02/7-14 at 08.23 Louise Metcalf
So if you've read the first article and you're keen as mustard for that flying car... be patient... but what is happening now, right now, in industries in Australia? For this, we turn to the major consultancies like Deloitte etc, who spend a fortune on this kind of research annually, but also broaden our view to look at where the startups are... that's where people see opportunity to innovate and can be great precursors for disruption! 1. The financial industry - goodbye ...
02/7-14 at 07.22 Louise Metcalf
The experts in this area, Thomson Reuters IP & Science unit, looked at two sorts of data to come up with a bit of an innovation list to look out for, by looking at current scientific journal literature and patent applications. By counting citations and other measures of who's talking about what, they identified 10 hot fields, then made specific forecasts for each. “A powerful outcome of studying scientific literature and patent data is that it gives you a window into the future--insight that isn’t always found in ...
01/5-14 at 23.24 Louise Metcalf
When I'm surrounded by very smart people, I realise just how important a good heart is and just how rare. Those who are smart, but unkind often do the most damage to others. In essence, it is the heart that brings wisdom, here's why... Emotions and thoughts play a powerful role in our minds. They influence both our outlook on life and our behaviour. Thoughts and emotions are inextricably bound up together. We are all partly egocentric and rational, our inner conflicts are never understood well as a simple matter between emotion and reason. ...
01/5-14 at 23.21 Louise Metcalf
Because our lives are made of and lived in stories, leadership can be more effective when we take into account what those we lead are really saying, that is, when we know their stories.  That's called Narrative Leadership. And it involves careful listening and respectful telling of stories. Narrative Leadership is the willingness to learn the storied history of people and their organisation then deliberately and cooperatively use those stories to fashion a future. It's not applying structures and policies blindly, but working with the person to do what works best for them, according to their ...
01/5-14 at 23.20 Louise Metcalf
Most of us are familiar with the idea that no matter how busy we are, we could do more. There's always another project to take on, another meeting to attend, another email to answer etc. But maybe... we should just do less and we would end up doing more regardless. Controversial! Recently J. Keith Murnighan, a professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management published a book called "Do Nothing! How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader." The book says, we should all learn to say no: to switch off the ...
01/5-14 at 23.17 Louise Metcalf
Do you have a to do list? For most of us, it’s almost impossible to not have one. Without our to do lists we’d forget half our tasks and never get anything done. But it's amazing how many things get on that list, and how many things on that list that just don't help us get anything done. How many times have you decided to STOP doing something? The stop doing list was coined by business writer Jim Collins in response to a hypothetical question from a friend. The Question was: If, one day, ...
26/2-14 at 08.25 Louise Metcalf
The state of leadership in Australia has never been particularly stellar. Karpin was telling us nearly 20 years ago that it was dismal and recently we had another report to confirm it: A survey of 2300 workers was carried out by Melbourne University's researchers from the first week of February. It found that, 75% of staff thought most leaders were poor, that they could do a better job and, only a little over half the nation's workforce had a leader in their ...
26/2-14 at 08.20 Louise Metcalf
Apparently, IBM has more than sixty full time coaches! And they're not alone. Many organisations have made coaching a core part of how they develop their leaders. While coaching was once viewed as a tool to help correct underperformance, it is becoming much more widely used in supporting top people. In fact, in a 2004 survey by Right Management, 86 percent of companies said they used coaching to sharpen the skills of individuals who have been identified as future organizational ...
26/2-14 at 08.15 Louise Metcalf
Basically, leadership training is an effort to take someone from non-mastery to mastery and while some people think it's only in a training room... there are many approaches worth considering! We learn, in a natural state, either through trial and error (which requires resilience!) or through social learning where we follow a role model. We also need to feel motivated and be able to make mistakes. Unfortunately, most traditional leadership training fails to use either of these natural human mechanisms for learning, ...
26/2-14 at 08.05 Louise Metcalf
Recently, I was sent a TED video on the power of asking better questions. It was something that I found incredibly inspiring! Here was an esteemed medical doctor and expert in immunology talking about diabetes and obesity, and he was saying that he got it wrong! That he got it wrong with a patient and the whole medical establishment has it wrong when it comes to obesity. Imagine how many people that video will upset. Powerful people too. Doctors, surgeons and the whole ...