Strategy is important, as every executive knows. But some are frightened by it because it requires them to make decisions that cut off other possibilities and options – so they fear that making the wrong decision could potentially wreck a career.
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Does the hierarchy of your organisation stifle innovation? That’s the question posed by David Burkus, writing for management website ChiefExecutive.net.
Writing for the HBR.org Blog Network, Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada, reveals that an executive on the verge of promotion to head a large global company recently approached him for advice on how to be effective as a new CEO. Martin offered the executive five recommendations.
Are you your employees’ worst enemy? That’s the question posed by Kannan Ramaswamy and William Youngdahl, writing for Strategy+Business. The authors insist that many leaders are inadvertently an obstacle to superior performance.
Companies such as Facebook, Google, Cisco and IBM not only offer shining examples of innovation – they are also models for strong corporate culture, writes Kispert for Chiefexecutive.net.
The majority of organisations are operating according to practices designed in the industrial era to maximise standardisation and top-down authority – and all of that has to change, according to Gary Hamel, Polly LaBarre and Michele Zanini, writing for Fortune, via Management Innovation eXchange.
According to Randy Komisar, writing for the HBR.org Blog Network, most of the time the best thing a manager can do is to get out of the way of the people actually doing the work. This is the principle behind what he calls “Minimally Invasive Management”.
Being a leader often means keeping some of your feelings and thoughts to yourself instead of sharing them with your employees, according to Geoffrey James, writing for Inc.com.
The author explores some of the most common thoughts that bosses frequently have but are best left unspoken:
The first three months for a new boss is a critical period, writes Matt Regan for Management Today. As the author points out, first impressions count, and a clear and realistic 100-day plan can help you prioritise your time in a key period.
One of the fundamental aspects of leadership is directing people’s attention – and to do so effectively, leaders first need to focus their own attention.
You might not be able to dictate corporate culture, says Ron Ashkenas on his HBR.org blog, but he insists you can influence it.
Ashkenas shares an old joke about a CEO who attends a presentation on corporate culture and then asks his head of HR to "get me one of those things".
The world mourned the passing of an iconic innovator when Apple’s Steve Jobs died in October 2011. There has been no shortage of articles on how business leaders can emulate the great man. But is that really possible, and will mimicking Jobs’ management style change your company for the better?
With the business environment now relying heavily on digital technology for communication, the importance of face-to-face management is emphasised by Jerry S. Wilson at Businessweek.com.
On Forbes.com, Sangeeth Varghese talks about the physiological aspect of leadership.
Varghese believes that leadership is not a trait one is born with, but instead is a skill that is built through a series of decisions made in response to defining moments.
Leadership strengths are discussed by Robert E. Kaplan and Robert B. Kaiser in Harvard Business Review.
The difficulty of taking on a new leadership role is discussed in Harvard Business Review by Mark E. Van Buren and Todd Safferstone.
According to Sangeeth Varghese writing for Forbes.com, leaders should educate themselves at every moment.
In an interview by Terry Waghorn on Forbes.com, leadership guru Kevin Cashman offers advice on staying ahead of change in tough times for business.
In Harvard Business Review, Jeffrey H. Dyer, Hal B. Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen discuss the five "discovery skills" that make true innovators stand out from the crowd.
On BusinessWeek.com, Rosabeth Moss Kanter of HarvardBusiness.org discusses how denial can prevent necessary change and describes four tools that can be used to defeat the deniers.
Those wishing to avoid or combat denial can make use of these:
The art of compassionate leadership is discussed by Susan Cramm in her blog for Harvard Business Review, where she argues that conveniently labelling employees is dangerous.
There’s an affliction you could be at risk of contracting. It affects many people in positions of power and the symptoms include “a tendency toward isolation, belief that you’re smarter than others, preference for loyalists, aversion to changing course even in the face of failure – and love of royal treatment”.
On Fortune, former Starbucks and Pathmark chief executive Jim Donald shares some tips for CEOs during hard times.
In an interview by Jennifer Reingold on CNN Money's Fortune, Malcolm Gladwell expounds on the theory explored in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success - that innate talent is not necessarily what sets legendary CEOs apart from ordinary workers and that the accepted view of the self-made man is a myth.