To be a great modern leader you must focus on communication and show some of these 5 attributes, writes Mike Smith.
By Mike Smith. What defines a great #leader
There is little argument that leadership is comprised of many facets. For many, leadership is the key aspect of a manager’s job—as well as a critical component of any directing function. Bart Tkaczyk offers an international research-based and practice-informed review of leadership.
By Bart Tkaczyk.
Many high performing senior managers, leaders and executives find themselves at some point in their careers faced with the challenge of leading a strategically critical, highly visible transformation program. The company needs to move in a new direction, a start-up must professionalize, product and service innovations must be accelerated, costs must be reduced, or competitive positioning can be strengthened. Whatever the business driver, the initiatives born from strategic calls to action will always change the status quo, and sometimes they’ll transform the organization in very significant ways. Designing and executing a strategic change or transformation program to realize mission-critical business objectives isn’t simple, familiar or easy, yet often times leaders with no previous experience leading big change are put in charge.
By Supriya Desai.
“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I.’ And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I.’ They don’t think ‘I.’ They think ‘we’; they think ‘team.’ They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.” –Peter Drucker
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Work is good. It adds meaning to our lives. But work that is Time-based instead of Results-based is antithetical to the true nature of work, and to being human.
By Chuck Blakeman. Work is something different than having a meaningless job for 8 hours a day….
Since the start of my career I’ve witnessed considerable change in the way that we work and how we manage our people. I’ve been lucky to work and experience some very different and contrasting industries, but I’ve generally found that whatever the nature of a business or organisation, they are rarely immune to change.
And change is happening faster than ever, right across the globe: environmental pressures, population growth, massive advancements in technology, and significant shifts in the demographic of the workforce to name just a few. In step with these, people’s aspirations and desires for their work are also changing. Of course this presents challenges, but many organisations also see it as a wonderful opportunity to create positive change and to start to build purpose-driven organisations that prioritise people and planet alongside profit.
An overview of New Ways of Working.
While Theodor Adorno was exiled in Los Angeles, he wroteThe Stars Down to Earth, a short book about the “pseudo-rationality” of mid-20th century American culture drawing on his study of “Astrological Forecasts,” the Los Angeles Times’s astrology column. Adorno uses the column to demonstrate how the capitalist culture industry in 1950s America sold quasi-scientific posturing to help an audience “excluded from educational privileges” nonetheless feel in the know.
Big data doesn’t forecast the future but remakes the present in the image of down-to-earth stereotypes.
By Robin James
The next strategic inflexion point for software application development today is the Internet of Things (IoT); at least that’s what people say. It is hugely fashionable just now to “partner on an IoT initiative” and you will see these tech industry love-ins cropping up every week now.
But do all these firms think about what programmers in the IoT zone really need at the heart of the matter and are we forgetting the real secret locked inside? After all, the secret to the IoT is just “data” itself, isn’t it?
By Adrian Bridgewater. With cloud hosted analytics and algorithms that are accessible by digital sensors and devices, actions like process updates, event responses and machine behavior can then be implemented says John Bates, global head of industry solutions and CMO at Software AG. “The key to successfully addressing the IoT market is the ability to rapidly build and evolve apps that tap into, analyze and make smart decisions on fast, big data”
When we consider the most important communication skills forleaders, we generally focus on the transmitting side of communication. Leaders work to develop their skills for speaking to diverse audiences, selling a message or vision, and managing performance. The other side of communications, receiving, is often overlooked. Yet, if leaders want to be effective, they must develop the art of listening.
By Kristi Hedges – #Listening, a critiical skill that’s getting lost.
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