“We all enjoy a good story, whether it’s a novel, a movie or simply something one of our friends is explaining to us that they’ve experienced. But why do we feel so much more engaged when we hear a narrative about events?It’s in fact quite simple. If we listen to a powerpoint presentation with boring bullet points, a certain part in the brain gets activated. Scientists call this Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area. Overall, it hits our language processing parts in the brain, where we decode words into meaning. And… Read more What storytelling does to our brains →
“There are two ways that [organisations] can come to a big decision. When an employee has a great idea, some [organisations] can turn it into action quickly. Others, however, need to turn the idea into a presentation, vote on it by committee, clear it with [senior leadership], subject it to focus groups, and take other time-consuming steps. If you can’t make a decision within a timely manner, something is wrong with you.” Here are two key steps that help you make faster decisions.
“How do you build a culture? Most cultures are not just the accumulation of “human nature.” If that were true, then all corporate cultures would be the same. A company’s culture is the product of people’s shared experiences. The problem is, most of those experiences are not designed to create a deliberate culture. Instead, the result is an accidental culture. You have it in your power to create new experiences to build that deliberate culture.” Learn more: Lessons from the Road: Build Culture Deliberately.
You can’t create an open and transparent company culture overnight. Here are three decisions you need to make early on: Give up the isolated office Be open to bad news Be transparent via 3 Decisions That Lead to an Open Culture | Inc.com.
How would your team answer? “This poll asks: How predictable is your leadership style? My team always knows what to expect from me and how I lead: 29% Most of the time I’m predictable, but I occasionally surprise people: 68% I’m mostly unpredictable, and my team reacts to my shifts in style: 1% I’m completely unpredictable, and my style is not clear to most others: 2% People don’t like surprises at work. Being predictable in how you lead enables your team to focus on their work rather than wondering how you’ll react… Read more How predictable is your leadership style? →
Young leaders are full of piss and vinegar because they haven’t failed enough. Old leaders look down their noses and think, “You’ll smarten up after you get knocked down a few times.” Old leaders feel superior to young leaders because young leaders haven’t paid their dues. Young leaders devalue the value of experience when they think, “Paying your dues is over-rated.” Young leaders don’t appreciate what old leaders put on the line to support them. When young leaders screw up, they don’t realize they diminish the prestige of those who… Read more Why Young Leaders Drive Old Leaders Crazy | Leadership Freak →
“After years of collaborating in efforts to advance the practice of leadership and cultural transformation, we’ve become convinced that organizational change is inseparable from individual change. Simply put, change efforts often falter because individuals overlook the need to make fundamental changes in themselves. Building self-understanding and then translating it into an organizational context is easier said than done, and getting started is often the hardest part. We hope this article helps leaders who are ready to try and will intrigue those curious to learn more.” http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/leading_in_the_21st_century/change_leader_change_thyself
Three thing leaders need to focus on: an inward focus a focus on others an outward focus He writes “Focusing inward and focusing on others helps leaders cultivate emotional intelligence. Focusing outward can improve their ability to devise strategy, innovate, and manage organizations.” via The Triple Focused Leader.