to happiness and success. Without self-awareness, we move through relationships and experiences disconnected, unaware of …

Leadership

The 5 Best (And Most Devious) Things You Can Do For Your Employees

As a manager, while you should be great at your craft, no one said you couldn't be crafty. Here's how you can propel your people--with a twinkle in your eye.<p>There's nothing I treasure more than helping my employees become a better version of themselves--all while being a sneaky version of myself …

Leadership