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Leadership insight: The zone of uncomfortable debate

Posted by Cranfield School of Management on 18-Jan-2016 15:45:56

Senior managers typically find the executive arena an exacting environment. Not only do high-impact decisions make it emotionally challenging, the strength of opinion and force of personality at the top of the corporate ladder mean discussions often get heated.

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Leadership insight: Widen your perspective with a mentor

Posted by Cranfield School of Management on 11-Jan-2016 17:25:17

The ability to develop an external perspective (EP) is a quality valued but not developed by most managers. In part that’s because it’s a capability rarely explored in leadership training, but making a step towards a broader perspective is relatively easy to do when professionals take the time to proactively diversify their knowledge.

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Leadership insight: GE's Jeff Immelt

Posted by Cranfield School of Management on 16-Dec-2015 11:10:08

Since taking over as CEO of General Electric in 2001, Jeff Immelt has taken the corporate giant through dramatic changes and expanded globally. Underlying his achievement is the firm belief that a company should be “as broad as it is deep”.

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Leadership insight: Angle your behaviour to improve employee engagement

Posted by Cranfield School of Management on 14-Dec-2015 12:00:16

A company is more likely to perform well if it has a positive workplace culture. That’s because a good working environment leads to engaged staff, who are typically more likely to stay for longer, produce solid results, and contribute to the wider business. 

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Leadership insight: Debate is critical to employee engagement

Posted by Cranfield School of Management on 10-Dec-2015 15:22:33

During the recession, employees were commonly subjected to pay cuts, career freezes and additional responsibilities. As a result, many became disconnected with their business, which is why it’s more important than ever for organisations to focus on re-engaging staff and captivating existing talent.

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Leadership insight: giving feedback that works

Posted by Cranfield School of Management on 08-Dec-2015 12:34:06

Organisational success is hugely influenced by people and individual development should always be a priority. This should be the driving force behind any feedback given and should be seen as a way to achieve career progression.

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Leadership insight: Politics in business

Posted by Cranfield School of Management on 02-Dec-2015 15:43:01

It’s uncommon to find a business where people work in perfect harmony, towards the greater good of their organisation. There are conflicting agendas within every business (that is to say, goals which drive people towards personal or organisational gain).

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Leadership insight: Keep your team or business moving forwards

Posted by Cranfield School of Management on 23-Nov-2015 10:02:45

In a business world dominated by competing agendas and ever-growing demands, staff often look to their superiors for guidance. It’s therefore critical that leaders know how to keep their team or company moving forward.

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Leadership insight: A guide to disruptive leadership

Posted by Cranfield School of Management on 23-Nov-2015 10:02:17

It’s easy for leaders to get complacent when things are going well in their personal working lives, and their teams are meeting operational delivery goals. If key performance indicators are being met, after all, shaking things up runs the risk of destabilising a well-oiled machine. 

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Leadership insight: Transforming teams in business

Posted by Cranfield School of Management on 16-Nov-2015 16:30:45

Teams within UK firms commonly struggle to achieve their goals. That's because companies tend to see them as an end, rather than a means - often setting them up when they are simply not required.

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