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4 Keys to a Great Leadership Strategy

4 Keys to a Great Leadership Strategy
“90 per cent of my job is to fail.”

Speaking at an event recently, that’s how the head of a digital company’s Australian division described her job. She was tasked with taking risks on an ongoing basis, with the understanding that only a handful of her initiatives would work, and that this was acceptable. Only this way could her company stay on the leading edge of innovation.

Imagine the head of an Australian Big Four bank telling shareholders the same thing. It would never happen, and neither should it.

 
 
 

All Talk, No Action: Is There a Major Leadership Gap in Australia and New Zealand?

All Talk, No Action: Is There a Major Leadership Gap in Australia and New Zealand?
When I think about the recent spate of leadership changes in some high profile cases, it makes me wonder: how effectively are organisations mapping their leadership strategies to the contextual environment that we are experiencing in Australia and New Zealand right now?

By that I mean share prices going up and down, trading environments changing rapidly and economic factors weighing heavily, not to mention the changing demographics and digital transformation of the work environment.

 
 
 

Does your team need an injection of fresh ideas? Look outside your industry for talent

Does your team need an injection of fresh ideas? Look outside your industry for talent
Anyone who’s ever had to hire knows that you need to cast a wide net to attract and retain the best talent. But there’s something else you should know: a single-minded focus on skills and industry experience alone can often lead employers to ignore the ripe pickings available just over the fence: professionals from other industries with the qualities and potential to be star performers in their business.

 
 
 

3 Questions Every Employer Should Ask in a Job Interview

3 Questions Every Employer Should Ask in a Job Interview
Candidates today are increasingly prepared for classic interview questions. To find out what you really need to know you may need to ask a few unusual questions.

Most employers today are not trained interviewers yet they need to make decisions about talent that will define either the success or the failure of their teams.

 
 
 

Growing Your Business? Start by Knowing What Talent You Need and When

Growing Your Business? Start by Knowing What Talent You Need and When
Take a good, hard look at your business: is your company the one always on the back foot, unable to garner resources in time to make the most of a new market opportunity? Or are you constantly scrambling to fill key staffing gaps, often at a significant cost and not getting the best hires? Are your staff worn down because they’re always doing extra work covering for vacant roles? There’s got to be a better way and robust workforce planning is the first step.

 
 
 

Zen and the Art of Reflective Leadership

Zen and the Art of Reflective Leadership
There’s one practice that will add richness and depth to your work life, empower your team members and enhance your productivity and that of those around you. It can be developed and learned, and it’s cheap.

We’ve all heard of mindfulness and its benefits to health and wellbeing, but to me, mindfulness is most useful as a foundation for a truly productive habit that will be enormously beneficial to your career. I’m talking about embarking on the difficult but highly rewarding journey of creating the habit of reflection.

 
 
 

How to build better leaders with just one simple change

How to build better leaders with just one simple change
You may have heard the saying: “meetings are places where good ideas go to die”. I’d add that in the leadership development space, death by a thousand PowerPoint slides is a prevalent crime.

There is however a growing desire to revisit the way many organisations approach leadership development, and for good reason. The traditional ‘chalk-and-talk’ method, where participants sit for hours trying to absorb theoretical information, is often time wasted. Without practical coaching on how to apply learnings in the workplace, the knowledge doesn't always stick.

 
 
 

Leading from the front

Leading from the front
Wondering how to help your business get ahead? Make workforce planning a priority.

It’s often said that people are the best asset a business can have – it’s called ‘talent’ for a reason. But while many companies claim to value these ‘assets’, many are ignoring a key tool which ensures those assets are ready to be mobilised and are strategically placed to best serve the needs of the business.

 
 
 

Assessing for the best

Assessing for the best
Nothing is more important to an organisation’s long-term health and success than choosing the right people to lead it. But without a reliable way to gauge leadership potential, too much is left to chance.

Assessing for the leadership capabilities your organisation most needs – using methods that are proven to predict performance outcomes – takes away much of the uncertainty. But too often companies fall short on the follow-through.

 
 
 

Are you highlighting your best behaviours in a job interview?

Are you highlighting your best behaviours in a job interview?
They’re the questions that interviewers love – but they can pose a challenge for even well prepared job candidates: Tell me how you dealt with conflict with a co-worker. How did you react to your last major mistake in the workplace? Explain how you overcame a major challenge?

The formal name for these queries is ‘behavioural interview questions’ and if you want a fighting chance of getting the job, you’re going to have to get skilled at answering them.

 
 
 
 

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