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Nina trains executives and most of them are of the opinion that their biggest challenge is other people’s behavior. Does it sound familiar?
Change your reaction
How you respond to someone’s behavior makes a huge difference. Many times a person initiates a negative message or difficult attitude, just to trigger a response from you. If you react, you actually give them what they want. So stop the cycle of negative snowballing and sell them short on what they’re looking for by simply not responding.
Do universities care too much about what students and parents want and give students better grades than they deserve? The Economist takes a quick look at how it works at Ivy League universities:
The video speaks for itself. We have the same phenomena going on in Europe. Even at high schools. Isn’t it better to give students the grades they have earned? Is there a danger that education will lose impact and other qualities becoming more important for succeeding in business? Anna Tavis, head of talent and development at Brown Brothers Harriman is of that opinion.
Do you believe that grades are being inflated to please everyone? Should the best students be disappointed because their grades don’t sho...Read More
Global experience is more important than education when it comes to succeeding in business, according to Anna Tavis, head of talent and development at Brown Brothers Harriman. If she is right, not only will the way global businesses are run change drastically, a different kind of people will be in charge. Devote 4 minutes to watching her explain her ideas to Harvard:
According to Anna Tavis, the requirements of today’s global market place has changed and the traditional success formula of education will no longer open up opportunities. It’s taken for granted that you are educated. But what else do you have to offer?
Globalisation of talent
People looking for talent for global organisations are on the lookout for a different profile than in the past, she says and adds that they now rec...Read More
The Warren Buffetts and Bill Gates of this world are often described as just lucky. But is that really the secret behind their success?Watch Morten Hansen, management professor at UC Berkeley and Insead, describe the charachteristics of leaders that make their organisations thrive in times of chaos and uncertainty:
Hansen studied high performing leaders and what he found goes against what we commonly believe about successful leadership.
Bold & visionary leaders a thing of the past?
That’s the case according to Hansen. He brings up people like Bill Gates as prime examples of great leaders. Apparently Gates had no vision at all, in fact he was often wrong in his predictions.
Outstanding leaders instead create a future for their empirical trials...Read More
Get the flexibility to take initiatives, innovate at all levels and at the same time thrive at what you are already good at. Sounds too good to be true? Bruce Harreld, Faculty Chair at Harvard is all for that way of operating. He will tell you why in this really short video:
Simply put it’s not enough to look at what you are already good at and ignore potential new areas. Ambidextrous individuals hence drive leadership and take initiatives beyond the confines of their job.
When companies are ambidextrous they are able to adapt to new opportunities and at the same time have alignment around their existing activities. And, this is crucial, they allow leadership to emerge from all levels in the organisation.
Common sense – but frequently ignored
The economic crisis has had a positive impac...Read More
The majority of people either panic or ignore the possibility that a crisis is developing. But that needs to change, unless we want doomsday scenarios to manifest in the future. Watch this really interesting short video with David J. Ellwood, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, talking to The World Economic Forum about redesigning risk response:
Why do we see a crisis coming, sometimes even have the solution, but as human beings, or nations, seem unable to do anything about it? Why don’t we act but opt for worrying or ignoring the issues? By doing so, these crises could develop into catastrophes.
One reason is that we are short-sighted and blame others. Another is how businesses react if they know that they will be asked to make a sacrifice to sort out the problem...Read More
If you are a start-up challenging an industry giant, that’s the way to succeed. Watch this short video outlining Harvard Professor Clay Christensen’s landmark theory:
The video speaks for itself. Or as one commenter put it: “Fantastic HBR explanation on the strategies that small companies use to disrupt larger companies. For large companies to fight back, they need to treat new initiatives as mini start-ups.”
Do you ask yourself what jobs customers need done? Are you segmenting customers by what they want done and not by size, products or demographics? Have you thought about developing basic low-cost solutions? Do you agree with Professor Christensen that disruptive innovation create new markets and re-shape existing ones? Is this the best way to create growth for a start-up with giant...Read More
Complicated strategies often fail. Watch this short video with Donald Sull, London Business School professor, telling Harvard how by asking three questions you can break down complex strategies into simple steps that make a difference:
Strategies are important. But sometimes even great strategies have absolutely no impact on an organisation. And unfortunately the problem is often the strategy itself. It’s too complicated and has to be simplified.
Can you remember the strategy?
If not, how can it make a difference? To be remembered a strategy has to be understood. And for that to happen, it has to be simple. Any strategy that’s too complicated to execute will fail...Read More
Lately we have witnessed some terrible leadership. Can’t help wondering why some of the worst leaders get followers? Maybe Gareth Jones, London Business School fellow, has the answer? Watch this short Harvard video with him outlining what gives leaders loyal followers:
The current lack of fait in leaders is lamentable. Gareth Jones is absolutely right when he states that “if we lose faith in our political and economic institutions, we are in deep trouble”, and adds that we need great performance from our leaders.
Effective leadership excite people to exceptional performance
His definition applies not only to businesses, but politics, schools, hospitals and all other areas of life.
Leadership has been studied for about 150 years, and according to Gareth Jones, mainly asked the wrong quest...Read More