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22/2-10 at 05.05 Louise Metcalf
Well, I am so pleased to be talking about the first of our benchmarking studies. We had 426 participants in the study and although I can't tell you who the actual leaders were, I can tell you that you would probably know some of their names! Yes we had the odd famous leader. Very exciting! We had some international leaders too, but not a huge amount, I am looking forward to working with more of these folks! And here are the overall results... The Competencies Our Leaders were Great At Interpersonal Skills Strategic Ability Ethics Technical Competence Supervisory Attention Things Our Leaders Could Do Better At Vision Self Awareness Thinking Ahead Creativity Conflict Management Leadership Skills ...
22/2-10 at 04.54 Louise Metcalf
I'm currently writing an ebook on the importance of self esteem for leaders. As is our motto at Pax, the book is going to be incredibly accessible (financially as well as intellectually!), I'll post a note here when it's done in case you're interested. It's an interesting text because it looks at why leaders' self belief is so important in challenging times. There's also some tips on encouraging leaders to develop and enhance their self belief. It does bring up an interesting point about ego though. I once heard a speaker say that they were jealous of leaders who exhibited strong self belief. ...
22/2-10 at 04.51 Louise Metcalf
2008 saw the expansion of a very interesting and incredibly novel theory of leadership introduced in 2007. It was called complexity leadership. This is a very new idea so there is very little empirical research around it at this stage - be wary of running assessments on this kind of thing yet. But it's certainly an interesting idea and worth some thought time. And to help us in our understanding, I am using an article from my favourite journal, the Leadership Quarterly. It was written in 2007 by Uhl-Bien, Marion & McKelvey and is worthwhile looking up if I peak your ...
22/2-10 at 04.37 Louise Metcalf
I was at a networking meeting a few days a go and someone bailed me up to ask a really interesting question. "Hey Lou, quick question, we're thinking of running another engagement survey, but I'm worried about it. It's our leaders, they don't seem to really like it, actually I think they avoid it! What's your advice on that?" Well firstly, this person got my admiration for even asking the question! So many folks responsible for HR and staff issues lean on their engagement surveys, using it as a way to hold leaders responsible for the passion of staff without ever questionning the ...
22/2-10 at 04.32 Louise Metcalf
I've just been reading about all the organisations downsizing staff around the world. This is bad news for struggling economies but really dreadful for the staff and communities affected by this decision. But all this got me thinking, is downsizing a really a good idea? I have always had a great concern about downsizing especially since every organisation I've worked for that downsized seemed to end up hiring back the same people in less than 12 months anyway. Usually after they had already paid out huge redundancy packages. It always seemed that it cost them more than it saved. We cannot know the ...
25/9-09 at 05.17 paxleaderlabs
Gosh, I’m a little shy about announcing this kind of thing. Something genetic no doubt. But you have to tell people when you actually reach a milestone in a business or people never KNOW you are internationally recognised - of course! So, here goes, and while trying NOT to look completely snotty about it… Most people know that I have been nationally recognised for my leadership tools by the Australian Psychological Society. This happened in 2002 and was one of the things that told me I should really be doing this as a business. While I love this recognition and continue to mention ...