There are 5 BIG reasons why leadership and management is failing in many organisations right now.
I call them the five harbingers of doom.
Your about to discover exactly what the 5 harbingers of doom are – although you’ve probably seen some of them in action and you are seeing evidence of their handy work day in and day out – if not in your company then in many you interact with.
The five harbingers of doom lead to:
- Low staff morale
- Reduced productivity
- Poor customer experience/rising complaints
- Lost sales opportunities and revenue streams
- The best staff leaving…
The monster which has plagued both household names, global organisations, long standing local family businesses and one in three start-up businesses in the UK (3 in 4 in the USA!) – LEADERSHIP. The five harbingers of doom which feed the monster are:
- The autocratic leader
- Leadership teams who don’t listen to their people
- Transactional as opposed to transformational leaders
- Corporate bullies
- Leaders who don’t do as they say and fail to deliver on their promises
Ring any bells?
If you’ve worked in any of these organisations I’m sure you will agree:
Clinton Cards; Kodak; Enron; DeLorean; Pan Am; Woolworths; Royal Bank of Scotland to name but a few. There are tens of thousands of smaller businesses and organisations that have faced the same fate. Are you working in such a company right now?
If so, its time to break out from the norm.
The change you want to see in your organisation begins with you.
You can change the environment, the atmosphere and the culture. Yes, I know it sounds incredible – it might even sound ridiculous for someone who feels entrenched in an organisation which seems hell bent on self destruction, where staff morale is at its lowest ever.
So whats the secret?
The secret to making the changes needed to turn your company into an:
Iceland; Pets at Home; PWC; UKRD; Admiral Group; or a Shine Communications (source: The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for 2012).
What you must do is focus on the following five long term traits and turn them into daily habits and actions:
- Become a leader who constantly seeks to develop and fine tuning your skills, using self development tools and practicing a wide repertoire of leadership, management, coaching and mentoring styles at every opportunity.
- Become a leader who is open to and constantly seeking feedback from the people you interact with. This includes your boss/senior stakeholders, your immediate leadership team, staff you interact with, suppliers, partners and customers. Using 360 degree feedback in this way will helps you to …
- Self reflect. Leaders who invest time in reflecting and considering the impact of their actions, who are open to admitting their mistakes along the way and showing some humility, always win the respect of the people they work with.
- Be a Leader who takes the view that your staff don’t work for you – you work for them. Acknowledging that you can only ever be as good as your team. ..
- Nurture and develop your people, acknowledging their talents, inspiring and leading from the front. People respect this kind of leader and will follow them anywhere. This kind of leader no longer has a ‘morale’ issue, because people love working for him/her.
So, here’s the first step you must take, right from now. From this very moment. I strongly encourage you to create time to begin at STEP 1 – self development.
This issue is so important to leadership and management in the current global climate that I spent over 2 years traveling the world and seeking out the best leadership and management tools to help you to become an accomplished and authentic leader. In that time I had the pleasure of meeting the late, great Dr Stephen Covey, Jinny Ditzler, Andy Lopata, the team at Charterhouse, Profiles International and many other influential people engaged in thought, study and publication on Leadership and Management today.
Combining all their experience, talents, success and I have produced the following leadership toolkit. This is one of the most powerful self-development leadership programmes on the market. This is an exclusive offer specifically to help readers of Leadership-Expert.co.uk. The beauty of it is…
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- You want to learn, find out what you don’t know and apply some staggeringly simple but hugely effective techniques.
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Featured by The Daily Telegraph Business Club – oh and here’s some of the feedback from people who have already started using this toolkit:
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Simon Teague has sifted through techniques, treatments and tips from prominent experts around the world to deliver bite size pieces of management good sense.
It’s a must for every desk top.”
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A distillation of many of the best ideas from many of the leading gurus, this Guide can save you years of research and reading to track down the answers you want to the challenges you have.
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Over the past four years I have had the pleasure and privilege to work either directly or indirectly with some of the world leading authors and experts on leadership. Between them all they have sold over 50 million leadership books world-wide to satisfy our thirst to become great leaders.
