An article by Scott Mautz a Keynote speaker and author of ‘Find the Fire’, caught our eye this week at Thought Patrol. ‘@scott_mautz’ Scott noted that Microsoft is on a roll again under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella. Scott gave a gave a keynote address at their Redmond, Washington, headquarters in June and was struck by a conversation he had with a few Microsoft leaders at a dinner reception after his talk. They were telling him they’d been doing a lot of hiring of late (given the pace of growth that Microsoft has been experiencing). Scott was curious about what they were looking for in new hires, and what criteria were most important for a job candidate to demonstrate to increase their chances of being hired. Their answer caught his and our attention.
Mark Bilton, former global Group MD of Gloria Jean’s Coffees, is on a mission to humanise the workplace and reframe what it means to be a leader.
As MD of Thought Patrol, a leadership advisory business, Mark’s advice is highly sought after by current and aspiring leaders alike. Mark visited Deloitte to host an Innovating with Impact session, during which explained how to unlock our potential as leaders of the future – by adopting ways of working fit for a new age. Following the session, we caught up with Mark to ask him a few questions, read on for our Q&A.
Here at Thought Patrol, we’re big Marcel Schwantes fans! He’s the Founder and Chief Human Officer, of Leadership From the Core. @MarcelSchwantes. We also get that sometimes it’s the soft sounding leadership traits that are actuallty the most potent in commercial reality. This article originally appeared in Inc.com and tackles the seemingly soft sounding leadership trait of ‘compassion’. Compassion is a word often used to describe how to approach relationships between family and friends — but should it have a place in your work relationships, too? While some industries favor a more rigid corporate structure, it’s been argued that showing compassion in the workplace is increases employee retention, decreases stress, and even improves health.
In their book, Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People, authors Jeffrey Pfeffer and Charles O’Reilly claim that there is mounting evidence that delegating more responsibility for decision making increases productivity, morale, and commitment, all of which impact company culture. A 2015 Gallup study of the entrepreneurial talents of 143 CEOs on the Inc. 500 list showed that companies run by executives who effectively delegate authority grow faster, generate more revenue, and create more jobs.
To be an effective leader, you also have to be an effective delegator—but that can be easier said than done.
Stephanie Vozza writing here for FastCompany.com deals with an issue we all face as leaders, as she explores Dana Brownlee’s approach to delegation. We all know that we should delegate, but something in us always finds to hard to let go. Here’s a why to ensure it’s done well and we can delegate with more confidence.
John Eades is an author, podcaster, and the CEO of LearnLoft. In this article written for Inc.com he tackles the inevitability of failure in leadership, and how we can learn form our mistakes. It’s authentic approach to the real world of leadership and failure ticked a lot of boxes for us, here at Thought Patrol. For business leaders, failure is going to happen. As nice as it would be to have a smooth, easy path to success as a business leader, failure is an inevitable part of the process. Walt Disney’s first animation studio ended in bankruptcy. Sara Blakely couldn’t get a manufacturer to take her Spanx clothing line seriously for years.