There’s this incredibly stupid phenomenon in Hollywood studios. When a new studio exec replaces an old one, they throw out all the old film projects in development, and they start new ones. You’ve seen this happen in your own industry (and so have I), because this is what new bosses do. They change things. That’s usually the point of putting someone new in charge. When it works right we call it reform, when it doesn’t we call it a disaster. And there’s a way to make sure you do it right.
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Some leaders grow into their roles while others aren't able to grow at the same pace or in the right ways to support the businesses they create. This is the crossroads at which we find Mark Zuckerberg. On one hand, he has been able to take Facebook from little more than an online version of a college directory into a global network. On the other, he hasn't put in place the governance and controls that are incumbent on a global information management company. So, where does he stand and what can we learn from Mark Zuckerberg?
In the old days, leadership was really about management - treating people like robots to get the most out of them. But that doesn't work any more. Author and consultant Kate Fuelling says leadership today is far more human focused, treating people as people and not machines. We spoke about the changing nature of leadership and looked at what skills you need to develop to become a great leader.
Leadership is what defines great companies. This year, I'm going to take a look a look at some of the most influential companies in tech and look at how their leadership has impacted their growth and what it tells us about their future.
This time around, it's Apple's turn. While the company value under Tim Cook has increased markedly, there are signs his leadership is more about management than vision.
There's no doubt that Elon Musk's vision for electric cars, space travel, ground transportation and other fields are the product of great imagination. And his ability to not only come up with the ideas but to execute them is the result of a master at sharing his vision and engaging people in it. But it's not all smooth sailing. There's also erratic behaviour, a social media profile that has landed him in trouble and curious management practices.
By the end of last year it was apparent, to me at least, that trust was the biggest issue of the year. From Facebook's annus horribilis to the government's Access and Accessibility Bill, it was clear that trust was a big xel. But this year, as we head into a Federal election and companies around the world deal with the aftermath of the trust issues we saw last year, I think the big challenge will be leadership.
It's Star Trek's 50th anniversary, and while I could wax rhapsodic about the impact the show had on me in general, one thing that persists, even now, every day, is how much I learned how to be a good leader by watching Starfleet captains. Sometimes they were exceptional. Other times they really weren't. I always learned something.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are near the top of the list of items dominating discussions about digital transformation. Chris Bedi is the CIO at ServiceNow and he said, during a briefing at the company's Knowledge 18 event, CEOs are now value in speed over cost. As businesses are changing, he says there's a huge sense of urgency as companies want to ensure they're not left behind.
When we think of leadership qualities, we generally think of the ability to rally the troops, a clarity of vision, and the willingness to coax the best work out of each team member. What we don't tend to think of is self-awareness. Self-awareness, in fact, has a certain new-age ring to it - what leader is lying on her hemp bedspread, staring at the ceiling and thinking deeply about whether she truly understands her innermost self?
When you think of good role models, businesses probably aren't your first thought but you may be surprised by the wisdom they have to offer. After all, we often learn a lot from their leaders. A select few can teach us quite a bit about how to have fruitful, happy and successful lives.
If you ever have to step up and manage people, it can be pretty difficult to figure out the best way to do it in a way that both works with your personality and gets the job done. This flowchart can help you figure out -- in broad categories, of course -- what type of leader you might be.
Over the last few weeks, I've been speaking with a number of senior IT managers and there seems to be a consensus that the pace of change, both in technology and the business, is starting to become overwhelming. By and large, these were experienced practitioners, often with two or more decades in senior IT roles so you'd think they be well-equipped to deal with whatever comes their way. But many seemed overwhelmed and were struggling to balance the need for 24/7 availability, highly secure systems and the ability to be flexible and pivot rapidly. What does it take to be a great CIO today?
There's a well-known adage that nine out of 10 start-ups fail. In my time at Leading Teams, my observation is that start-ups frequently fail in their early days, and fail for lots of reasons. But the one we typically don’t hear about is how the team play an important role in ensuring success. And yet CB insights cited that 'lacking the right team' was the third most important reason why start-ups fail, covering a quarter (23 per cent) of the 101 postmortems reviewed earlier this year. Having the dream team and establishing the right company culture is crucial for any start-up or small business to ensure its longevity. Here are few tips for those who want to get started.
As the holiday period winds down and people trickle back into work, business leaders should make employee engagement a top priority as they kick off the new year at work, according to a management expert. Here are some important questions for leaders to ask themselves in order to improve their relationships with their workers.