Jim Collins' observations in this LI post are true, simple and powerful, but too often lacking: https://bit.ly/AspireMCL051 Great teams do not just fall into place: they are the result of intentional effort and smart application. The 5 Behaviours is an excellent tool which provides a framework for such development. Ian became a certified facilitator several years ago and has used it to good effect at all levels in diverse sectors (check the 'Testimonials' page). A short (<4 m
If there is one skill that leaders and businesses are going to need in ever-increasing measure, it is adaptability. This excellent article by McKinsey gives practical guidance on how to do build 'adaptability muscle': https://bit.ly/AspireMCL095 As the authors note, though, "Just when leaders need fresh thinking and decisiveness, they tend to fall back on tried-and-true ways." This is not a new phenomenon: Kotter identified this tendency as one of the 8 main reasons why so m
I have often noted how trust is the foundation of any long-lasting, high-performance board or team. This excellent article by HBR asks the questions: How much do you really trust your team, and how much do they trust you? It then provides some ideas for building trust levels in various areas: https://bit.ly/AspireMCL091 At heart, healthy, trusting relations stem from a proper understanding of ourselves and others (motivations, preferred behaviours, reactions to conflict, etc.
Even after Covid, remote teams will be here to stay. In reality, the lockdown only accelerated an already clear trend towards remote and homeworking. Doubtless, many lessons will have been learnt over the last year or so, but do you have a plan to boost the effectiveness of your remote staff? This insightful article from Gallup provides a guide to the questions that should be asked and the steps that can be taken to maximise your chances of success: http://bit.ly/AspireMCL063
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Good article from Core Strengths about managing conflict in the workplace: https://www.corestrengths.com/managing-conflict-workplace/ It is difficult to overestimate the importance of fostering a culture of healthy and open debate when making a decision, but it remains elusive for many organisations. Often, time-pressed executives will push the 'discussion' to their pre-selected answer. Even when there is a genuine desire for more input, just asking for challenges frequently
Ian was delighted to have been interviewed by Chris Kirkby (no relation) of 'The 23' on leadership traits, boosting organisational health, building great teams and coping with the increasing mental demands of leading in the modern world. This is a useful summary Aspire's approach in these areas and has some good, practical tips you can start to apply immediately. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/AspireMCL11-1 #leadershipdevelopment #organisationalhealth #teambuilding #boarddy
The business benefits of having engaged employees (basically those who are excited about and committed to their work), have been well known for decades. However, progress towards improving the state of play in this area has been lamentably slow. I am convinced that a key reason for this is that too many managers lack the leadership skills necessary to motivate their teams. It is not that they are inherently bad people (mostly!); they just don't know how to lead. Add to that t