Posts Tagged ‘Leadership Development’

Encouraging employees to view the business through the ‘eyes of the owner’

Imagine you are the ‘leader at the top’ in your organisation and you’re standing at a crossroads. You’re wondering precisely how it is you got this far. You’re a long way from the start. You’ve enjoyed the journey so far and you’ve been aware of the direction you’ve been travelling in. Although it all seemed to be a lot simpler when you first started out. You feel the hundred or so pairs of eyes staring at you from behind. They’re waiting for you to make a move. They’re waiting to follow. After all, you’ve brought them this far. But the [...]

Posted by john on May 16th, 2013 under Business Strategy, Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey Tags: , , , ,  •  No Comments

Lessons from the Pharaohs – producing a culture statement

The Pyramids, despite the popular misconception to the contrary, were not built by slaves but by highly skilled craftsmen including masons, carpenters, plasterers and painters. Egyptians believed in the pursuit of excellence and were very proud of the quality of their work. Again in contrast to the images depicted by Hollywood filmmakers over the years, a slave system did not exist in Egypt. A form of national service prevailed throughout the kingdom and it was viewed as an honour to work on behalf of the Pharaoh. In matters of Egyptian law, women enjoyed an equal status with men. They were [...]

Posted by john on April 25th, 2013 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development, Lessons from the Pharaohs, The Business Growth Journey Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Obtaining employee commitment to ‘Ownership’ on the business growth journey

Ownership is one of the six important areas of strategic and operational focus included in our winning (formula)® framework. Understanding what is meant by Ownership, the link with the execution of the strategy and the behaviours and activities required to realise the vision for the business form part of the leadership role on the business growth journey. It is linked to the need for consistent contribution from everyone in the business to the plans for growth for the organisation. It also describes the leadership approach to developing personal accountability throughout the workplace. Ownership is an important stage for your organisation on [...]

Posted by john on April 10th, 2013 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Leadership fire-extinguishers don’t work in a growing business

Steering an organisation on its unique growth journey is one of the biggest personal challenges facing all leaders. Although the end goal, the destination may stay the same, the conditions experienced on the journey will be different within six months, and different again within a year. Why? Because internal and external issues and events will constantly change the commercial landscape in which the organisation operates in. Think of your own organisation or any business for that matter and consider the number and variety of issues facing leaders and managers on a daily basis. Internally, recruiting and retaining talent is important. Engaging [...]

Posted by john on March 11th, 2013 under Leadership Development, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Six popular guiding principles for large group organisations

Culture and values are the two most common terms used by fast growing organisations to describe the behaviours required by employees to perform on the business growth journey. Many other organisations prefer to use the term ‘guiding principles’. There is a difference. Culture is often described ‘as the way we do things around here’ – simply put it refers to a broad range of behaviours expected of each individual in the business e.g. treating colleagues and others with respect at all times. Values describe the ‘personality of an organisation’ and usually can be summarised by two or three words e.g. [...]

Posted by john on March 2nd, 2013 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

The Cultural Architect – a new 21st century leader on the business growth journey

Leaders ‘exist at the top’ in most organisations. Generally speaking they are classed as senior managers and because of their status or seniority are often viewed as the natural leaders in the organisation. However, in fast-growing organisations leaders emerge at other levels in the organisation. Some are middle or junior managers. Some are not. We call them Cultural Architects – leaders without authority. Cultural Architects are outstanding individuals who influence, motivate and engage other colleagues on a daily basis. Their major drive is to excel on a personal level, do a good job and ensure that your company continues to [...]

Posted by john on January 11th, 2013 under Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey, The Cultural Architect, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

What does the engagement battleground look like in your organisation?

Have you noticed in the business press lately just how many column inches are devoted to the topic of people engagement? Employees in the workplace are often tired of hearing about it, but the reality of commercial life is that success on the business growth journey is achieved when high levels of people engagement is achieved throughout the organisation. The term ‘engagement’ is often confusing to many leaders. What does it mean? What does it look like? and How do I improve engagement levels in my business? are common questions asked by leaders and managers of fast growing organisations. We define engagement as: ‘the buy-in [...]

Posted by john on January 5th, 2013 under Employee Engagement, Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

How to build and maintain trust with others on the growth journey

Just about every employee survey I have carried out with our clients over the years has highlighted trust (or the lack of it) between leaders and their teams as a major cultural issue to be improved on in the workplace. It’s hardly surprising, as the complex nature of the ‘world of work’ creates hundreds of opportunities to build and destroy trust on a daily basis. Trust is often described as the ‘mortar’ that keeps the organisation together. In the context of the business growth journey, trust applies to the confidence or belief a person feels towards your organisation, your colleagues [...]

Posted by john on December 13th, 2012 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey Tags: , , , ,  •  No Comments

Lessons from the Pharaohs – the winning (formula)® approach to delivering business growth

The Great Pyramid at Giza, built for King Khufi in c.2589 B.C. is the last one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ still surviving. The largest pyramid ever built by any of the Egyptian Pharaohs, it was, at the time of its completion, and still is today, the largest stone structure ever built. Eighty other similar monuments still stand today – a testament to the ambition of the Pharaohs and the dedication and work ethic of the people of Ancient Egypt. But how were they built? And what lessons can Business Leaders take from the pyramid builders? A lot [...]

Posted by john on November 30th, 2012 under Leadership Development, Lessons from the Pharaohs, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

The perception of leaders in the workplace

Have you noticed that just about everyone we meet nowadays has a view on leaders and leadership? Whether they are referring to the manager or captain of their favourite football team or the performance of our prime minister, everyone has a view and they are not slow in sharing it with us. The workplace is no different. The day to day operational grapevine often involves a discussion about leaders and leadership in general across the organisation. Being an effective leader involves managing the day-to-day ‘perceptions of leadership’ by others in the workplace. Highlighted below is a summary overview of some [...]

Posted by john on November 26th, 2012 under Leadership Development Tags: , ,  •  No Comments