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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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Leadership Toolbox | A shortcut to improve all your leadership skills

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On May 24, 2017

There is one specific skill you never read about in leadership literature. It’s a multiplier skill, i.e. it is at the root of all other leadership skills. If you improve this ONE you automatically improve the others at the same time. It’s the “ONE ring to bind them all” to use Lord Of The Rings terminology. Whether you read Harvard...

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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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Leaders Toolbox | How to make your one-on-ones with employees more productive

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On May 23, 2017

One-on-one meetings with direct reports often feel more hurried and disorganized than they need to be. It’s important to check in regularly with each of your employees, but how can you make the best use of the time? How can you make the meetings more productive and collaborative? What do you need to change as the manager and what do...

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Clip of the month – Happiness and productivity

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On May 18, 2017

Traditionally, people think that in order to be happy, we need to work harder and be more productive. But how effective is this really? In this month’s clip, psychologist Shawn Achor talks about how flipping this thinking and how being happy can lead to greater productivity.

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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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