More and more C-level managers say they are managing transformation with great difficulty, which has become a reality in today's world. Globally, 42% of employees have experienced a decline in mental health since the onset of the pandemic.
In this month’s newsletter we talk about vision and leadership. Having an inspiring image of the future can have a huge impact on a company and its employees. Not only when it comes to positive perception and goodwill, but also in terms of financial success.
And the leader plays a key role in articulating it and inspiring employees to live it every day. Find out how in our article.
Even though it is not new, Vision became an essential attribute for most successful organisations and individuals, being strongly linked with both positive perception and goodwill, as well as measurable financial success.
This month’s newsletter doesn’t have the usual selection of articles written or curated by our team. For July we wanted to do something different. So we have put together a selection of books, movies, tv shows and documentaries to inspire you.
Whether you are searching for something interesting to read on your vacation or just looking for a thought provoking piece to watch at the weekend, we are sure that you will find something to your liking on our list.
In this month’s article we tackle courage and why it is important for leaders. The pressure for immediate results can sometimes be overwhelming and consequently leaders may find themselves questioning their values and beliefs.
That is where coaching, mentoring or executive education programs can come in and give leaders tools and strategies they can use to follow their deeply held personal principles and to hold on to these in the face of difficulties.
This is just one of the reasons why we have developed our two executive education programs, Managing Anxiety and Stress in Leadership Roles and The Leader’s Journey. To support those in leadership roles to handle the stress and pressure of today’s business environment. Find out more about them below.
Leaders need courage to understand themselves, what their personal values are and how they fit with those of their team members and their organisation. It takes courage to determine and accept one’s weaknesses. Self-awareness and deeply held beliefs are essential elements of courage, the very essence of leadership.
Starting with the publication of Daniel Goleman’s book on this subject in 1995, Emotional Intelligence has become one of the trendy concepts in the business world. When the Harvard Business Review published an article on this topic in 1998, it became one of the most popular articles read and reprinted by the publication in the last 40 years.
S. Sherman considers that there are three main forces that forge an organisation’s behaviour: rules, mores, and personal integrity. He suggests thinking of this triad as three circles that partially overlap (see Fig. 1). At the centre, the three elements are impossible to differentiate from one another.
The idea that you can have both character and success as a leader is still considered by many in the business world to be of secondary importance because character cannot, apparently, be quantified into financial results.
My last article about happiness emphasizes the fact that many of us measure success simply by how happy we are most of the time. How others see our success (and I mean here „ours” in general not related to me or my colleagues), is a different story. How the current (mainly Western) society measures success at large, that’s another story too.
For the last couple of years, the term “mindfulness” has gained increasing popularity in the public space. Until 2013-2014 it was known and used in Romania by very few, mostly those who were familiar with meditation.
Some 25 years ago, while in introspection regarding my life’s mission and purpose, and following my first years in P&G, I was hit by a thriving motto: “Be Better Than Yesterday” (thank you Henry!). And since then I have been living every day following this commitment and attitude!
The happiness subject has been fascinating me for a long time but more and more lately, realizing how differently wired we are and how differently we interpret it. Of course, I know happiness means something else for each of us however I have found three very interesting angles and thought of sharing them with you.
I strongly believe prolonged fear and anxiety (caused nowadays by the COVID-19 virus) might be more damaging than the virus itself. No one says not to think about it, ignore it or not to stay vigilant, but over-stressing about it does not help anyone.
Mindfulnessis a word which has been uttered increasingly often, in a lot of diverse and unexpected places. Not too long ago it was something that was whispered and reluctantly received by westerners, due to its association with the practice of meditation.
You might not notice through all the negative news cluttering our lives but there are schools throughout Romania where profound changes are taking place in the way the next generations are educated. And behind these changes you will find school principals who have taken it upon themselves to improve and transform the schools they are running so that education happens in a different way.
Many of us feel we are at a point in our lives when the presence of meaning at work has become essential. Not that it didn’t matter earlier, but as we have “grown up” a bit more, especially since many of us have achieved a decent level of financial well-being, we’ve come to realize happiness and non-financial well-being haven’t always come in the same “package”.
As in the previous years, the challenge of finding the right employees is still one of the main priorities for companies, no matter the industry they are active in or the quality of their employees. According to a Gallup survey this situation is growing worse by the year.
One of the topics introduced at our last leadership development program in June was self-awareness. Research shows that it is among the top 5 executive coaching topics (and often the first of interest).
December is usually a good month to put thoughts and things in order, to analyze the year that has passed and reflect on the next one and on its challenges. While running on a weekend, I had some revelations on what would a compassion & kindness training would actually imply. So this is one of them. It is related to teambuildings and why I believe teambuildings done as they are done in most cases, is a waste of time and money.
As recruiters, both in K.M.Trust (our executive search & leadership consulting firm) and Key2Success (our mid-management recruitment firm), we receive almost daily requests from people considering a career move or in need of career advice.
If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a tiny fraction of the brain’s function, what is all the rest doing? This is the question that David Eagleman—renowned neuroscientist and acclaimed author of Sum—answers in a book as accessible and entertaining as it is deeply informed by startling, up-to-the-minute research.
Do religious experiences come from God, or are they merely the random firing of neurons in the brain? Drawing on his own research with Carmelite nuns, neuroscientist Mario Beauregard shows that genuine, life-changing spiritual events can be documented. He offers compelling evidence that religious experiences have a nonmaterial origin
Leonard Mlodinow, the best-selling author of The Drunkard’s Walk and coauthor of The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), gives us a startling and eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world and how, for instance, we often misperceive our relationships with family, friends, and business associates
The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.
Jean Francois-Revel, a pillar of French intellectual life in our time, became world famous for his challenges to both Communism and Christianity. Twenty-seven years ago, his son, Matthieu Ricard, gave up a promising career as a scientist to study Tibetan Buddhism -- not as a detached observer but by immersing himself in its practice under the guidance of its greatest living masters.
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. At the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. Man's Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America; it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.
How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, "Why?"
An unprecedented event: a beloved world religious leader proposes a way to lead an ethical, happy, and spiritual life beyond religion and offers a program of mental training for cultivating key human values
Despite the fact 99% of the people I meet complain about stress and about feeling often overwhelmed, the majority still focuses on physical fitness to reduce stress - which is great and does a lot in this direction yet not enough.
When it comes to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. McCord helped create the unique and high-performing culture at Netflix, where she was chief talent officer. In her new book, Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, she shares what she learned there and elsewhere in Silicon Valley.
Abstract: What follows are three distinct parts that can be read either independently or as a connected whole. Part 1 is about the purpose and importance of having principles in general, having nothing to do with mine. Part 2 explains my most fundamental life principles that apply to everything I do. Part 3, explains my management principles as they are being lived out at Bridgewater.
Why do some executives create value and others destroy value? During our one day executive program we talked about the key traits that companies should look for in order to hire the right people. Check out some of the key components of the benchmark we’ve developed for our clients in the video below.
There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language -- from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian -- that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. "The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is," Boroditsky says. "Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000."