Leadership

Leading in a crisis

A Framework for Leading in a Crisis To call these unprecedented times is a euphemism. Nobody has ever experienced what we are experiencing now in businesses across the world. I am continuing to do what I have been doing for...

Leadership

“Life, work, play and love”

The Top 5 Business Words I have a bit of a problem with the fifth suggestion to be part of my list of the top five business words. When I was drafting the list I actually wrote down the word...

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In 2020, are we really that different?

People are People I have been talking a lot recently about how leadership in 2020 needs to be fundamentally different than what it was a decade or two ago. And I genuinely believe that to be the case. I believe...

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Becoming a leader – it doesn’t happen by accident

A New Start In last week’s blog I wrote about the start of the new year, the new decade and perhaps a new era. I also said that success starts with gaining the specific knowledge that you need, so that...

People

Are you good at employing Great People?

Recruiting the Best Recruitment problems are at epidemic proportions. It has always been a challenge for ambitious and expanding businesses but without a doubt this is the complaint that I am hearing most frequently at the moment. It shouldn’t be...

Leadership

Cream of the crop or scraping the barrel?

On being a Top Boss 2 Being a boss has never been easy. Having responsibility for others is not easy. Achieving business objectives through people is not easy and I would argue that it isn’t getting any easier either. It...

Leadership

Are your plans and performance visible?

Rockefeller Habits # 10 The company’s plans and performance are visible to everyone. Habit 10 often tests some beliefs and prejudices because it is quite clear in its demands. Everyone in the business, yes, everyone from the cleaner to the...

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“Does your business have a scoreboard”?

Rockefeller Habits # 9 9. All employees can answer quantitatively whether they had a good day or week Scale up or not, this is one of those golden questions that every boss should ask and know the answer to. I...

Leadership

Are your Core Values alive in your business?

Rockefeller Habits #7 7. Core Values and Purpose are “alive” in the organisation. Every constituency of people will have their own, unique Core Values. Those core values are usually implicit, rather than explicit but they will exist. Values are the...

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“How much do you value customer feedback?”

Rockefeller Habits #6 6. Reporting and analysis of customer feedback data is as frequent and accurate as financial data. Last time we looked at Rockefeller Habit 5 which was that employee input is regularly collected, analysed and acted upon. Rockefeller...

People

“Do you have a healthy culture within your business?”

The Seven Attributes of The CEO #6 It is difficult to think of anyone rising to the position of CEO without attribute 6, because attribute 6 relates to accountability: the ability and willingness to take responsibility and get things done....

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