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What if power, anxiety and love lie at the heart of leadership? Christo Nel TED Aruba 23rd September 2016

What if power, anxiety and love lie at the heart of leadership?

“What could occur if you and I, if we could be simply human enough to embrace and celebrate power, anxiety and love as the drivers that guide us as leaders? If we can make Power, Anxiety and Love the guiding light of our thinking, decisions and actions we create the freedom that sets us free to become the leaders we can truly be!” read more

Revolution of Leadership and Work – By Christo Nel

Evidence of the impact of High Impact Leadership & Teaming,

and High Performance Organisation Cultures

The world of work and leadership is undergoing a seismic shift in which clearly definable leadership practices enable organisations to significantly outperform their competitors and to secure the longer term sustainability of those organisations.

 The research rooted in empiric research is making it possible for the people in organisations to m

ake a distinct move away from more conceptual ideals about how organisations should operate and instead provides replicable practices and attitudes that entrench sustainable high performance and stakeholder engagement.

 This evidence increasingly poses the challenge to leaders, “If the evidence is so clear and consistent, then why do the majority of organisations still cling to antiquated approaches to leadership and organisational behaviour?”  

 Read the article to contemplate the implications….

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Driving Performance throught the Hierarchy by Christo Nel

There is often a tendency to declare the demise of “the hierarchy” in recent publications with the parallel suggestion that organisations need to become more dynamic, flexible, non-hierarchical and responsive. Such calls are valid if it is meant to focus on the elimination of the antiquated organogram and bureaucratic hierarchy, but it fails to acknowledge that the execution of strategy requires the alignment of activities across various levels of work.

Peter Drucker famously stated that “structure follows strategy” while Robert Waterman, who co-authored In Search of Excellence with Tom Peters, concluded that structure is an integral part and extension of stgrategy. The famous McKinsey 7S model also places strategy and structures at the core of sustainable organisational performance. Yet all too often the managerial leadership of organisations will invest in creating or refining a strategy and yet remain reluctant to align the structures to ensure that they drive the execution of strategy. This is an important reason why less than 30% of strategies are ultimately achieved. The obvious conclusion is that without a proper structure and hierarchy that empowers people across all levels, strategy execution will be compromised. read more

It’s Not Share Of Wallet Anymore; It’s Share Of Heart

Firms of endearment are companies people love doing business with, love partnering with, love working for, love investing in.”

According to the book, Firms of Endearment, written by Rajendra Sisodia, David Wolfe and Jagdish Sheth- engaging deeply, consistently and on an emotional level as an integral part of what you do with all of your stakeholders, leads to sustainable performance that will outnumber traditional organisations.

For the full book summary written by Soundview Executive Book Summaries

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Calling Circles: A business practice for conversations that matter by Kerry Sandison

Symptoms of conversations that don’t matter

Many managers complain about the number of meetings that they attend daily. People often feel that many meetings are not really productive, take longer than they need to, waste time and are vehicles for a few people to air or enforce their views. Many are de- energising rather than energizing, boring rather than enlivening.

In our experience most culture and climate surveys the quality of communication is one of the lowest ranked items. People express frustration at being kept in the dark, not being consulted about things that affect them, of their ideas not being explored or their frustrations and feedback being ignored.

Many groups in organisations feel marginalized. Some typically marginalised groups are women, junior staff, Blacks, back office support staff. They know they have a lot to offer and yet their perspectives and uniqueness are seldom valued or tapped into. Their experience is that their voice is silenced or minimized in a myriad intentional and unintentional ways.

Why conversations matter

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Life as a Village – Creating the Wholesome Organisation by Kerry Sandison



It has become all too common to hear people complain that their workplaces are “soulless and lack spirit.” Research that The Village Leadership Consulting has conducted demonstrates that a primary reason is that people often feel that their worklife is shorn of a sense of community, common mindedness and sense of shared purpose. Our research is leading us to conclude that organisations that are sustainably competitive instinctively and consciously comprehend that humans are essentially social of “village” beings. In this series of two articles Kerry Sandison explores the challenge of seeing and establishing the sense of the village in modern organisations.

The village for most of us modern city dwellers conjures up romantic notions of an idyllic country town, rustic, peaceful, beautiful.  In the exhausting busyness and stress of modern living it is a fantasy of a different way of being, of living. We see this in the number of people who choose to holiday in small towns, on islands, in simple palm fronded huts on the beach and in quaint rural villages. In many parts of the world there has been an explosion of small town festivals that people go to annually, almost like pilgrims heading for the opportunity to meet on the village green, to sing, dance, eat and drink among strangers who become friends for a moment in handshakes, embraces, laughter, shared stories of which plays and art exhibitions to see and which to avoid, what live music is a must, where the best food can be found and where the bargain shopping can be done. It is as if for those few days we see in the people that have traveled to the festival, a recognition of something shared, a piece of our own interests, ourselves  reflected in them, they are unknown and yet at some level familiar.

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