Activate agility: the five avenues to success

Activate agility: the five avenues to success

June 26, 2020

In 1935, the life expectancy of an S&P 500 company was 90 years. By 2010, it was 14 years and studies show that it’s getting even shorter. No wonder more and more companies, who are tired of change fatigue and endless restructuring, are looking at how they can become a more agile organization and retain their competitive advantage.

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To emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, companies should start reskilling their workforces now

To emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, companies should start reskilling their workforces now

June 12, 2020

Imagine a crisis that forces your company’s employees to change the way they work almost overnight. Despite initial fears that the pressure would be too great, you discover that this new way of working could be a blueprint for the long term.

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Good Leadership Is About Communicating “Why”

Good Leadership Is About Communicating “Why”

May 29, 2020

In an ongoing crisis, clear communication is more important and more difficult than when things seem normal. Employees and customers are hungry for information, so we’re tempted to pull together presentations and communicate with urgency instead of with careful planning. But ...

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Want to Be More Productive? Try Doing Less.

Want to Be More Productive? Try Doing Less.

May 22, 2020

We’ve been taught that if we want more — money, achievement, vitality, joy, peace of mind — we need to do more, to add more to our ever-growing to-do list. But what if we’ve been taught wrong? What if the answer to getting more of what we want isn’t addition at all, but subtraction?

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The Downside of Flex Time

The Downside of Flex Time

May 15, 2020

Remote work, especially in a world affected by Covid-19, naturally leads to “flex time.” Employees with small children might be getting the majority of their work done at night after the kids are in bed. Others are working early and hoping to quit early. Still, others are starting late and working late.

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To emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, companies should start reskilling their workforces now

To emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, companies should start reskilling their workforces now

May 08, 2020

Imagine a crisis that forces your company’s employees to change the way they work almost overnight. Despite initial fears that the pressure would be too great, you discover that this new way of working could be a blueprint for the long term. 

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How to Talk to Your Team When the Future Is Uncertain

How to Talk to Your Team When the Future Is Uncertain

April 24, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic escalates and disruptions to business-as-usual continue, managers are grappling with the unknown. You don’t know when your employees will be able to return to the office or how different things will be when they do. Regardless... 

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Virtual Meetings Don’t Have to Be a Bore

Virtual Meetings Don’t Have to Be a Bore

March 27, 2020

Those of us who present, facilitate, and teach for a living understand the importance of developing a personal connection with an audience. It’s critical to be and feel natural; to make people laugh, feel at ease, and fully engage — and perhaps even lose themselves — in the content you’re delivering. 

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A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers

A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers

March 20, 2020

In response to the uncertainties presented by Covid-19, many companies and universities have asked their employees to work remotely. While Millions of people report that they work remotely around the world, the new policies leave many employees — and their managers — working out of the office and separated from each other for the first time.

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What’s Your Company’s Emergency Remote-Work Plan?

What’s Your Company’s Emergency Remote-Work Plan?

March 06, 2020

At the end of February, early March 2020, the coronavirus (or Covid-19) took a more serious turn in Korea, Italy, Spain, UK and the U.S. with warnings that it could very well impact how, when, and where we work.

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How To Develop Soft Skills

How To Develop Soft Skills

February 28, 2020

As automation and artificial intelligence dramatically change the nature of work, employees must fine-tune the social and emotional abilities machines cannot master. To encourage this behaviour, employers must adjust the ways they assess, educate, train and reward their workforce on soft skills such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking.

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Does Your Team Have an Accountability Problem?

Does Your Team Have an Accountability Problem?

February 14, 2020

“We need to hold people more accountable.” How many times have you said this in the past year? When things aren’t going well — maybe your numbers are down, you haven’t met your goals, or your pipeline is dry — it’s easy to turn to this familiar mantra. But when you say it...

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How to nudge your way to better performance

How to nudge your way to better performance

January 17, 2020

People face so many pitfalls on their path to making reasonable decisions—whether they’re a consumer making a purchase or an employee meeting performance goals—how do you make it more likely that they’ll land on the most beneficial decision for them and for your organisation? 

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Changing mindsets and behaviour, one “nudge” at a time

Changing mindsets and behaviour, one “nudge” at a time

January 10, 2020

Our understanding of the unconscious mind has come a long way since Sigmund Freud, grounded in decades of research into what drives ordinary, everyday human behaviour. Today’s behavioural scientists like to say that we are predictably irrational. And what can be predicted can be managed, at least to some degree.

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Holidays Can Be Stressful. They Don’t Have to Stress Out Your Team.

Holidays Can Be Stressful. They Don’t Have to Stress Out Your Team.

December 20, 2019

The festive spirit is everywhere during the holiday season. For some, each day feels like waking up to a holiday song — “children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile.” But, for others, it can be the loneliest and most stressful time of the year.

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How small shifts in leadership can transform your team dynamic

How small shifts in leadership can transform your team dynamic

December 13, 2019

Once upon a time, saying “the soft stuff is the hard stuff” was a snappy challenge to business convention. Now, it’s a cliché. Everyone knows that it’s not easy to suddenly make your colleagues more creative, adaptable, or collaborative, however well-intentioned you may be.

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To Resolve a Conflict, First Decide: Is It Hot or Cold?

To Resolve a Conflict, First Decide: Is It Hot or Cold?

November 22, 2019

As a leader, you’re going to face conflict. It comes with the territory. But before you try to deal with a conflict, you first need to stop and ask yourself the following question:

Is it hot or cold?

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5 Mental Mistakes That Kill Your Productivity

5 Mental Mistakes That Kill Your Productivity

November 15, 2019

If you’re sometimes frustrated about how little you accomplish during your workday, you’re not alone. Research indicates that only 26% of people often leave the office having accomplished the tasks they set out to do. 

