Tag "management"

A positive delay

According to Professor Adam Grant, Wharton School of Business, “We shouldn’t be afraid to start early, but equally we shouldn’t be afraid to be slow to finish… procrastination might just improve the end result.” * When used sensibly by leaders, procrastination is a powerful management strategy.

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Be a change leader

In an interview with The Smart Manager, John Knights, author of Leading Beyond The Ego said that adopting a style beyond the traditional is more suitable in a world of continuous transformation.* The hierarchical, managerial, male-dominated, and authoritarian leadership style of the 20th century has to undergo a drastic change as organizations are becoming more democratic, inclusive, employee-centric, and open to feedback from all ‘rungs of the ladder’.

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Not much apart?

Management literature is replete with definitions of and distinctions between ‘leaders’ and ‘managers’—Warren Bennis’ ‘managers do things right; leaders do the right thing’ is perhaps the most-quoted line. Leadership and management undoubtedly entail different tasks, but there are pronounced areas of overlap too; and ‘we sometimes lead and we sometimes manage’. Binney, Glanfield, and Wilke, co-authors of Breaking Free of Bonkers, explain why it is prudent to bind managing and leading in a robust relationship.

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MANAGING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

How can one build a high-performing team? Larry Sternberg and Kim Turnage, co-authors of Managing to Make a Difference, decode five leadership myths that will help managers engage, retain, and develop talent for maximum performance.

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bare essence

The journey from middle manager to CEO is a more complex one than from trainee to middle management. There are greater conflicts and greater competition; as a result, the corporate pyramid tapers and a Darwinian process of selection and survival sets in. Here are nine signposts that one should follow to reach the top of the pyramid.

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value core

In his book Breakout Growth Strategies for Emerging Markets, Professor Jagdish Sheth draws the contours of the 4As framework—acceptability, affordability, accessibility, and awareness—and explains how these can effect transformative change and spark reverse innovation. This outside-in customer-centric approach, which is the foundation of this piece too, is a sure-shot path to gain competitive edge and drive continuous growth.

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IS YOUR THINKING FLAWED?

Robin Speculand, founder and CEO of Bridges Business Consultancy Int, dispels myths surrounding strategy execution.

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