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.
Creating an environment that is engaging drives a productive culture. That’s what we believe here at Thought Patrol. Here’s an article by the ABC News Team about a recent study by ‘Reventure’ showing that loneliness is having an impact at work. The study has three key findings; A staggering 37 per cent of workers feel lonely at work. The Gig economy, and tech advances are being blamed for people feeling disconnected and that workers will leave jobs as a result.
Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart. This column originally appeared at LinkedIn. Here at Thought Patrol we always listen to what Travis has to say, and hold in great regard his insights. Here he has assembled some wisdom for us to apply in those areas we often don’t want to address. There are disciplines that bear fruit that are uncomfortable at the time.
Larry Robertson is an innovation advisor, writing here for Inc.com. Here at Thought Patrol we specialise in helping leaders operate well in a VUCA environment. Larry points out that our perspective is key. In 2018, DDI, The Conference Board, and EY conducted their 8thGlobal Leadership Study. More than 28,000 leaders at all organizational levels, in dozens of sectors, and from across the world were surveyed, including 1,500 C-Suite executives. The results were both stunning and telling. Of those highest-ranking leaders, 84% described the environment in which their organizations operate and compete as “increasingly disruptive.”
Statements like these may seem harmless enough, but when used frequently they will set your culture back a long way according to Marla Tabaka writing here for Inc. These statments may look innocuous enough but they can be indicative of a deeper problem and if not addressed could be damaging to a positive productive culture.
Marcel Schwantes is a speaker, executive coach, podcaster, and syndicated columnist drawing over a million readers per month worldwide to his thought-leadership. @MarcelSchwantes He is one of our favourite writers here at Thought Patrol. Marcel has taken some robust Harvard research and challenges our perception of successful leadership. We believe vulnerability, transparency and authenticity go a long way to creating effective leadership. This research and Marcel’s article seems to conform this thinking.
Thought Patrol Comment: As leaders we all face the problem of dealing with negative team members. Here’s some practical ways you can address this in a way that aligns with a good culture and positive engagement principles.
Jeff Gothelf is an organizational designer and executive coach. He co-founded Neo Innovation in New York City and helped build it into one of the most recognized brands in modern product strategy, development and design. He is the co-author of Sense and Respond (HBR Press) and Lean UX (O’Reilly). He’s well equipped to comment on why HR needs to be Agile. We ate Thought Patrol are big on building Agile into all aspects of a company. Jeff writing for HBR here, shows how important Agile in HR is in execution of both Strategic an Operational imperatives.
Find me a company where people love their work, and I’ll show you those same people willingly and enthusiastically following their leaders to achieve excellence. There is an intrinsic causal relationship between great leadership, engagement and productivity. If you have low productivity, look to your leaders! We really like the way Marcel Shwantes, @MarcelShwantes thinks and writes. This article from Inc is no exception.
These are turbulent times. The news cycle is too fast. Climate change is wreaking havoc with fires, floods, and droughts. Rising inequality and political unrest have brought polarization and violence. Technology is disruptive and markets are volatile. How do you lead through such acceleration and uncertainty?
A new book offers a recipe for how to reset your business to last a hundred years. Maureen Kline, writing here for Inc, takes a look at a new book that wrestles with the need for adaptation and sustainable thinking.