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Leadership

Caporal

Why leaders need to know the importance of followers and contexts

In The European Business Review, Barbara Kellerman argues that the outcomes of leadership teaching are greatly diminished if the essential and growing importance of followers and contexts is not properly recognised.

Kellerman sees leadership not as a person but as a system with three equally important components.

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Management

Aaron Burden

Why there really is no such thing as a bad idea

If you want groundbreaking ideas you should encourage your employees to challenge the consensus.

As a manager, consensus might make for an easier life, but you risk losing a potentially game-changing idea by fostering a herd mentality. “Humans fear being a fool much more than they hope to be a genius.”

Strategy

John Loker

How clear vision can boost the success of your business

A leader with foggy focus can lose their direction. So, how do you define your goals and keep your whole team on the same path?

It’s easy to be thrown off course as a new business leader. You seem to know where you’re heading then suddenly you find yourself being swayed by the grand ideas or passions of staff, customers or financial backers.

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Innovation

Collaboration is key to innovation

In an ever more digital and connected world, business leaders must collaborate to innovate.

Cisco’s ‘ecosystem innovation’ process differs from a more traditional form of collaboration between companies. Instead of research and development alliances Cisco’s process is designed to explore opportunities and develop and test solutions with end users in a short space of time.

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Entrepreneurship

Waiting for Spring by William Crozier

What every entrepreneur can learn from the farmer

Farmers have been running their own businesses for millennia, and have plenty to teach us.

“The qualities that help farmers prosper prove just as powerful for startup CEOs,” Tim Handorf, CEO of G2 Crowd, writes for Quartz. Handorf grew up on the family farm in Iowa, and he believes that the values instilled in him there have been integral to his success today.

 

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Marketing

Jiro Osuga

Do marketers need to be industry experts?

The move towards specialised marketing training is provoking a wider debate over the need for qualifications.

What skills and knowledge do you look for when hiring marketing executives? Do you favour candidates with generic, degree-level training? Can you see more benefit in them learning on the job, or would it be valuable to be versed in your industry before they even step through the door?

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