Observation skills: struggle against your natural observational preferences

If you consider yourself a big-picture person, you are likely to be predisposed to neglect details and vice versa. Perform a quick self-assessment to increase your awareness of your natural preferences and the need to correct for them. Rank the following statements. Rank them 1-6 in the order in which you believe they describe you….

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Develop your observational skills to see the big picture, details, and opportunities better

Innovation, agility, customer and employee centricity – your navigation of each and every one of these leadership challenges begins with observation. To help you develop your observational skills, here is James Gilmore’s simple, concrete method: “The Six Looking Glasses”!   Seeing the big picture, paying attention to small details, and spotting new opportunities are all…

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Leading with influence at Medica [interview]

American physician and executive Alan Spiro is a compelling advocate for ethical influence. He helped to build one company using an influence model and is now working to transform another using the same principles.   “As a care management executive, I have spent the past 25 years figuring out how to systematize influence into effective,…

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Ole Paper: « Gray area » strategic shift [interview]

When Markus Martin joined Ole Paper in 2007 as CFO, the Danish paper company had been in a critical condition for several years. The management team subsequently embarked on an unprecedented strategic shift in the midst of great uncertainty. Ten years later, the firm’s revenues had doubled. How did management succeed in overcoming their paralysis…

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Influence and persuasion: a question of timing

Are you aware that it is in the moments immediately before you state your appeals that people largely decide whether they will say yes or no to you? To help you increase your influence, Robert Cialdini explains how to increase your chances of persuasive success in those critical few moments with what he calls the…

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Taking the right decisions even when the outlook is hazy

Leaders are mainly distinguished by their ability to manage complex situations, or “gray areas.” Joseph Badaracco suggests that these are best tackled by asking five key questions designed to broaden your thinking, sharpen your judgment and help develop fresh perspectives. Badaracco’s philosophy combines an analytical and psychological approach, which is designed to guide you towards…

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HD-Sydsvenskan tackles corporate stupidity [interview]

Most corporate cultures reward employees who seek to please superiors by agreeing with everything rather than challenging decisions. The problem is that such cultures give rise to organizational stupidity. According to Pontus Bodelsson, CEO of the Swedish media group HD-Sydsvenskan, the solution is to work to instead develop a culture of questioning. When Pontus Bodelsson…

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Here are 5 not-to-miss articles published in February! Topics covered include caring leader, productivity and efficiency, empathy, recruitment and more…

Here are five articles that stood out this month for their originality, relevance, and/or analysis. Happy reading! Economy & Society “The Corporate Implications of Longer Lives“ (MITSloan) People are living longer and working longer – but few organizations have come to grips with the opportunities and challenges that greater longevity brings. Leadership “The Caring Leader”…

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Dare to be messy: tapping an unrecognized source of creativity and resilience!

“Few people are willing to take the messy path if a tidier approach of organizing, preparing, and coordinating looks like it might deliver victory,” writes celebrated economist and author Tim Harford. And yet, he argues, creativity and resilience relies on “human messiness.” “In our organizations, politics, marketplaces and personal lives, we continue to enjoy the…

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Organizational stupidity: why you lose your critical thinking skills

Organizational stupidity can translate into a dangerous sense of futility that prompts even the brightest employees to abandon objectivity and silently accept absurd tasks. Organizational stupidity is a common hazard in many companies but — paradoxically enough — it can prove useful to maintaining a certain degree of cohesion. How can we explain the upsurge…

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