Why these hand-picked 30 or so experts? Well because I read a lot of leadership books and study many leadership programmes and many are, in essence, a regurgitation of these people’s ideas. Hence I thought I would go straight to the source of those original ideas and bring them all together in one leadership compendium. This ‘toolkit’ takes you straight to the heart of the key principles of the following authors and experts and what they have to say about leadership:
- Dr Stephen Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Joseph Luft & Harry Ingham – The Johari Window
- Kurt Lewin – The Force Field Analysis
- Henry Minzberg – Strategic Thinking
- Andy Bounds – The Jelly Effect
- Andy Lopata and Peter Roper – And Death Came Third
- Dale Carnegie – Remembering Names
- Prof. Robert B Cialdini – The Power of Influence
- Jim Collins – Good to Great
- Rudolph Giuliani – Leadership
- Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatis – The New Leaders
- David Whitaker – Grow Coaching model
- Max Landsberg – The Tao of Coaching & The Tao of Motivation
- Jinny Ditzler – Your Best Year Yet
- Charterhouse Learning – FISH
- Douglas McGregor – X-Y Theory
- Profiles International – 360 degree feedback
- Mike Woodcock – Team Building Blocks
- Dr Bruce Tuckman – Team development
- Alex Osborne – Brainstorming
- Dr Spencer Johnson & Associates – Who Moved My Cheese?
- Tony Buzan – Mind Maps
All these concepts are brought together in one handy desktop guide, edited by Simon Teague and is available in both a hardback and an electronic version.
It is one of the best ways for managers to learn the leadership ‘trade’ and have a portfolio of powerful tools, tips and techniques at their fingertips. It is the perfect supplement to leadership training and the perfect solution for managers who find they have been thrown into positions of responsibility before getting any formal training.
Entitled The Ultimate Leadership Guide – Secrets to Success at Work and in Business it is available at Amazon and Waterstones. It can be also obtained directly from the principal authors website for a discounted price using the code LE001.
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Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries has written over 35 books on the subject of leadership and the dynamics of both individuals and teams during periods of organisational change. A clinical professor of leadership development, he has been rated by The Financial Times and The Economist as one of the worlds leading leadership theorists and among the world’s top 50 leading management thinkers. More than this though, he has over 20 years of hands on experience of running CEO leadership team coaching programmes entitled ‘The Challenge of Leadership: Creating Effective Leaders’ and his book draws on many personal ‘real-life’ experiences.
Don’t let his academic standing put you off. His book is full of easy to understand concepts that I found really resonated with me from my days of working in medium to large corporations. If you are a CEO, senior manager or aspiring leader, this leadership book is a must read.
It provides real insights into the ‘human’ intricacies of working in teams; the dysfunctional overt and covert behaviour that can marginalise individuals and hinder team productivity. Manfred goes on to examine the benefits of leadership coaching and the positive impact this has had through his own experiences of building high performing teams.
He provides a wonderful story which for me sums up the culture that managers can create, without even realising it:
“A group of frogs was hopping contentedly through a swamp, doing whatever it is frogs do, when two of them fell into a deep hole. The other frogs gathered around to see what they could do to help their friends. When they saw how deep the hole was, they gave up. They told the two poor frogs in the hole that they should abandon hope and prepare themselves for death.
Unwilling to accept their fate, the two frogs tried with all their might to jump out of the hole. The frogs in the marsh kept calling down to them, insisting that their situation was hopeless and that the best they could do was save their energy and wait patiently for death. They did not hesitate to add that the frogs would not be in this unfortunate situation if they had been more careful, and listened to their elders.
But the two frogs continued jumping as high as they could. Gradually, they grew tired. Finally, one of the frogs took heed of his friends’ words. Spent and disheartened, he quietly accepted his fate, lay down at the bottom of the hole, and died as the others looked on in grief.
But the other frog was more persistent. He continued to jump with every ounce of energy he head, although his body was wracked with pain. Once again, the crowds of frogs, hanging over the hole, yelled at him to stop this nonsense, accept his fate, and just die. Undaunted, the weary frog jumped harder and harder and – wonder of wonders – finally leapt so high that he got out of the hole. Amazed, the other frogs celebrated his miraculous return to freedom and then, gathering around him asked, “Why did you carry on jumping when we told you to give up?”
The poor frog stared at them in astonishment. “But, my friends,” he said, “I am rather deaf. At that distance I could not read your lips. When I saw you waving and shouting, I thought you were encouraging me not to give up. That’s why I kept on trying.”
