Among the various articles I’ve enjoyed this week was one entitled The Pros and Cons Of New Unconventional Leadership Styles. It suggests that as company culture changes, some managers are experimenting with unusual leadership styles. In particular it talks about the pros and cons of three styles: Continue reading “What’s new in leadership”
Most weeks I read a lot of articles and blogs, as well as watch a number of videos. I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the ones that I’ve particularly enjoyed this week.
One of my current television addictions is the drama series The Americans. Set in the 1980s, it centres on Elizabeth and Phillip, two KGB officers during the cold war posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington DC. The show is as much about relationships as espionage, with similar issues facing both the Russian and American characters as they struggle to remain detached and in control. Continue reading “Sometimes the smartest people do the stupidest things!”
I recently had a Twitter conversation that started like this:
Their tweet: What does being UNSTOPPABLE mean to you what does it allow you to do?
My tweet: Being unstoppable would allow me to do anything – is that a good thing? Definitely better than being unstartable though. Continue reading “Unstoppable leadership”
It would seem ridiculous to argue that one style of leadership is superior to all others. Different situations require different approaches, and most people accept that organisations actually benefit from diversity. But just how different can someone be, or do we still have a very narrow perception of what it takes to be a leader? Continue reading “Save us from leadership conformity!”
Over the years, the term empowerment has become part of everyday management language. It has all the hallmarks of a winning concept: by giving individuals greater control over decisions that affect their work, they feel more engaged and fulfilled, and at the same time productivity and quality improve. What’s not to love? Continue reading “Empowerment – fool’s gold or the real thing?”
Over the last week, I have read many great blogs on leadership and management. Here is a selection of ones that particularly caught my eye. Continue reading “Five great management and leadership blogs”
There are times when a television programme can give you ideas to help improve the way you work. One show that consistently delivers a useful message is Undercover Boss, which originated in the UK on Channel Four and has now been rolled out to many other countries. Each episode follows a senior executive working undercover in their own company as an entry-level employee. The experience usually highlights systems that need to be improved and practices that stop people from being as effective as they could be. Continue reading “Do senior managers really know the concerns of employees and customers?”