How a psychoanalyst became England’s most successful cricket captain – Mike Brearley

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Leadership lessons from Mike Brearley   Do you belong to the school of thought that the captain or leader of the team must be extraordinarily gifted? That he or she needs to be better than individuals within the team to inspire respect? Do you also believe that leadership is not a specialization in itself? The […]

10 secrets to engaging your most valuable asset: Talent

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December 22, 2014

10 secrets to engaging your most valuable asset: Talent

What are the secrets to engaging your employees. Engaged employees contribute to bottom line by discretionary efforts.

This article suggests 10 techniques:

1. Happiness

Science of happiness suggests gratitude, optimism and mindfulness results in happiness

2. Meaning

Finding meaning is important. When employees know the impact they are making they are more engaged.

3. Purpose

A deeper purpose can create a powerful bond between employee and organization.

4. Productivity

Productivity hacks help to beat procrastination, deliver desired results and enhance sense of accomplishment and impact.

5. Passion

Enhancing passion – enthusiasm and energy for work – can result in greater engagement.

6. Balance

A balance between work and life is a powerful engagement lever for the best companies.

7. Creativity

Creativity helps ideas and improvement within the organization.

8. Results

Helping employees measure the impact of their efforts helps in engagement.

9. Hacks

Encourage employees to find a better way

10. Bets

Encouraging employees to take calculated risks helps to engage them and give their best.

Meet Sandi MacPherson: Founder of Quibb

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Meet Sandi MacPherson: Founder of Quibb The story of the tech startup founded in a garage has been frequently told. I came across an endearing story of a solo-entrepreneur working on an innovative news and link sharing startup in the Bay Area. The person is Sandi MacPherson, a former climate change scientist and the company is […]

Inspiring hiring mantras from great leaders

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December 4, 2014

Inspiring hiring mantras from today’s greatest leaders

 

This article lists the hiring secrets of great leaders like:

  • Warren Buffett, the legendary investor
  • Steve Jobs, the iconic founder of Apple
  • Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft
  • Jack Welch, the legendary CEO of GE
  • Jeff Bezos, inspirational founder and CEO of Amazon
  • Elon Musk, genius rocket scientist CEO
  • Lee Iacocca, legendary automotive industry CEO
  • Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, pioneer of modern-day management practices

Building a 100-day plan for management success

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24 November, 2014

Building a 100-day plan for management success

A 100-day plan can be used for:

Achieving a turnaround in a department or a functional area

Inducting a new manager

Getting traction on a new strategic initiative or project

Encouraging your team to complete a stretch goal

Aim at increasing sales, getting more traffic, conversions or a product launch

Seven step process for creating a 100-day plan

Step 1: Visualize the end goal – “begin with the end in mind” – what do you want to achieve?

Step 2: Describe outcomes specifically, make them measurable  – specify the result in terms of numbers

Step 3: Build a dashboard – represent the end goal as a visual graphic

Step 4: Break it down into 25, 50 and 75-day plan – how will things look like at the end of 25, 50 and 75 days?

Step 5: Put a review mechanism in place – set review points weekly or biweekly

Step 6: Get additional resources – what else do you need for success?

Step 7: Celebrate small victories – reward yourself and your team for meeting mid-point goals