28/10-13 at 10.34 Louise Metcalf
Systems thinking was first spoken about in 1956, by Professor Jay Forrester at MIT's Sloan School of Management. It's not new, but it's certainly new to most people in business. Traditionally in business (and also in reductionist science) larger things are broken (or reduced) in to smaller things and each smaller thing is understood on its own.  Systems thinking says that the whole system may be more than the sum of its' parts, a bit like a bicycle is ...
28/10-13 at 10.33 Louise Metcalf
At the moment, in Australia, we have two main political parties that have deliberately reduced the ranks of female leaders on their front benches... on the basis of a lack of 'merit' found in the existing women in the parties. The problem with this argument is that... there were MANY women of merit they could have chosen. Yes, you read that right, they lied... or they just made very bad recruitment decisions. The Guardian documented the number of women who were better qualified than ...
28/10-13 at 10.31 Louise Metcalf
Our current leadership contexts are increasingly complex. Markets and workforces are increasingly global and diverse. Change is so rapid that one leader can’t hope to keep on top of all developments, much less be responsible for the innovation needed to keep ahead of them. Decision making is broadly distributed across an organization, and collaboration is required with numerous parties outside it. Leadership is not what it was! We used to be able to feel safe with a leader who was, perhaps, from GE or McKinsey or ...
28/10-13 at 10.28 Louise Metcalf
The Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL) has recently published a report saying, rather refreshingly honestly, they've started to doubt whether they are developing leaders the 'right' way anymore. "It seemed that the nature of the challenges that managers were facing were rapidly changing; however, the methods that we were using to develop them were staying the same." Nick Petrie, CCL. It's an interesting statement coming from one of the most established leadership development houses in the business. The truth is though, they're right. The world ...
28/8-13 at 11.18 Louise Metcalf
Now, I know what you're thinking, but yes, yes we do idolise bosses who bully... Donald Trump, Gordon Ramsay, Allan Sugar, and many more get their very own TV shows so we can watch and admire their... hmm, just what are we in admiration of? Let's face the facts here, these people are often admired for being 'effective'. We assume this makes them good leaders, that getting things done, the outcomes, is enough. But a boss who screams at and bullies subordinates cannot be a good ...
28/8-13 at 11.17 Louise Metcalf
A recent study in the Journal of Psychological Science has looked at the long term impact of bullying and the results are truly awful. Isn't it time we drew a line in the sand and worked our butts off to stop this behaviour in its tracks? Using a longitudinal database that studied children from ages 9 through adulthood,  researchers have found that bullying has a major impact on adult health, wealth, and whether you engage in criminal and risky behaviour. The researchers divided people into 4 groups: ...
28/8-13 at 11.16 Louise Metcalf
If you know what attracts bullies you can work out how to avoid them, however, in the end bullies simply need to be stopped and shown a better way to behave. Bullying is now widely recognised to have reached epidemic proportions. However, it is a surprisingly silent problem, since much bullying goes unnoticed, sometimes due to ignorance on the part of leaders, and sometimes because bystanders are unwilling to intervene when they observe bullying behaviour. In recent years, there has been a great deal of research ...
28/8-13 at 11.14 Louise Metcalf
In short, the best way to combat bullying in your organisation is to build a positive culture, but it's much more complex than focusing on strengths. In 2010, Former France Telecom chief executive Didier Lombard was indicted by a court in Paris over allegations that he led a corporate culture of bullying and harassment that resulted in the suicide of at least 30 employees. Although it may not have been the case that it was deliberate, it is highly likely that his behaviour as a leader contributed ...
27/6-13 at 00.42 Louise Metcalf
  "I seriously just need someone to be with me at all times and slap me in the face whenever I start up my habit. I was able to stop for a whole month but it took conscious effort every second of the day. When I relaxed the habit came back." Melanie P Look around you and it is easy to see that change is something that we generally avoid, unless we really desire a certain goal. ...
27/6-13 at 00.37 Louise Metcalf
  "I have cancer! I don't want to have to convince myself that every pain I experience is an opportunity to grow as a person. I feel terrible and I have a right to." In 2010, the Annals of Behavioral Medicine published an article by Dr Lisa Aspinwall calling positive psychology " saccharine terrorism" and in quick succession, the esteemed journalist Barbara Ehrenreich published "Smile or Die". Clearly, something is ...