As the paradoxical tale illustrates, having your team-mates on your side, cheering you on, motivating and encouraging you, can be very powerful. This level of support may stimulate you to perform beyond expectations. Equally, where the opposite culture exists, team members are doomed to fail. Your future as leaders will rest on your ability to recognise the often invisible undercurrent of group dynamics within your organisation as these can either create a group effect that is more powerful than the sum of its parts, or quickly destroy the purpose and performance of the team. This book will enable you to explore team-based distributive leadership skills, enabling you to get the best from your people.
‘The Hedgehog Effect’ goes on to explore the need for the organisations of tomorrow to have executives who can deal with the advantages and disadvantages of teamwork and know how to be an effective member of a team themselves.
The book focuses heavily on self-awareness, culture and group dynamics. It is very well written and I found myself highlighting whole pages of ‘golden nuggets’ of practical tasks I could undertake as a coach, leader and team member with everyone I interact with. This is one of the most powerful, up-to-date leadership books I have read recently and one well work adding to the arsenal of tools to help you learn some of ‘the secrets of building high performance teams’. It will be well worth quoting from in forthcoming practical articles on coaching and team work.
If you like this article, subscribe here , LIKE us on facebook, leave a comment, or to get your own personal copy of The Hedgehog Effect to enable you to become a more effective leader, coach and team member. After all, I’ve told you about the frogs…wait till you read about the hedgehogs!
What is good leadership?
Based on more than forty interviews with the late Steve Jobs, conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues, this book chronicles the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and a ferocious drive revolutionised six industries: personal computers; animated movies; music; phones; tablet computing and digital publishing.
At a time when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology, so he built a company where heaps of imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
He could drive those people around him to fury and despair, but his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be. As a leader he was charismatic and energetic, pushing people beyond the limits of what they believed they could accomplish and producing remarkable work as a result.
To save you hours reading the book – all 630 pages – here is a fantastic video outlining the full story and giving you useful ‘golden nuggets’ to help you improve your entrepreneurial leadership skills.
Complexity science is slowly emerging (pardon the pun) as a force in how organisations are structured. The following video shows a game used to show the merits of leading in an adaptive way. I’ll provide a brief description of how to setup the game below, but the video explains it all if you would rather use that. Here are the rules:
- Find an empty space. 25 people would require a space roughly the size of half a tennis court.
- The space needs to be clearly marked so people know the boundaries.
- Ask people to position themselves at random within that area
- Also at random ask each person to pick two others within the group (do not indicate who you have picked)
- Your objective is to adjust your position so that you are equal distance from the two people you have chosen (remember, you’re not allowed to tell them who you have picked)
- You should move slowly and gradually, making the smallest movements required.
- Once you have achieved your objective, stand still.
- Once everyone has achieved their objective, the game is over.
How long do you think this will take to achieve?
Here is the video if you’d like to see the instructions visually.
If you’d like to learn more about how complexity science can benefit leadership, this experiment and more is outlined in Nick Obolensky’s book Complex Adaptive Leadership. Quote G11EXQ when you buy to get a 50% discount.
Written by Adi Gaskell from the CMI.
The latest CMI Management Book Club Q&A session sees CMI welcome management legend John Adair to the book club.
John has written over 40 books, translated into many languages. Recent titles include ‘How to Grow Leaders’ and ‘Effective Leadership Development’. Apart from being an author he is also a teacher and consultant.
His Q&A session will happen on the 6th October (Thursday) at 2.30pm. It should be a good one so if you’d like to quiz Mr Adair add it to your diary today.
Q&A provided by the Chartered Management Institute
In some ways, the inspiration for my book, Creatively Ever After: A Path to Innovation, came from too many years of text-heavy PowerPoint slides. Readers say the most resonating aspect of Creatively Ever After is how it immerses you into the creative process through the use of storytelling and nursery rhymes. The use of nursery rhymes surprises readers, especially corporate leaders, in an unexpected and valuable way.
Growing up, I watched Sesame Street. I loved the way the television show taught the alphabet by putting letters into song. Decades later, I rejoice in seeing 30, 40 and 50-year olds singing “C is for Cookie” to their own children/grandchildren. Recalling the vivid memories of learning the alphabet through entertaining Sesame Street clips, I knew just what to do.
