Sunday Times – Future CEO Supplement – Why inclusive leaders must give workers a voice

Sunday Times – Future CEO Supplement – Why inclusive leaders must give workers a voice

The chief executive’s role is changing from the traditional command and control approach to one of inclusive and purposeful leadership - Marianne Curphey discusses this issue with leading experts (abridged). Business has changed fundamentally and, while returns to shareholders remain a priority for the chief executive, this has to be paired with a greater emphasis on sustainability and purpose. The role of a CEO has become that of a chameleon, says Tom Johnson, chief digital officer, global clients, at WPP’s Mindshare. (more…)...
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Is your Manager Confident or Cowardly?

Is your Manager Confident or Cowardly?

It’s been bandied around professional publications for some time now that many organisations are scrapping the appraisal scheme. Whilst this may be great news for some, it still presents many questions.  What are they going to be replaced with?  How will learning needs be agreed and identified?  If pay is linked with performance, how will this be decided?  But of equal importance, how will people know how their performance is perceived by others? (more…)...
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How Leadership Teams can Obstruct Business Transformation

How Leadership Teams can Obstruct Business Transformation

I often work with leadership teams helping them with their business transformation. When I do, I am reminded of the Govindarajan and Trimble ‘Three Box Solution’ which is still a very relevant tool kit for an age old problem. Innovation guru Vijay Govindarajan explains the problem in his 2016 book - How do you meet the performance requirements of the existing business—one that is still thriving—while dramatically reinventing it? Key Leadership Tasks for Business Transformation He suggests three things that a forward thinking CEO or key leadership team must do: (more…)...
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The Sunshine Yellow Leader

What's it like to be a Sunshine Yellow Leader? The Sunshine Yellow Leader is will radiate enthusiasm and encourage participation of others.   They enjoy and seek the company of others and are full of ideas and plans for the future and will welcome change. Sunshine Yellow energy is characterised by the following adjectives: Sociable Dynamic Demonstrative Enthusiastic Persuasive Expressive The Sunshine Yellow leader will definitely know where they are going and will be able to paint compelling pictures of new possibilities, through words but equally with coloured pens/paints which they may well stick on the wall for all to see, but may not possibly know how they are going to get there (or may not even be clear about where they are right now!). They establish positive and effective relationships with many and are likely to inject energy and optimism with those they engage with. They are honest (sometime too honest!) and if their words don't tell you what they are thinking often their body language...
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