7 Most Required Leadership Skills for 2015

November 23rd, 2015   •   Leadership   •   no comments   
7 Most Required Leadership Skills for 2015

I had the chance recently to be a part of the forecasting and goal setting, for an mobile app company for 2015. As I observed the room full of very intelligent executives, I couldn’t stop considering which skill set this company will require within the management and leadership team to move in the proper direction.

Later on in the day, during the conversation in a more informal setting outside the conference room, I was requested to share my thoughts on the best leadership skills required to achieve these goals in 2015.

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How to Manage People Who Are Smarter than You

November 23rd, 2015   •   Leadership   •   no comments   
How to Manage People Who Are Smarter than You

The best managers hire smart people to work for them. But what if your direct reports are smarter than you? How do you manage people who have more experience or more knowledge? How do you coach them if you don’t have the same level of expertise?

What the Experts Say
Getting promoted to a job that includes responsibility for areas outside your domain can be downright terrifying. Your employees may ask questions that you don’t know the answers to and may not even

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Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

November 23rd, 2015   •   Leadership   •   no comments   
Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

A lot of ink has been spilled on people’s opinions of what makes for a great leader. As a scientist, I like to turn to the data.  In 2009, James Zenger published a fascinating survey of 60,000 employees to identify how different characteristics of a leader combine to affect employee perceptions of whether the boss is a “great” leader or not. Two of the characteristics that Zenger examined were results focus and social skills.

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Leadership, Micro-management and Lack of Trust

November 23rd, 2015   •   Leadership   •   no comments   
Leadership, Micro-management and Lack of Trust

I was having breakfast with a friend the other day and we started to talk about work, our good and bad experiences and everything that comes with them.

My friend said something that stuck in my mind: ‘I only have to look at my old manager’s LinkedIn profile to realise how lucky I am in my current job. The look of her face makes me appreciate what I have and what I do.’

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Marissa Mayer: A Case Study In Poor Leadership

November 23rd, 2015   •   Leadership   •   no comments   
Marissa Mayer: A Case Study In Poor Leadership

In March of 2013 I authored an article predicting the demise of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Here’s the thing – not every talented, successful executive is CEO ready; Mayer is a textbook example of this. It was obvious from the early days, at least to those paying attention, that Mayer didn’t have the leadership chops to pull of the admittedly tough assignment of turning around the once iconic Yahoo brand. A question worth asking is, why didn’t the Yahoo board of directors recognize this?

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