Though I’m not a lyricist, I am good with words. I decided to tackle the much talked about creativity crisis and worldwide Chief Executive Officer call for creativity by writing a how-to book teaching creativity skills. And, in case you’re wondering – yes, creativity can be taught! I hypothesized I could make creativity approachable and help readers internalize and apply creativity techniques by weaving a fable around the creative problem solving process.
This gave birth to musings about what the “Jack and Jill” nursery rhyme might be like if the two had applied creative problem solving to help fetch the water. Could they stop falling down the hill? How? Who might help? All these questions ran through my mind as I stitched together the story.
It took four years, but now that the book is published I am ecstatic when readers share their delight in the fable format and how it helped them relate to creativity in a simple and inviting way. From time to time I get emails and tweets from readers telling me how the book helped them build creative leadership skills, close sales, improve client relationships, think up new product offerings, and more.
I am grateful to learn the value Creatively Ever After brings to readers. To me, leadership is about connecting with the heart, as well as, the mind. The fact readers see themselves in the story means they are more apt to reflect upon what they’ve learned and apply creativity principles to their everyday situations. More so than the process of writing, and far more so than selling, I am happy to have written a tale that helps solve the creativity crisis by showing readers how to explicitly tap into their personal creativity skills.
Thank you to Sesame Street for serving as my inspiration and to PowerPoint for serving as my foe during the writing process. Without the two, Creatively Ever After would not be what it is today.
Alicia Arnold is the author of Creatively Ever After. She holds a Master of Science in Creative Studies from the International Center for Studies in Creativity. She has written over 100 articles on creativity at http://alicia-arnold.com and can be reached on Twitter at http://twitter.com/alicarnold
I’m excited to announce the unveiling of Financial-Expert.co.uk, a web property of a good friend of mine, Simon Oates, that he has been developing for the past few months. Outside of management and leadership, the world of personal finance is a topic that interests me immensely. I worked in the financial services industry and have had my head in the financial papers my whole life. I’m also an avid investor and I’m eager to share knowledge and sensible investing principles with the world. This is why I remain committed to keeping you up to date on financial issues through this link to Financial Expert.
The site will have 6 broad categories; Borrowing, Career, Cost Cutting, Making Income Online, Investing and Saving. Simon will be creating content for these topics in a modular fashion, so for instance he will create 10 articles surrounding investing in commodities, and then perhaps 5 articles specialising in mortgages. And after a year or so, he will have created a semi-complete library of financial information.
His first major piece of content is ‘How to Invest in Commodities‘, which addresses the world of commodity investing from a private investors point of view. Hedge funds and derivatives that are out of reach of the average investor will not be relevant. Commodities have almost taken centre stage in the investment community, as overwhelming flows of capital are chasing returns across asset classes and around the globe. This has led to a potentially disastrous situation which resembles a commodity bubble.
For those investors brave enough to make a call and jump on the bandwagon, the routes into commodities for a private individual are surprisingly varied. One can use betting companies, mutual funds, ETFs, shares of companies, as well as buying a lump of the commodity itself. To read more about the advantages of these options, as well as their drawbacks visit the article for full details.
Unlike leadership, financial content is prone to suffering from jargon overload, so Simon will also be creating a giant financial glossary where he will give an overview of each financial term. This will allow his articles to be accessible to beginners, without slowing down the pace too much and boring the veteran investors.
Creative Genius by Peter Fisk is a book of ideas and stories of the many breakthroughs that innovative individuals have achieved in the past 2000 years. Creative Genius describes itself as an ‘innovation guide’, a ‘genius lab’ and also an ‘inspirational’ set of tools. With the format of the book actually being rather peculiar, I think the term ‘scrapbook’ is probably the best way to capture the essence of this work.
Rather than delivering the always ironic lecture of ‘how to be original and innovative’, Creative Genius attempts a different path – education by induction. Much like the science experiment of it’s namesake, I found that this book takes great pain in telling you one thing, but secretly hopes that while reading and processing, you’ll learn much more. Innovation is of course, an intra-personal thing, and a book cannot be innovative on your behalf. A book won’t craft a business model or develop a new design. Creative Genius may however shift your paradigm and inspire you to take action.
It strikes me that traditional education and training equips you with a standard perspective, a generally accepted view of the world. This view is logical, reasonable and held by most educated individuals. However in the competitive economy of today, how is one to generate a market-leading idea while thinking within the same realm as everyone else?
