You are in a important meeting debriefing the team about how to win the next big contract and here you have a team member who is asking stupid questions or reducing the depth of thought by cracking jokes, what do you do? Throw him out, or continue as it is? And sacking the employee is [...]
Change management is an amalgamation of art and science and requires a combination of both people and system-focused skills. Depending on the kind of change being undertaken, different skills will come into play. The key skills needed you will need to be a change master are
“…A good leader does not become so based on what he says. He becomes so based on what he does. Followers or peers will watch you and make impression about your leadership ability based on your actions and not on your speeches. Any ‘saying-doing gap’ and the leader will lose credibility. Gandhi will remain as one of the best leaders in world’s history as there was no saying-doing gap.
Its easy to get cynical and believe that successful people are political or sell out, suck up, stab people in the back, use their contacts and so on. The facts are dramatically different from this;
Leading is sophisticated and sometimes difficult task; leading from a distance appears to be even more so because of the extra complexity introduced by the remote context. This is both a good news/ bad news situation.
Known weaknesses won’t get you into as much trouble as your blind spot would, for you can loop around and compensate for your known weakness. In case of a blind spot, you are completely unprepared and at your wits to tackle the blizzard as and when it hits you in the face.
For long the task of developing leaders has been outsourced to the Human Resources department, save a few most of them have spent millions of dollars without any fruitful results. Leadership is an experience and it would be naïve to assume that by attending classroom lectures one can master it, as many researchers say, leadership [...]
Leadership remains an enigma for most of the employees, prescriptions abound ranging from how to dress up, to using Freud’s psychoanalytic tools. Now all these look good on the paper, but falter while being implemented by the employee on the ground. So what can you do in day-to-day work and still be on the leadership [...]
If you have an idea, act on it fast. Think it through, work with friends to grow it, and the rest will follow. Invest in people – help them grow – as professionals and individuals - and they will be your biggest equity. During an entrepreneurial journey, you shouldn’t be afraid of making a wrong choice or taking a risk. Once you have taken a decision, don’t regret it, but learn from it and grow. Trust your instincts, if you don't no one else will.
Over the years I have met scores of senior executives, one question that I would get from them every year would be – “ What’s the best way to give feedback to my super stars on their performance, they are already on cloud nine.” Managers want to recognise their stars and help them do even [...]
With over 20,000 books and millions of articles about the critical elements of leadership and its overall impact, the issue of leadership really must be important to organisations. Most organizations have lavish budgets and allot lots of time and effort on improving employee and manager capabilities and also nurturing new leaders. In the USA itself, [...]
"Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder," writes Sheryl Sandberg in her new book, "Lean In" which prompts women to take up leadership roles in corporate organizations. It is an acknowledged fact that women have to face unique challenges and struggles while developing a style of leadership at the workplace. For women who aspire [...]
Last month, I went to Omaha for the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting. It’s always a lot of fun, and not just because of the ping-pong matches and the newspaper-throwing contest I have with Warren Buffett. It’s also fun because I get to learn from Warren and gain insight into how he thinks. Here are three things [...]
There are many roads to success, however there are some commonalities between what the most successful people say every day. Jeff points out what most successful people say every day. If you want to make a huge difference in someone's life? Here are things you should say every day to your employees, colleagues, family members, [...]
Some of you may have watched the iconic American Movie Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet .The Sinking of the Titanic provides invaluable lessons of leadership. “We have struck iceberg … sinking fast … come to our assistance.” On a cold evening in 1912 that message came blistering across the airwaves. Before they tapped the last bit of Morse code, those [...]