Last month, Senior Partner, Damian McAlonan was invited by the team at ‘Communicate Influence’ to discuss the changing role of leadership in the workplace. He said that whether its a podcast, panel debate or workshop one question comes up more than any other. That question is: Can you change someone, even if they don’t want to change? In short the answer is, yes. The best example of this is Charles Dickens character Scrooge from 'A Christmas Carol'. You might remember that at
Why, when faced with inconvenient truths - that don’t fit our beliefs - do we plug our fingers in our ears, close our eyes, and scream loudly at the world? Like you, I'm sure we’ve experienced interactions just like this with every level of authority. There's nothing worse than management proclaiming one thing, and when presented with the facts proving otherwise, still proclaimed to be right. Having this ‘type’ of mindset and ego-centrist belief may help leaders gain resilien
If you’ve attended a recent leadership event or conference you’ll no doubt have seen a sea of nodding heads when told that; "we live in a ‘VUCA’ World". Despite sounding like some planet from Star Trek, VUCA is an acronym for environments that are Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. The rationale underpinning this theory is our advancement in globalization and technology has resulted in a difficult space for leaders to plan and operate within. On the surface of it thi
It wouldn’t be right not to have at least one blog on Steve Jobs and his rules on leadership now would it? There's so much rumor and speculation when it comes to Steve Jobs that it will always be hard to separate the fact from the fiction. Suffice to say that for decades to come he will always be remembered as a significant figure in business leadership like Henry Ford, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. It appears from much that’s written Jobs expected a lot from others (and hims
Have you ever experienced negativity in the boardroom, in a department or even on a team? If you have you'll know how crippling it is, how it creates paranoia, mistrust and disengagement. Its therefore crucial that as a leader you're able to combat this by becoming more aware (and up-skilled) in redirecting negative thoughts to positive ones. A story that resonates is the Cherokee Indian’s - ‘Legend of Two Wolves’. The story illustrates the battle between our good and bad tho
Before the First World War Arthur was an insurance salesman and described by his colleagues as a trusting, oversensitive man, who was always too fussy about detail. They also said he wasn't particularly imaginative or visionary and didn't display any of the qualities you'd expect in a 'born leader'. Despite this Arthur distinguished himself as one of the most successful General's of the First World War. He led Canada's four divisions in an almost unheard of unbroken string of
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