Terina Allen is writing here as a contributor to Forbes. She covers careers, professional advancement and leadership development, and is the CEO for ARVis Institute, a strategy, change, performance and human capital consulting firm. In this article Terina takes a look at what leaders say. Out of our mouths come things that expose our hearts, biases and often our weaknesses. Here’s to exposing weak leaders, and hopefully helping them be better.
As president and founder of the Forte Factor, Jay Forte speaks to thousands of CEOs and Talent Management / HR professionals each year. In this article he looks at what makes a leader people follow in our fast paced digital environment. In the industrial age, we prided our leaders on being direct, assertive and knowing all the answers. We needed them to be a strong central figure to help direct and orchestrate work, manage people and make things happen. When the workplace remained fairly static in what work was and how it was done, it was not only easier to accomplish, but also praised and, to an extent, appreciated.
No matter what stage your business is in, there are a few universal truths: people are one of your biggest expenses, company culture is critical, and your team needs clear goals. Alexa von Tobel is the founder and managing partner, of Inspired Capital (@alexavontobel) Here she gives her insights into what makes a successful offsite. This article first appeared at Inc.com and it came to our attention at Though Patrol, as well often provide content for Strategy Days and Retreats. We think this is worth a read before your next day away with the team.
The days of imperious, dictatorial CEOs who rule by fear and intimidation, backed by board of directors packed with “yes men” and cronies, may be soon over. There is a new trend emerging in the C-suite of corporations that is beneficial to employees and shareholders—CEOs are being shown the door when their questionable ethics pose a threat to the reputation, mission or growth of their companies. Activist investors, Wall Street, employees and the public are sending a sharp rebuke to the brilliant, but flawed CEOs—shape up or ship out. Here’s Jack Kelly’s article from Forbes.com
David Finkel is the Author of, ‘The Freedom Formula: How to Succeed in Business Without Sacrificing Your Family, Health, or Life’ @DavidFinkel Writing here for Inc.com David approaches one of our passions at Though Patrol; Culture! Creating a company culture that propels your business forward is one of the most worthwhile tasks a business owner can do. If done correctly, your employees will know how to handle tough situations with ease, without you having to micromanage them every step of the way. So here, David wanted to address one of the easiest (but often overlooked) things that you can do as a business owner to set your company culture in the right direction.
Scott Mautz is a Keynote speaker and author of Find the Fire’ and ‘Make It Matter’ @scott_mautz Writing here for Inc.com, he takes a look at leadership through the lens of Gallup research. We use the Gallup Clifton Strength Finder in all our Mentoring Programs, so we are already big believers in the insights big-data can provide. When it comes to discerning the behaviours and traits of the most successful people, there is no shortage of information available on the topic. And part of being a great leader is a continual improvement mindset, so learning from the right sources is vital, especially given how time-starved any leader is today. So when Scott learned that the polling and research giant Gallup had conducted a 50-year look at the most crucial, no-miss traits a successful leader must have, his eyes and ears lasered in.
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.