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You Can’t Lead by Using Big Data
It’s hardly a surprise for most managers that using data in problem solving and decision making is important. But one prominent advocate of using data, the late W. Edwards Deming, a statistician by profession, did not try to use data to make decisions. He used data as a starting point to develop what he termed “profound knowledge” that would reveal systemic causes of problems.
World’s Best Companies for Leadership Skill Development
Who are the world's best companies for leaders and leadership skill development? More importantly, what can you learn from them?[...]
Why Your Employees Won’t Support Change…and What You Can Do About It
You have a lofty vision that gets you out of bed each morning. You've announced it to the world. There[...]
What Motivates People? Seven Secrets to Motivating You and Your Team
What motivates people? This article reveals seven ways to motivate yourself and your team. Do you really understand what motivates[...]
To Become a Better Leader, Develop These Two Abilities
To become a better leader, follow this ten-year research study (Source: A Bias for Action by Bruch and Ghosal), which claims[...]
The Voice of the Customer Meets the Voice of the Expert
"It's not the consumer's job to know what they want" - Steve Jobs As a leader, you are challenged to[...]
The Single Most Critical Leadership Skill You Need for the Future
In this series of short interviews, Harvard Business Review asks nine leadership experts what is the single most important leadership[...]
The Five Key Facets of High Performance Leadership
What makes a good or even a great leader? Many people in leadership positions struggle with understanding what makes a[...]
The End of Strategic Planning, and What That Means for You
Strategic Planning never did fully get off the ground. Which is not surprising, since "strategy" and "planning" are oxymoronic. Let[...]
The 5W1H of Collaboration: Who, What, Why, When, Where, and How
I get requests all the time from other consultants who want to "collaborate" with me. In many cases this request[...]
Strategy Development: Why Your Management Team’s Core Beliefs Matter
Strategy development processes emphasise vision, mission, values, strategic goals, key performance indicators and key initiatives. But one of the biggest[...]
Strategy Development: Seven Key Strategic Questions You Must Ask
Strategy development can be a messy affair. In most scenarios, given the number of stakeholders involved in or affected by[...]
Strategy and Planning: Knowing the Difference Can Make the Difference
Strategy and Planning: What's the difference between strategy and planning? Knowing the answer to this can make all the difference[...]
Management Teambuilding: Getting Your Management Team Unstuck
Management Teambuilding At some point in time, most management teams find themselves stuck. By stuck I mean they are finding[...]
Leadership Skills: You Can’t Become a Leader by Attending Courses on Leadership
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” ― Aristotle, The[...]
Leadership Skills – Contradictory Leadership Behaviors You Must Master
Leadership skills involve a range of critical behaviors that you must master to be successful.
How to Be a Truly Courageous Leader
You've established your vision, communicated it well, and people are obviously enthused about your direction and trust you to follow through on it. And while you are working on becoming more and more authentic and vulnerable, balancing being strong with being humble, your real test has yet to come.
How Do You Create an Inspiring or Compelling Vision?
As a leader, you have a responsibility to provide direction, to "point the way". You do this through creating a shared vision of the future. You can't delegate this task. While you can, and must, collaborate with others in building a shared vision, you can't walk away from your primary responsibility to create that vision. You have to own it.
High Performing Teams: Is There Enough “GRRRRRR!” in Your Team?
Most descriptions of High Performing Teams focus on the ideal - where everyone gets along with and supports each other,[...]
Five and a Half Reasons Leaders Fail
Why do some leaders succeed on a grand scale while others struggle and even fail? In my work and informal research on this, I have discovered many distinctions between successful and not so successful leaders. Here are my five and one half reasons leaders fail:
Customer Loyalty: Why Your Customers Are Not Loyal
Customer loyalty, and more specifically the role of leadership in creating such loyalty, is of paramount importance to your organization. How then do you, as a leader, create it?