Leadership

Leadership

Word of the Week Trust; Trust is the fundamental building block of any brand, and is the glue for any lasting relationship. A lack of trust within an organisation saps its energy, creates a climate of suspicion and replaces it with internal politics. It leads to low morale and low standards of performance. Trust is the intangible asset that provides an assurance of long term sustainability. It reduces transaction costs, it reduces the need for litigation and speeds commerce, it lubricates organisations and societies. Trust is the key to the speed of growth. It is the most important leadership attribute that will
Benjamin Black, consultant at gunnercooke, reports on 'Successful Workforce Mergers - The Power of Planning and Positive Engagement'. Download the full report  
Change (noun) (verb), "Kotter says that to create change you need to create a sense of urgency. To do that, he writes about creating a 'burning platform' i.e. spell out the consequences of not changing, loss of market share, potential revenue drop, 5 year trend of declining margins or an emerging market that everyone is ignoring, the loss of jobs and even the demise of the business. Talking about change suddenly becomes a lot easier. Creating a vision and developing strategies around it suddenly becomes obvious."
Leadership (noun), "requires a clear vision, focus and the simplicity to be understood by followers. If you don’t have followers you are just going for a walk."
"Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What is Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!" Dr Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas At this time of year, we're getting more and more excited for Christmas - it's also that time when friends and relatives ask 'What would you like as a present?' ...Well, rather than risk another pair of socks, how about a good book to read over the festive period? Here are our favourites for this year: 1. Relentless, by Tim Grover. Grover is the international authority on sports performance and motivation...
Motivation (noun); "superleaders are geniuses at motivation. Unlike ordinary bosses they don’t want 80% of the attention and dedication of their people. They want 100%. And they get 100%. But not by waving big bonuses. It isn’t about money. People know when they are working for a special boss – someone who is changing the rules, is unafraid to take risks, deeply cares about achieving a higher objective and invites his or her people to be part of it and cares about them as if they were family. When you have that sort of leader you feel part of a much
Service "you are always fully compensated for whatever you do, positive or negative. If you wish to increase the quantity of your rewards, you must first increase the quality and quantity of your service. Entrepreneurs, executives, professionals, sales people work on average, 59 hours per week for many years to become successful. Then everyone tells them how ‘lucky' they are."
Reciprocity (noun), Law of reciprocity "Cialdini, visiting professor of business, marketing and  psychology at Stanford argues that there is a law of reciprocity. Send someone a birthday card and they will send you one back. It is why charities give out buttons and pencils when they’re trying to raise funds, or why someone telling us some juicy gossip will likely draw a nugget of information from us, or why it feels awful to say ‘I love you' and to be met only with a smile. Reciprocity is a powerful force for social harmony and for doing business."
Professor Cal Newport presents an argument for deep, concentrated work.  He states that the most valuable work comes from full focus and in society today, people face more distractions and pressures that lead them to shallow work. His following four key rules are there to help you to embrace work and become more productive. 4 Rules to help you embrace work: 1. Deep work involves periods of deliberate practice. At such times, you focus on the specific skill you’re trying to develop and you don’t switch among tasks. Deliberate practice calls for “uninterrupted concentration.” 2. People in today’s world suffer an addiction to distraction....
In this webinar Simon Horsfield (partner at gunnercooke), Gary Booth from Hope For Justice and Vanessa Di Cuffa from ABP Meats, talk about Modern Slavery in workforces and what businesses can do to prevent it. People Hour special - Modern Slavery from gunnercooke llp on Vimeo.  

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