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January 2024

Leaders Must React: A framework for responding to unforeseen events

By Business, Business Goals, Leadership, Operations, Personal

On average, dealing with unforeseen issues—takes up 36% of a CEO’s time. This is a significant portion, and not all of these issues necessarily require a leader’s immediate attention.

To assist CEOs in discerning which issues truly demand focus, Nohria, the former dean of Harvard Business School, has developed a framework that categorizes events into four types: normal noise, clarion calls, whisper warnings, and siren songs. The framework also provides guidance on how leaders should approach each category. READ MORE HERE.

3 Leadership Strategies for a Strong, Flexible Work Culture

By Business, People & Culture

According to a 2023 CHRO survey, negative executive attitudes toward hybrid and remote work make it almost twice as likely that the organisation has punitive policies for noncompliance.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to flexible work, and the optimal strategy for one organisation may not be right for another. Clearly, both workplace engagement and wellbeing are vitally important, and organisations need to ensure that both are addressed effectively in consideration of where employees do their jobs. READ MORE HERE.

How the best CEOs continually improve performance

By Leadership, Personal

In the fable “The Tortoise and the Hare,” where the tortoise wins a race against the faster hare through steady progress, the lesson of avoiding complacency holds relevance for today’s CEOs. As successful leaders may face the danger of becoming complacent in the middle years of their tenure, sustaining high performance requires continuous learning, an outsider’s perspective, collaborative planning for the future, and organizational future-proofing. The article emphasises the importance of CEOs actively engaging with external networks, including customers, investors, and industry experts, to avoid the pitfalls of complacency and drive ongoing success. READ MORE HERE.

How to Improve Your Soft Skills as a Remote Worker

By Career Development, Personal, Workplace

In the age of AI, soft skills are the hidden gems of the workplace, but they can be a challenge to build when you work from home. Without daily, face-to-face interactions with colleagues, learning the nuances of how to communicate and collaborate is just plain harder.

So what are some practical steps you can take to develop soft skills when Zoom calls are your norm? The author outlines seven strategies to try. READ MORE HERE.

How High-Performing Teams Build Trust

By Business, Leadership, Operations, People & Culture, Personal, Workplace

Discussions about fostering trust in the workplace often center on the dynamic between managers and employees. Equally, if not more, crucial is the establishment of trust among team members. To better understand how the most successful teams cultivate trust internally, researchers conducted interviews with 1,000 office workers and identified 5 behaviors that distinguish these teams:

1. They don’t leave collaboration to chance

2.They ensure colleagues are well-informed

3.They share credit

4.They view disagreements as opportunities for improvement;

5.They proactively address tension.

READ MORE HERE.

When Your Boss Gives You a Totally Unrealistic Goal

By Business, Business Goals, Leadership, Personal

There are many reasons why bosses set unrealistic goals. They may have heady aspirations and subscribe to the popular notion of “big, hairy, audacious goals.” Alternatively, they may be removed from day-to-day operations and not realise the logistical or process-related difficulties of achieving it. Or they may recognise that the goal is unrealistic but face pressure from higher up the food chain or important clients.

In this article, the author outlines steps to try if your boss is expecting the seemingly impossible. READ MORE HERE.

Diversity matters even more: The case for holistic impact

By Business, People & Culture, Workplace

For almost a decade through McKinsey has delivered a comprehensive global perspective on the relationship between leadership diversity and company performance.

This year, the business case is the strongest it has been since we’ve been tracking and, for the first time in some areas, equitable representation is in sight.

Further, a striking new finding is that leadership diversity is also convincingly associated with holistic growth ambitions, greater social impact, and more satisfied workforces. READ MORE HERE.

How to Sustain Your Empathy in Difficult Times

By Business, Leadership, People & Culture, Personal

Empathetic leadership is crucial in today’s workplace, driven by employee expectations. However, managers often find it emotionally and physically draining. Many managers feel torn between being empathetic at the cost of their well-being or preserving their emotional health by distancing themselves. Fortunately, a Stanford psychologist and neuroscientist suggests that this dilemma is more apparent than real. He outlines three strategies for leading empathically without compromising personal balance and presents a blueprint for practicing sustainable empathy. Read More Here.