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Mapping the value of employee collaboration

Mapping the value of employee collaboration

November 08, 2019

Although collaboration is at the heart of modern business processes, most companies are still in the dark about how to manage it. Linear, process-based tools such as activity-based costing, business process reengineering, and total quality management have long been effective at measuring and improving the efficiency of people and organisations in accomplishing individual tasks. But ...

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Why Are We Here?

Why Are We Here?

November 01, 2019

Over the past decade, “purpose” has become a management watchword. Since 2010 it has appeared in the titles of more than 400 new business and leadership books and thousands of articles. And no wonder: Many people—not just Millennials—want to work for organisations whose missions and business philosophies resonate with them intellectually and emotionally.

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The Executive’s Guide To Better Listening

The Executive’s Guide To Better Listening

October 25, 2019

Good listeners tend to make better decisions, based on better-informed judgments, than ordinary or poor listeners do—and hence tend to be better leaders. By showing respect to our conversation partners, remaining quiet so they can speak, and actively opening ourselves up to facts that undermine our beliefs, we can all better cultivate this valuable skill.

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How to Actually Start the Task You’ve Been Avoiding

How to Actually Start the Task You’ve Been Avoiding

October 18, 2019

The biggest challenge to moving forward on anything is the transition to working on it. It almost always represents a shift from doing something comfortable to doing something uncomfortable.

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7 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Digital Transformation

7 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Digital Transformation

October 04, 2019

Although digital investment is almost unquestionably the right course of action for most firms, organisations still struggle to create the desired results. Estimates of digital transformation failures range from 66% to 84%. Such a high failure rate isn’t surprising, as leaders are trying to create entirely new competencies and wedge them into an organisation with strong legacy cultures and operating models.

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Agility: mindset makeovers are critical

Agility: mindset makeovers are critical

September 27, 2019

In today's dynamic markets, leaders need very different mindsets from those used to manage traditional organisations in less-demanding times. We find that three primary mindset shifts are required to lead agile organisations designed for innovation, collaboration and value creation.

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To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

September 20, 2019

One of the best insights on what true productivity means in the 21st century dates back to 1890. In his book The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1, William James wrote a simple statement that’s packed with meaning: “My experience is what I agree to attend to.”

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Collaborative leadership: moving from top-down to team-centric

Collaborative leadership: moving from top-down to team-centric

September 06, 2019

As business landscapes become increasingly networked and distributed, more companies are ditching hierarchical leadership models in favour of collaborative leadership approaches. In fact, 51% of respondents in a 2018 Deloitte survey rated “C-suite collaboration” as very important.

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What is learning-in-the-flow-of-work?

What is learning-in-the-flow-of-work?

August 16, 2019

As automation, AI, and new job models reconfigure the business world, lifelong learning has become accepted as an economic imperative. Eighty percent of CEOs now believe the need for new skills is their biggest business challenge.

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5 tips to Help Employees Navigate Digital Transformation

5 tips to Help Employees Navigate Digital Transformation

August 09, 2019

The consumer packaged goods (CPG) landscape has been going through a significant shake-up. Coca-Cola reshuffled its leadership team to focus on growth, innovation, and digital. Unilever acquired Dollar Shave Club, a young startup, for $1 billion in a move to introduce a new...

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Does Your Team R.O.C.K. ?

Does Your Team R.O.C.K. ?

August 02, 2019

To learn about teamwork, management gurus tend to study collaboration in companies. Most don’t consider rock ‘n’ roll groups as an appropriate venue for studying teams. After all, what is a life in rock ‘n’ roll, if not a quest to escape the 9-to-5?

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Persuasion: A 5 step formula thats worked for over 2000 years

Persuasion: A 5 step formula thats worked for over 2000 years

July 19, 2019

Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. The ability to persuade, to change hearts and minds, is perhaps the single greatest skill that will give you a competitive edge in the knowledge economy — an age where ideas matter more than ever.

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Are You An Agile Manager?

Are You An Agile Manager?

June 28, 2019

The agile workplace is becoming increasingly common. The shift is driven by proof that small, multidisciplinary teams of agile organisations can respond swiftly and promptly to rapidly changing market opportunities and customer demands. Indeed, more than 80 per cent of respondents in agile units report that overall performance increased moderately or significantly since their transformations began.

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What To Do In Your Next Meeting - Speak up or Hold Back?

What To Do In Your Next Meeting - Speak up or Hold Back?

June 21, 2019

In many organisations, our leadership readiness is measured in part by our willingness to speak up in meetings. How we speak off the cuff can have a bigger impact on our career trajectory than our presentations or speeches, because every single day we have an opportunity to make an impact.

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How To Boost Knowledge Workers Productivity

How To Boost Knowledge Workers Productivity

June 14, 2019

Are you doing all that you can to enhance the productivity of your knowledge workers? It’s a simple question, but one that few senior executives can answer.

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Augmented Reality: A Managers Guide - Part 2

Augmented Reality: A Managers Guide - Part 2

May 31, 2019

Augmented reality starts with a camera-equipped device—such as a smartphone, a tablet, or smart glasses—loaded with AR software. When a user points the device and looks at an object...

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Augmented Reality: A Managers Guide - Part 1

Augmented Reality: A Managers Guide - Part 1

May 24, 2019

Augmented reality technologies promise to transform how we learn, make decisions, and interact with the physical world. In this package, The Harvard Business Review explains what AR is, how its applications are evolving, and why it’s so important.

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Better Planned Meetings Lead To Better Decisions

Better Planned Meetings Lead To Better Decisions

May 10, 2019

Decisions are the lifeblood of organisations, and meetings are where important business decisions often happen. Yet many executives are nonplussed—at best—when describing their own experience of meetings.

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