Are you part of a learning organisation? If so, you are in good company with businesses like Microsoft and Amazon. But when companies commit to creating a learning culture, an often-forgotten piece of the puzzle is the development of managers. New evidence from job market analytics company Burning Glass Technologies, found that management skills “represent one of the biggest skills gaps in the job market” and that managers have larger skills gaps than the people they manage.… Read more
Colin was tipped out in a reshuffle. He was not sure how to start rebuilding his career, particularly to take things in a new direction. He had a reputation as a reliable technology leader, but he wanted to break into a more strategic role where he could make a bigger difference. He was passionate about what it takes to build sustainable high growth firms. He had learned through his global experience that the key to doing it successfully was to have a great team.… Read more
Rita has always prioritised investing in people around her. Even now as a senior executive in a demanding role, she finds the time in her busy schedule for the people around her. Sometimes it is with one of her team members or she may meet with colleagues in other parts of the business. Very often she spends time with people outside her own organisation. She invests by connecting people with mutual interests. She offers her insights for those seeking career advice.… Read more
When Kate joined the leadership team, she compared herself with her male colleagues who all appeared confident and knew what they were talking about. On the other hand, she was often in the grip of self-doubt. She privately concluded that she did not measure up to their standards. Like many of us, she took the worst view of herself and the best of others to arrive at her conclusion.
It is easy to be seduced into thinking that everything is high-priority and must have your attention now. But game-changing leaders have a laser-like focus on the number one thing that is going to make the biggest difference to achieving their objectives. Ken knew that if he did not turn around the relationship with his key business unit clients, he would be shown the door and his IT Department would quite possibly be outsourced.… Read more