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The Learning Cafe | August 2017

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On August 3, 2017

How much does a tonne weigh? It’s common practice to describe a heavy object in tonnage. But no one has any idea how much a tonne is.  We can lift a kilogram block of cheese so we have an idea what a kilogram weighs.  As we can’t lift a tonne of anything by ourselves it becomes such an abstract concept. ...

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Food for thought | Can you teach diversity and inclusion?

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On August 3, 2017

Training alone is rarely enough. Not when the subject matter is complex, controversial or comes packaged with a load of historically negative baggage, which diversity and inclusion does. For diversity and inclusion training to stick, it needs support, reinforcement and a firm foundation in a broader talent management strategy that includes culture, leadership and learning and development. Without the right...

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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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Leaders Toolbox | Seven essential coaching questions

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On August 3, 2017

I recently read The Coaching Habit – a great little book about how we can get better at asking questions rather than simply offering up advice. The book makes a case for seven essential questions and it made me reconsider what my own preferred questions are. Managers and leaders need to become better coaches I fully buy into the philosophy that managers...

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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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Food for Thought | Adapting to the future of work

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On August 3, 2017

CMOs can take a proactive approach to preparing the workforce for the tremendous technology-enabled changes required to compete in the years ahead. Digital technology is having a profound effect on the human side of the enterprise, affecting where, when, and how employees get work done. The results of Deloitte’s recent Future of Work survey confirm that C-level executives view the ways in which...

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Clip of the month | I applied for Harvard, but was rejected 10 times.

  • Posted by learningwavenz
  • On August 3, 2017

Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group speaks his heart out and gives his wisdom on a range of topics.  Alibaba is one of the most recognisable names in the world of business today and is still growing very fast. Source: Being Guru. (2017). I Applied For Harvard, But Was Rejected 10 Times. Retrieved 2 August 2017 from https://www.beingguru.com/2016/09/i-applied-for-harvard-but-was-rejected-10-times/

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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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