It is reportedly ‘a key moment in Brexit negotiations’ which would suggest that an agreement between the UK and the EU could be finalised any day now. Yet it appears that any solution could also be far from being on the horizon and those optimistic for a decision to be made soon will likely have to continue to be patient. (more…)
In “The Little Book of Leadership” we point out how important it is for leaders to be able to show their “human face” instead of trying to appear infallible under all circumstances. Did you know that this is the basis for trust in leaders?
Managing change is an essential skill for managers. Every leader and manager will be involved in change management at some point in their careers. Equipping yourself and your team with at least a basic understanding of what goes on during a time of change is a wise investment if your change process is to have the best chance of success. (more…)
Recruiting talent which fits the business needs is one of the leader’s most important tasks. Good leaders are magnets of talent. When meeting with a candidate in a recruitment interview, they will focus on this key question: What is the candidate’s most important quality and how would this make a real difference to the business?
New research suggests that the majority of UK employees (63%) would switch employers if only they got more training opportunities.* That is a staggering number. Combine this with the fact that the average UK employee has gone two years without training and over 10% more than four years, this is revealing a big problem in the job market.
Employees realise (and experience) the impact of insufficient training themselves. Over 40% say they’re less productive due to the lack of training and over a quarter are worried this is impacting their career progression.
My eBook ‘Bridge the Generation-Y Gap’ helps provide context, understanding and some valuable tools on how to work with Generation-Y. The book also offers insight on the foundation of the different value systems. Part of working with people is due to the understanding of one’s own thought processes. Therefore the “How To” section offers specific tools for leaders, managers, teachers and parents that can assist with Self-management, as well as Identifying, Managing, Motivating and Rewarding Generation-Y. The book also provides insight for Human Resources (HR) when interviewing and selecting the appropriate candidates for staff placement and talent development.
Authentic leadership is much more than another leadership style – after all what is leadership if it is not the ability to inspire others to follow you? Authentic leadership is about being true to yourself and bringing your true you to your leadership role. It offers the possibility of being both a fulfilled and effective leader.
The 21st century has seen some fundamental changes in how managers carry out their work. There are many different management styles today. No matter the organisation, a manager at his or her core still needs to be a leader. In the race to redefine management and leadership, are we perhaps losing this very basic management skill? It is an essential soft skill to being in a supervisory or management position. If you feel that your managers lack it, Bookboon has the solution.
Without leadership, your business is directionless. Leadership is the rudder for the crew, and it’s a rudder we all need in our personal arsenal. It is not just for managers. This soft skill encourages personal responsibility and a desire to pull together in a crisis.
The culture of shirking responsibility with “that’s above my paygrade” is doing irreparable damage to your business productivity. We are all leaders in a way, even those at the bottom of the scale of pay or responsibility. It’s relatively straightforward to encourage each and every employee to see himself or herself as a leader. Bookboon delivers a simple but highly effective solution to foster the soft skill leadership in your employees. Here is how… (more…)
Do you want to create a stronger and more competent workforce?
As an employer, you know how important it is to hire workers with strong soft skills, especially with strong leadership skills. But many employers and hiring managers are not clear about exactly what makes a good leader in the workplace. You have probably heard that effective leaders possess personal characteristics and behavioral traits that contribute to their effectiveness. As you interview prospective employees, you may look for character traits such as maturity, confidence, and drive.
However, current leadership theory reveals that many distinguished leaders often lack the qualities most often associated with leadership. It turns out that good employees without some of these traits can learn to become strong, effective leaders. (more…)