This paradox can be illustrated in my favourite economist joke:
An economist and his friend are walking down the street when the friend sees a ten dollar bill on the sidewalk.
“Look,” he says, “it’s a ten dollar bill”.
“Nonsense,” says the economist. “If that was a ten dollar bill, someone would have picked it up by now.”
If this book preaches anything, it’s that genuinely groundbreaking ideas in history came from outside the generally accepted truths. Within the ‘safe zone’, as referenced in the joke above; everything that can be thought of has been thought of. Your ability to produce something truly revolutionary or commercially advantageous is unlikely at best.
Enter the 20+ case studies that Creative Genius details and features within it’s pages. These include the exciting story of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, as well as the rise of Nintendo (which originally was a mere trading card company). Reaching further into the past, you’ll read about Burt Rutan and Da Vinci.
But to describe Creative Genius as a short story book would be a discredit. Among the interesting exerpts from history’s brightest and boldest, you’ll find basic concepts of good design, modern marketing the product development process. The larger socio-economic trends are boldly highlighted. These serve as a gentle nudge into progressive thinking. The median age of someone in the developed world was 37 in 2000, but will be 46 in 2050. How will this change your business?
Creative Genius is a ‘different’ kind of read to the standard leadership and management fare I review on Leadership Expert. A book filled with facts and stories and smaller pockets of ‘knowledge’ is different to the direct and instructive management titles such as Traction: Get a Grip on your Business. Creative Genius (Amazon Link, £9.51) serves as a perfect addition to the well-rounded businessperson’s library of knowledge.
As Gino Wickes writes; entrepreneurs usually face at least one of five common frustrations with their business. These are; A Lack of Control, Unresponsive Staff, A Growth Plateau, Unprofitability and a Change-Avoidant Culture. Essentially these are the five factors that hold back ‘good’ businesses from being ‘great’ businesses, and we all suffer from these problems from time to time.
Now, in Traction, Gino presents his view of a successful company that has managed to mitigate, or completely avoid the five common frustrations. The rest of the text aims to provide a practical roadmap to guide an entrepreneur to improving various components of his business incrementally in order to improve the system. Gino uses a computer metaphor – in that if the business is a computer, then this book provides the operating system. Gino’s strategy is coined the Entreprenerial Operating System™.
Titles aside, does the substance of Traction fulfill its purpose? Not just as a start-up guide, but also as a ‘rescue’ strategy?
Home Truths & My Thoughts
Traction opens with a frank principle that you won’t hear in conversation often. It’s the crazy notion that entrepreneurs with successful companies are sometimes risk evasive, and that their risk aversion actually holds back the company. Let’s just think about that for a moment.
What’s crazier than that notion is that I completely see the logic here! Entrepreneurs often talk of starting their business ‘from nothing’. In fact, on TV shows these days you’ll be hard pressed to find a businesman or woman who remains modest about their humble beginnings. The important point to note is that with ‘nothing’ in the bag, these entrepreneurs had absolutely nothing to lose to begin with.
5 years later, sitting on a private shareholding in a company worth £50,000,000 – the entrepreneur has clearly succeeded, but this is where the problem kicks in. Now the entrepreneur’s comforts, prosperity, and even social status depend on the continuation of the business. In this position, I would not be surprised if the entrepreneur was very frightened about taking any further steps. I’m talking around this small point in detail for a book review, I realise, and this is one of the reasons why I like this book. Traction contains plenty of interlectually challenging ideas and methods. But at the same time, it isn’t a leadership theory book at all!
An Entrepreneurs Manual
You will find Traction to be quite different from the other leadership books I have reviewed on Leadership Expert. The main difference is that Traction is very specific and hands-on in approaching management skills. Rather than just focusing on the ‘soft’ skills such as communication, motivation and culture, Traction details a handful of ‘this is what you need to do, and this is how you do it’ projects, including:
- Which performance metrics and data you will want to look at on a weekly basis
- How to draw up an organisational hierachy
- How to deliver an effective meeting.
In short, this is good stuff that owner/managers want to know. While this content certainly has a heavy slant towards the entrepreneurial type, I don’t see why this ideas couldn’t be used by a mid to senior level manager in a corporate environment either. The title makes for an easy-to-dip-into read that I believe will find a happy home on your desk.