Posts Categorized: Leadership

Four “ok, bad and ugly” methods of leadership (and how to avoid them).

August 7 2014

  Reviewing leader performance – always astounding After posting recently on LinkedIn on the theme of transformational leadership, and finding a huge level of interest in the topic and some brilliant feedback on the post, I’m prompted to explore a little deeper, picking up just a couple of the themes that came through in the comments. I wanted to outline what might be happening when things go wrong for a leader, and how this can show up as an under-use… Read more »

An evil plan – not one of the 5 key characteristics of effective leadership!

July 29 2014

Bad news does travel. At a recent breakfast meeting I chatted with a CEO who reflected, uncomfortably but critically, on another leader in his field. This other CEO is apparently losing the respect of peers through behaviours that clash significantly with the respected culture and values of their industry. My companion felt (quite correctly) that even a half-good recruitment process would have pointed out some of the potential dangers of this appointment in advance. To deepen the problem, the board… Read more »

Can you triple performance using organisational health?

April 17 2014

We’ve always thought there must be a great success secret somewhere, and here it is in the form of a recipe! But how do you know you have the right formula? McKinsey’s latest research from more than 800 organisations globally might just reveal the answer.   New research by Mckinsey suggests that the performance payoff from organisational health is unexpectedly large. Companies have four distinct “recipes” to achieve it. Performance-based organisational health is the capacity to deliver superior financial and operating performance –… Read more »

Is there a secret to motivating others?

October 31 2013

It’s a classic conundrum. If the only really successful form of motivation is intrinsic (where a person motivates themselves) how can leaders effectively motivate anyone else at all? This is often a real challenge for new managers, as they find themselves having to achieve success through a team’s effort for the first time in their career.The transformational/transactional leadership model actually addresses this very problem. In a way it’s all about motivation.When you use transformational leadership, you tap into people’s desire… Read more »