Why Can’t We Talk?

[fusion_text] Communication matters. Organisations are networks of relationships – individuals interacting in pursuit of hopefully shared goals, aims or objectives. Even departments of one must interact with others to be able to clearly identify what others require – or what they require from others – and how best this can be achieved. No desk is … Continue reading “Why Can’t We Talk?”

Why measure management effectiveness?

[fusion_text] Because it matters, of course. You’re probably familiar with a business management cliché first uttered by Peter Drucker – ‘What gets measured gets managed’ – but how to measure? The question of management effectiveness becomes more burning when you consider it in the contact of training: while a basic question – “Was is worth … Continue reading “Why measure management effectiveness?”

Hunting, Fishing and Trawling for diversity: the net benefits of promoting women into leadership

[fusion_text] Leadership pipelines, succession planning and talent development are on-going organisational headaches. A recent McKinsey Insights article agreed, arguing that “Organizations should learn to hunt, fish, and trawl for the best talent.” The problem seems to be one of diversity: where they cast their nets – and what or who they are aiming to catch. … Continue reading “Hunting, Fishing and Trawling for diversity: the net benefits of promoting women into leadership”

The antidote to a toxic culture is better behaviour

[fusion_text] They say culture eats strategy for breakfast, and they may have a point. But, like breakfast, culture has ingredients: the behaviours that create the atmosphere and patterns that everyone works within. Think for a moment about your morning muesli, and contemplate that old adage – “One bad apple…” It seems the staff at Business … Continue reading “The antidote to a toxic culture is better behaviour”

Peak trust: is it ahead, or is it behind us?

[fusion_text] In findings that may dampen spirits in the C-Suites of the kingdom (and more than a few republics), CEOs are – with the exception of media spokespeople – currently the least trusted sources of information, according to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer. As Management Today reported: “Trust in businesses and business leaders is on … Continue reading “Peak trust: is it ahead, or is it behind us?”

“Senior business leaders unequipped to manage and develop people”

[fusion_text] Those blunt words were how the CIPD announced the findings of its HR Outlook: Winter 2016-17 survey.  While organisations voted performance management and people management as the two most important behaviours and skills for organisations over the next three years, senior leaders’ current performance in these areas were considered ineffective by 53% of respondents … Continue reading ““Senior business leaders unequipped to manage and develop people””

Can I speak with candour?

[fusion_text] Silicon Valley – where else? – has a new ‘thing’, apparently. It’s called Radical Candor. We’re English, so we won’t be mean and quibble about the spelling. After all, there’s an important point here. (And a book and a website. And a company and a TED Talk…) Helen Rumbelow interviewed its co-founder, Kim Scott … Continue reading “Can I speak with candour?”

Bending into the wind: staying agile in 2017

[fusion_text] How can you stay agile and lead a business when it feels like things are falling apart? As 2016 rolled to a close, many of us heaved a sigh of relief, looking forward to a new year that offered hope of better things after a tumultuous twelve months. But as you look ahead, have … Continue reading “Bending into the wind: staying agile in 2017”

Women in Leadership: Is the female of the species more human than the male?

[fusion_text] Are women in leadership really as different as we’re led to believe? In recent years, we’ve begun to see an increase – some might say a long overdue increase – in women entering the top positions, bringing with them a new approach to leadership and managing complex business situations in a world that’s currently … Continue reading “Women in Leadership: Is the female of the species more human than the male?”