Planning Doesn’t Have to Be the Enemy of Agile

Alessandro Di Fiore, writing here for HBR, has tackled the misnomer that agile is somehow lest robust, or that planning is obsolete in an agile strategic planning approach such as Stragile. She points out that many say, “Now, strategic planning has fallen out of favor. In the face of relentless technological change, disruptive forces in industry after industry, global competition”, and so on, planning seems like pointless wishful thinking. Alessandro argues the counter.

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Great Leaders Serve Their Teams.

Honoured to be interviewed by Asia Pacific Associate Editor, for Entrepreneur.com Aashika Jain. In this article I cover what makes a good leader and why culture is so important. Enjoy!

Great Leaders Only Serve Their Teams says This Leadership Advisor  You are only as good as the people around you, says Mark Bilton. Leading 40 countries as the Group Managing Director of one of the most popular coffee chains in the world is no cake walk. When it comes to culture, strategy and transformational change, Mark Bilton raises his hand as among the best in the world.

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Google Says The Best Managers Have These 10 Qualities

Beginning in 2008, Google researchers wanted to understand what makes a manager great at Google. Google sought to identify the common threads among Google’s highest performing managers. Based on internal research, Google then applied its findings to its manager development programs. Over time, Google found that by publicizing and training managers on these central principles, Google experienced improved team outcomes such as turnover, satisfaction and performance. Zack Friedman is Founder & CEO of Make Lemonade, a personal finance comparison site, here is his take on what works for Google.

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A CEO’s Guide to Reenergising the Senior Team.

In today’s tough and fast-changing environment, CEOs must help their top leaders to work through fear and denial and to learn new rules. When business conditions change as dramatically as they have in the past year, CEOs need to be able to rely on their best leaders to adapt quickly. But what should they do when their strongest executives seem unable to play a new game? The costs—organizational drift, missed opportunities, unaddressed threats—are so big that it’s tempting to replace leaders who are suffering from paralysis. But this is a mistake when, as is often the case, these executives possess valuable assets, such as superior market knowledge, relationships, and organizational savvy, that are difficult to replace.

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Get Real: It’s The Only Kind Of Leadership That Works

The word authenticity is derived from the same Greek word as author. Becoming an authentic leader requires day-to-day focus and lifelong commitment to self-discovery. Many executive coaching programs seem to emphasize personality more than character. People are often coached on how to act instead of how to be. This charm school approach produces only superficial, short-term results. With sufficient stress, all the old patterns usually return.

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