Archive for January 2013

Re-building trust in leadership

Trust in leadership is at an all-time low: wherever you look. The recent 2013 Edelman “TrustBarometer” shows that fewer than one-in-five respondents believe a business or governmental leader will actually tell the truth when confronted with a difficult issue. And it’s not surprising, the past few years have seen one high profile scandal after another…

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Turning a tanker on a sixpence

Last week, Barclays CEO, Antony Jenkins told all 139,000 employees that if they couldn’t fully buy-in to his approach that links performance measurement with the company’s values then they should leave. In his letter sent out 17th January, he also went on to say that senior bankers would be measured against the new approach from…

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Collaboration relies on the self-aware leader

Speaking at the HR Directors Business Summit in Birmingham yesterday on the theme of collaborative leadership, we talked about the emphasis on leadership that is inclusive, involving and trusting. The point being that to build a culture where people create new value by harnessing their collective brains and knowledge, an authentic, self-aware leader is critical…

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Collaboration – are women better suited to it than men?

The fact that there are only two women left running FTSE 100 companies – Alison Cooper at Imperial Tobacco and Angela Ahrendts at Burberry – makes for unsettling reading. Multimillionaire entrepreneur Hilary Devey even led a short TV series recently, investigating why there are so few women at the top of British businesses. But what…

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Speaking in tongues – why language seeks simplicity

Why is it that, when writing for any kind of purpose, most people feel the need to swallow a thesaurus? We see it constantly in the business world – huge, unintelligible chunks of long words that need translating before anyone can make any sense of them. And, more to the point, it’s just not needed…

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Bespoke research – the next Twitter trend?

#bespokeengagementresearch probably won’t be tomorrow’s trending hashtag, but tailoring the content of your employee engagement surveys to your organisation’s objectives is key to winning – and keeping – your people’s hearts and minds. This week I met with HR directors from leading organisations to discuss this hot topic. But why is it so crucial right…

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Dr Andy Brown’s top tips for employee engagement #3

Engaged organisations create 360 degree communication, in all directions throughout their organisation – even those spread across the world. Social business systems, like Yammer, Jive and Newsgator are ideal for making this happen and encouraging people in different divisions and countries to talk to each other, learn from each other, and cross-sell.   By Dr…

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