I recently had the privilege of speaking to a group of six- and seven-year old’s in my granddaughter’s grade 1 class. The topic was what it was like when I was growing up. One bit of trivia I relayed to them was that doonas had not been invented when I was a kid. I asked them how they thought we kept warm? Their answers were surprising. “Did you light a fire?” one student asked. “Did you use animal skins?” said another.… Read more
Michael confronted the gossip mongers. He tried negotiating with them, to blunt their campaign of undermining and disinformation. He had warned them of the consequences if they continued and could not work out their differences. When they persisted, he invited them to a meeting with the CEO, where he challenged them to substantiate the comments that they had made behind his back.
At first, they denied that they had been behaving in a way that was inconsistent with the company values of honesty and integrity, which they had all pledged to uphold.… Read more
Sean told people what they wanted to hear. Sure he could provide the report by the end of the week. No problem to deliver the project by the end of the month. But very often he did not meet his promised deadlines.
He had good reasons; emergencies, shifting priorities, balancing demands from other clients. But much to his dismay, his reputation began to suffer because his clients did not trust him. He was committed to providing value for them and the business.… Read more
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