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Too Smart to Lead?

News Analysis: January 2018
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
Analysis from: HEC Lausanne

Research we will be featuring shortly (see Idea #696) by John Antonakis of HEC Lausanne and Dean Simonton of UCal Davis, suggests that leaders...

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Sleep - An Amazing and Vital Journey

News Analysis: October 2018
  • sleep
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • performance
  • wellbeing

Failure to have enough sleep is the result of a cultural shift we experienced in the 20th century. Before electricity, when candles were expensive, most people lived and worked by the circadian cycle (sunrise to sunset). Today with...

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Mark Cannon on Leadership Coaching

Podcast Recorded: September 2018
  • Learning & Behaviour
Podcast Guest: Prof Mark Cannon

Professor Cannon is a seasoned executive coach and an expert in teaching skills for executive coaching, delivering feedback and handling difficult conversations. He earned a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Business School, has published books and articles on these topics and taught in George Washington University’s Coaching Certification Program. He has coached or consulted with Nissan, Marriott Corporation, Mars, Vanderbilt University Medical School, Women’s World Banking, Monitor Company, and the U.S. Department of State.

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Fred Funck on Performance Psychology

Podcast Recorded: October 2018
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
Podcast Guest: Fred Funck

Frédéric Funck is CCL’s EMEA Director for Coaching, Open Enrolment and Marketing, having performed both in the private and in the public sector (primarily EU Commission and military organizations) over the last 15 years. Frédéric holds a Coaching Certificate from the Neuro-Institute and specialized in leadership coaching, mental coaching, coaching for performance and public speaking.

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Understanding Stress

Book Published: May 2018
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Health
Authors: Jorgen Folkersen

Folkersen’s research has made him aware that knowledge regarding stress is not even widely understood amongst therapists in the sector and that accessible and connected information on the topic is hard to find. This book is his endeavour to fill this gap. 

There is no definition of when ‘stress is harmful, harmless or even constructive’. Stress is not officially regarded as an ‘illness’ though its effects can be debilitating. ‘Stress is usually a natural, non-harmful condition that allows the body and psyche to adapt to temporary peak loads’. Everyone reacts to stress in their own...

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Meltdown

Book Published: April 2018
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership & Change
  • Problem-Solving
  • CSR & Governance
Authors: Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik

As the authors note, the Middle Ages were 'the golden age of bacteria', when Black Death and other diseases could travel, largely unimpeded because new trade routes opened up the world, but hygiene policies and medical knowledge had not advanced to prevent their spread. Today, the rise of computer power has created systems that are so technical and fast that we find it very difficult to see if and where they maybe flawed, and so when things go wrong, they can go very wrong, very quickly. It is the 'golden age of meltdowns'.

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A Brain for Business, A Brain for Life

Book Published: October 2017
  • Problem-Solving
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
Authors: Shane O'Mara

Advances in our understanding of how the brain affects our behaviour are continuing apace. Trying to align this new knowledge to benefit the way we work as individuals and as teams in organizations is the coming challenge for all leaders. Having a good working understanding of the biases, heuristics and predilections that distort our behaviours and decision-making is therefore important for anyone who want to lead people to produce better organizational performance. This is the second book in Palgrave's 'Neuroscience of Business' series.

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Prediction Machines

Book Published: April 2018
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Strategy
Authors: Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, Avi Goldfarb

Artificial Intelligence is currently gripping the business world, being the next step on the journey from Big Data to full automation. For business executives it is often a slightly mystical concept, offering both dramatic cost-cutting opportunity as many routine human roles are replaced with ever-present, ever-reliable machines, and also threatening many long-standing businesses with being swept away like horse-drawn carriages with the coming of the automobile. Currently, the truth is less dramatic with AI tools making incremental advances and their limitations being as frustrating as...

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Michael McDermott on Emotional Intelligence: The Leaders' Edge

Podcast Recorded: November 2018
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
Podcast Guest: Prof Michael McDermott

In this webinar we explore what emotional intelligence is and examine ways that you can improve your EQ. EQ is seen as central to people’s success in work and life. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize your emotions, understand what they're telling you, and realize how your emotions affect people around you. It also involves your perception of others: when you understand how they feel, this allows you to manage relationships more effectively. We all have three main elements in our psychological make up: personality, IQ (general intelligence), and emotional intelligence.

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Dennis Carey on Talent Before Strategy

Dennis Carey is Vice-Chair of the global people consultancy, Korn Ferry and co-author with Dominic Barton, the boss of McKinsey &Co, and management guru Ram Charan, of the book Talent Wins which reimagines how the top team of large organizations should be configured - with a triumvirate of CEO, CFO and CHRO as the leading players.

