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Food for Thought | Only 8% of leaders are good at both strategy and execution

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On May 24, 2017

In a 2013 survey of nearly 700 executives across a variety of industries, our firm asked respondents to rate the effectiveness of the top leaders of their companies. How many excelled at strategy? How many excelled at execution? The results are shown in the chart below. These responses are sobering: Only 16% of top leaders were rated very effective at...

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Food for Thought | Learners unprepared for digital age – Study

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On May 23, 2017

A new study has found that most learners in the Asia Pacific do not feel empowered to embrace the demands of the digital workplace. Microsoft’s Asia Workplace 2020 Study found that while 66% of learners consider themselves mobile workers, only 45% feel empowered by their organisation’s culture and management to work together productively and collaboratively. The study – which involved...

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The Learning Cafe | April 2017

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On April 6, 2017

What’s on tonight? Just a few years ago, there were only three TV channels to watch and remote controllers were not standard accessories when you purchased a TV.  Most households had one TV taking pride of place in the living room. Back then, it was pretty common for people to continue watching the same channel all night, rather than getting...

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Food for Thought | When Your Toughest Conversations Are the Ones You Have with Yourself

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On April 6, 2017

Martin leads the largest division of a global company. You feel his presence immediately when he walks into a room. Not because he’s flashy or full of ego, but because he’s neither. Instead, it’s the unshakable confidence that comes from knowing exactly who you are, and the star power that accompanies a certain kind of seniority. It’s hard to imagine...

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Food for Thought | Tired of Wasting Time in Meetings? Try this

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On April 6, 2017

A friend of mine says people hate meetings because: They don’t start on time.. They don’t finish on time.. What’s in the middle is a waste of time! It’s true–many meetings are a waste of time! Unproductive meetings can cost your business big time. 5 people x 1 hour = 5 hours. Multiply that by everyone’s hourly value. You better...

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Food for Thought | A Harvard professor reveals a strategy that can help you stop worrying

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On April 6, 2017

Ever feel like you can’t turn your brain off? Worried about how to stop worrying? We all deal with this when life gets challenging. Here’s a summary of how to stop worrying and start being mindful: You are not your thoughts. Sometimes they’re downright ridiculous. Just because you think it, doesn’t make it true. Observe, don’t judge. Acknowledge the thoughts, but let them...

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Food for thought – Why diverse teams are smarter

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On February 23, 2017

Striving to increase workplace diversity is not an empty slogan — it is a good business decision. A 2015 McKinsey report on 366 public companies found that those in the top quartile for ethnic and racial diversity in management were 35% more likely to have financial returns above their industry mean, and those in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15%...

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Food for thought – Twenty books that have mattered to me

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On February 23, 2017

If human beings, at least in part, are the sum of our experiences, then what we think and believe, at least in part, is the sum of what we’ve read. So as a dual act of self-reflection and sharing, I’ve compiled a list of the books that have influenced me the most over my life. They aren’t necessarily the “best”...

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