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Leaders Toolbox | Why effective leaders must manage up, down and sideways

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On August 3, 2017

Most of the leadership advice aimed at senior functional managers is how to build, align, energize, and guide a world-class team. This is a challenging task in its own right, but we all know it isn’t the whole story. Leaders, even those in the C-suite, must also extend their influence upward and horizontally. Organization theory suggests that managing upward and sideways is good...

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Food for Thought | Seven people issues that most organisations struggle with

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On August 3, 2017

Right now, I’m working in the private and public sectors, nationally and internationally. And every organization is struggling with some combination of these seven issues. Namely: 1.      Organizations don’t know how to – well – organize themselves. Their structures don’t work neither do their leadership practices. Typically I see too many people with too much to do, all reporting to one boss. That...

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Leaders toolbox – The fine art of being a great boss

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On September 26, 2016

I was a lousy boss. There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong. I was a pretty effective executive by any measure. I got the job done. I was just a little tough on the people side. OK, maybe more than a little tough. I was highly demanding and not as empathetic as I might have been. C’est la vie. The...

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Leaders toolbox – Taking the risk out of your customer’s buying decision

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On September 26, 2016

The plane drops left, then sharply right, lifts a bit and then settles into steady bumps. The ‘Fasten Seat Belt’ light comes on with a ping, and although you’ve been in this situation many times before, it is still unsettling. A similar phenomenon is happening at many of your customer organisations. The pace of change has become so fast and...

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