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Adaptive Space

Book Published: June 2018
  • social networks
  • performance
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Creativity & Innovation
Authors: Michael J. Arena

Reed Hastings, the much admired founder of Netflix, noted that “companies rarely die from moving too fast; and they frequently die from moving too slowly”, to which Arena adds, ‘in today’s rapidly changing environments, lack of agility is the kiss of death’. We see this in all sectors: fixed telecoms being challenged by free calling apps; fintech challenging the banking behemoths; auto-giants being threatened by Uber, Tesla and even Dyson; retail veterans succumbing to Amazon, the list goes on and on. Arena asserts that ‘in today’s dynamic environment, organizations need to be more liquid...

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Chief Wellbeing Officer

Book Published: May 2018
  • board roles ans responsibilities
  • Leadership & Change
  • happiness and wellbeing
  • CSR & Governance
Authors: Stephen P. MacGregor, Rory Simpson

In parallel with the emergence of the Chief Digital Officer to inform and co-ordinate organizations’ digital transformation, has been the realisation that the continuous change that digital transformation requires is exhausting and calls for a different mindset and culture of behaviours to manage sustainably. This new ‘sustainable’ approach is increasingly seen as not being a transactional model but a more human/relational one, and with that perspective on achieving employee health and happiness as the foundations of all successful organizations, the search for wellbeing begins…. and so...

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Transforming Nokia

Book Published: November 2018
  • Leadership & Change
  • Boards Roles Responsibilities
Authors: Risto Siilasmaa

Nokia is well-known as the company that spectacularly lost its dominant position as a mobile phone manufacturer by failing to recognize the change that Apple’s iPhone brought to the market. Along with Kodak and Blockbuster it is frequently cited as one of the great corporate failures of the digital age. But unlike Kodak and Blockbuster, Nokia has resurrected and reinvented itself - as one of the top players in the global digital communications infrastructure market. The company is a very different one to what it was….but then it started out making wood pulp in 1865, before going into...

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You Are Not Human

Book Published: September 2018
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Simon Lancaster

Words make the world go around. Almost nothing we would like to happen happens without some degree of communication. But how much do we know about the hidden power of good rhetoric? Metaphor has become a much explored theme in leadership recently, and Lancaster’s background as a speechwriter brings intimate knowledge of how to leverage metaphor in practice; his academic research brings deep knowledge of its use and influence through the ages from Ancient Greece to the modern day. As he makes clear, simile is when we liken one thing to another, which is far less powerful than metaphor,...

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Fair Talk

Book Published: March 2019
  • Leadership & Change
  • feedback
  • Organizational Culture
Authors: Sergey Gorbatov, Angela Lane

Amidst current pace and complexity, feedback has never been more important nor more difficult to craft. In an environment of disruption and adaptation leaders find themselves on quests to facilitate higher performance, greater engagement, and boosting the potential of the talent around them. Here, the authors draw on science and expert opinion to surface the myths that need debunked, present a feedback framework that fits today’s world, and take us through the step by step practices that can make a huge difference to the work of leadership and the shaping of organization culture.

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Bulletproof Problem Solving

Book Published: March 2019
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Operations
  • Boards Roles Responsibilities
Authors: Charles Conn and Robert McLean

The World Economic Forum has identified complex problem-solving as the key skill required of organizations in the 21t century, closely followed by critical thinking and creativity. However, the authors point out, none of these are ‘taught’ in the majority of standard formal education institutions, either at high school or universities. McKinsey, the leading strategy consultancy, has been using their Seven-Step Problem-Solving method internally to deliver client solutions for decades however, but it has never been explicitly shared externally. Charles Conn drafted the original internal...

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Host

Book Published: April 2014
  • Leadership & Change
  • Strategy
Authors: Mark McKergow and Helen Bailey

Leadership prowess is elusive, despite the enormous amount invested in it and written about it. This is partly because we require different types of leaders for different types of situation but tend to seek and act out a single leadership style, all too often the charismatic, strong, opinionated one. This inability is partly because we have few effective metaphors for leader that resonate with us, both telling us what they do and that we can relate to. Servant leader never quite rings true as a metaphor as we struggle to envisage leading as a servant; agile/adaptive leadership does not...

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Don't Forget the Competition - A Leaders' Reminder

April 2019

 

By Ben Gilad

 

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Don't Forget the Competition - A Leaders' Reminder

April 2019

By Ben Gilad

 

 

The External-Internal Divide is killing your company

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