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How do you ensure effective leadership by balancing the tension between achieving the goal and focussing on people’s needs?

I struggle with this question sometimes.  I am sure I am not the only one.  As a leader you have to achieve certain goals.  There are certain change outcomes you have to manage and in between all of this you find the people you lead.

To ensure effective leadership on your behalf, I bet you struggle with the trade-off between the outcomes and the people?

Effective Leadership Makes No Trade Off but Shift Focus Continue Reading…

Where there is no vision the people perish… Proverbs 29:18 (The Bible)

So how important do you think vision is for successful leadership?

Looking at the piece of scripture, vision does not seem important for leadership.   Note I did not say vision is not important.  Vision is very important.   I just want to make sure you understand who the benefitting party is.  Think about it, who benefits most from a strong vision? Continue Reading…

“One day, I was standing in the street with my mother when a white man in a priest’s clothing walked past. As he passed us he took off his hat to my mother. I couldn’t believe my eyes – a white man who greeted a black working class woman!” – Desmond Tutu

This was one of the defining moments in the boy Tutu’s life, who later became one of the most well-known activists practising servant leadership.

Desmond Tutu was instrumental in the successful fight against tha Apartheid legislation in South Africa.  He became internationally known for his humanitarian activism. Continue Reading…

In Uncategorized Servant Leadership, Social Change, Social Leaders

I enjoy bass fishing very much.  I like the challenge of either getting the fish to believe the lure you present can actually be eaten, or making the fish angry enough to want to destroy the lure at the end of your line.  Successful presentation of your lure will result in the fish striking.  Once the fish bites, this rule applies;

“Reel in the slack and set the hook”

From the moment you set the hook, tension on the line is imperative.  Slack line will result in a lost fish, however too much tension could break the line, or rip the hook out of the fish’s mouth, also resulting in a lost fish.  The art lies in keeping the tension on the line just right to land the fish.

Experiencing Tension in Leadership Continue Reading…

In Uncategorized Leaders, Leadership, Tension

So how do you get from idea to outcome?  Idea execution is the bridge, spanning the chasm between having an idea and seeing the benefit created through the implementation of your idea. During the next phase you will make sure you work according to a detailed project plan.

Draw Up a Project Plan

If you invested quality time and effort during the Definition and Research phases, you will now have a very clear picture of what you want to achieve and how you are going to achieve it.  However to make this picture a reality you will need to do some detailed planning. Continue Reading…

In Uncategorized Idea Execution, Project Management, Project Plan

Leadership success depends on good relationships with the people you lead.  Building this relationships is sometimes not easy and the one vital ingredient is communication.  In this article Jemma Scott highlights four critical factors to be a better communicator.

Communication is one of the most vital factors in relationships be them personal or professional. Miscommunication has been one of the prominent reasons for confusion and arguments. An incredibly important aspect of communication is listening. Many people hear but do not listen and this can not only break down relationships and communication but also ends in wrong interpretation. In this informative article we look at ways to be a good listener and some of the qualities and characteristics of a good listener. Continue Reading…

In Uncategorized Communication

Have you ever had an idea you just did nothing about, only to find out later someone else had a similar idea and executed it with great results?  This has happened to me many times.  I am sure this is something everyone experiences at some stage.  It only becomes a problem when a trend develops where you rarely implement your brilliant ideas.

Stop Failing at Idea Execution

So why don’t you implement your ideas?  What holds you back?  Fear of failure is almost always right up there amongst the top reasons why people fail at idea execution.   However many times people don’t implement ideas, simply because they do not know where to start. Continue Reading…

In Uncategorized Idea Execution, Project Management

Our company recently applied for a major investment to fund a project we planned to launch in the new year.  We put in a lot of work in preparation for the due diligence and presented the company numerous times to various people within the investment company.  We were doing well.  The feedback was positive and the process moved along nicely.

We finally reached the end of the decision process with the initial feedback being the investment was approved “in principle”.  Our proposal was going through to the board of directors for final approval.  We were exited; everything was in our favor.  We waited with bated breath. Continue Reading…

In Uncategorized Effective Leaders, Leadership, Positive Leadership

The future world in which Leadership will be practiced is one of interconnectedness.  People are focussing more and more on collaboration and connection fueling the development of technologies making connection easier.  Just look at the popularity of social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

In this new world where everything is connected, what are the challenges Leaders will have to face to be successful?  What is needed to change the face of leadership to keep up and stay relevant in this new world?

The Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL) highlighted three key principles needed to ensure successful leadership in this future world. Continue Reading…

In Uncategorized Future World, Leadership, Leadership Future

It seems like society is biased against Introverts and puts a lot of emphasis on being Extroverted.  It is normally the outgoing, sociable person who gets the promotion or who plays the hero in a move.  Very seldom does one see the same hype around an Introverted person.  Simply because due to the nature of an introverted person he or she will avoid such hype at all cost.

The Power of Introverts

In this video Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, highlights the importance and power of Introverts and their way of doing things.  She also highlights the fact that Leadership is something that, although many times do not come naturally for introverts, can be something they excel at. Continue Reading…

In Uncategorized Introvert Leader, Introverts, Leadership

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