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Ten Ways to Be a Great Leader

How does a leader bring out the best in others? It starts with having Emotional Intelligence.

I am grateful to showcase this article by Chris Sabido, Partner, Emerge which I think talks a lot of sense!

Great leaders understand that the only way for a team or company to reach its full potential is to bring out the best in all of the people who work in the organization. When they are able to help others be their best, things that all companies seek – such as increased profits, passion, engagement, creativity, and innovation – naturally emerge.

So, how does a leader […]

By |December 17th, 2013|News|0 Comments

7 Reasons to Consider a Merger or Acquisition

Mergers and acquisitions are back on the agenda for many Boards of  Directors and Executive Management teams.  But why bother?  Surely the evidence suggests that the great majority of mergers or acquisitions fail on a number of counts.  Integration is difficult and leveraging the synergies is a complex task. However, M & As can be worthwhile if you are clear about why you are merging or acquiring another company. Here are some sound reasons why you might consider a merger or acquisition to gain some competitive advantage:
Sound reasons to consider a merger or acquisition:

Increase the size of your business […]

By |November 14th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Leaders need to influence others to succeed.

This article is based on one originally written by Mary Jo Asmus.

The ability to influence others may be the most important thing leaders do. An organization I know lists influence as  one of its top leadership proficiencies. Their description, paraphrased:

“The ability to generate support from others to achieve desired business outcomes. Leaders who exhibit this competency apply it in a planned and strategic way, never randomly. They motivate people to want to follow them even when they don’t have to.”

When I ask leaders what influence means to them, they often say they want to win others over to their […]

By |October 28th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Do These 7 Things to Win Your Next Promotion!

1. Connect with the important people – identify the most important people in your organisation that you need to know and impress. Make sure they know who you are and what you are achieving for their business. Don’t over-promote yourself, get others to tell these people about you – the subtle approach is best!
2. Build a reputation for delivering results – get known for consistently delivering results. Senior leaders promote people they can trust, who won’t let them down and who will make their life easier!
3. Contribute beyond your own functional or business area – show you are willing to ‘go the […]

By |October 15th, 2013|News|0 Comments

What I See Great Leaders Do!

5 Rules Great Business Leaders Always Follow

In my work with some of the top UK and international business leaders, I observe that they consistently do 5 things:

1. Build a picture of the future – they engage their people and paint an exciting and motivating future for their business and their people.

2. Communicate, communicate, communicate – great leaders unrelentingly remind their people what they want from them and their expectations.

3. Trust and empower their people – they employ the right people, give constant support and keep them focused on what’s important.

4. Hold people accountable – the leaders give honest and consistent feedback, regularly […]

By |September 24th, 2013|News|0 Comments

What Winning Leaders Do! The 8 Rules of Leadership by Jack Welch.

In Winning, former General Electric CEO Jack Welch says he found that some ways of leading always seem to work in creating a winning company – and that they became his “rules” Here they are:

1. Leaders relentlessly upgrade their team, using every encounter as an opportunity to evaluate, coach and build self-confidence.

Take every opportunity to inject self-confidence into those who have earned it. Use ample praise, the more specific the better.

2. Leaders make sure people not only see the vision, they live and breathe it.

There were times I talked about the company’s direction so much in one day, […]

By |September 17th, 2013|News|0 Comments

5 Ways Leaders Botch Communication – Without Saying a Word!

I really love this article which was originally written by Todd Nielson.

Leaders who focus only on what they say to employees – through speeches and written words – overlook one of the most powerful ways they communicate: their actions. Without saying a word they can hinder productivity and kill morale.
Check whether you are guilty of any of these five mistakes:

1. Failing to communicate: When is the last time you had a conversation with an employee? How often do you talk with employees who are two rungs or more down on the organizational chart? Often leaders talk with everyone except their […]

By |August 23rd, 2013|News|0 Comments

The Starfish Story – Or Why You Can Make a Difference in the World

I think this story, which was told to me by a good friend many years ago, is inspirational.  I have remembered it on many occasions when I have been struggling to tune in to my life purpose – making a difference in the world. I hope you can put it away in your memory bank and draw on it when you are feeling a bit lost and ‘purpose-less.’

As a young boy walked along a stretch of beach skimming shells into the waves, he noticed the distant figure of an old man.  Curious to see what the man was doing, […]

By |July 29th, 2013|News|0 Comments

How Employers Can Retain Talent in the Millennial Age

I am indebted to Vivian Giang at Open Forum for her original article on this subject.

The millennial generation has a different way of thinking about work. Embrace it and you can have lifelong, loyal and productive employees.

It’s the entrepreneurial age and everyone wants to work for themselves. By 2025, Gen Y is going to make up 75 percent of the global workforce, and these millennials’ independent-thinking and entrepreneurial mindset is going to change everything about the way companies are run.

Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding and author of the new book Promote Yourself, recently partnered up with oDesk, a global job marketplace, in a survey that found millennials […]

By |July 22nd, 2013|News|0 Comments

The 9 Qualities of Truly Confident People

I am grateful for the following wise words about truly confident people which have been extracted from an original article by Dharmesh Shah.

First things first: Confidence is not bravado, or swagger, or an overt pretence of bravery. Confidence is not some bold or brash air of self-belief directed at others. Confidence is quiet: It’s a natural expression of ability, expertise, and self-regard. Truly confident people all share a number of qualities:

1. They take a stand not because they think they are always right… but because they are not afraid to be wrong. Cocky and conceited people tend to take […]

By |June 12th, 2013|News|0 Comments