Key topics for management executives right now
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Leading Organisational Agility
What does it mean to be an agile organisation? Whilst many of us may instinctively be drawn to connotations of speed, true agility represents a delicate balance between flexibility and stability, and a capacity to not only react to the demands of an ever-changing market, but also a desire to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, and reinvent our approach to business.
Winning The Talent War
The term “war” may seem somewhat overdramatic when placed in the context of talent management. However, make no mistake: we face a very real battle when it comes to holding on to our best people. With the average UK worker choosing to change employer every five years, it’s no exaggeration to suggest that the journey to long-term business success may become quickly derailed should we fail to keep hold of those who are most pivotal in guiding us toward our vision, mission, and objectives.
Leading Productive Innovation
Innovate or die. For modern businesses, the choice is really that simple; we either enthusiastically embrace a culture of innovation or passively prepare for organisational extinction. At a time when 77 new UK companies are being founded every hour, we no longer have the luxury to rest on our laurels. Instead, we as managers and leaders must be proactive in working to create a blueprint for organisational success, built on a foundation of positive products, processes, and people.
What's Next for Workplace Equality?
Take a moment to envisage your perfect employee. How do they conduct themselves? How do they encapsulate your organisation’s core values and philosophy? How do they interact with their colleagues and customers? Upon reflecting on these searching questions, what other characteristics do you begin to associate with your personalised concept of the ideal worker? Are they a particular age? Are they male or female? Are they a specific race or sexual orientation?
Strategise, Sustain, Succeed
From enticing special offers and excellent customer service, to a dedication toward the development of superior products and services, the capacity for our organisations to not only survive but thrive in these turbulent times, has become increasingly dependent on our capability to explore new avenues of innovation
Playing the Wellness Game
In the wake of the fourth industrial revolution and the ever-increasing adoption of digital ways of working, our interest and reliance on 'the internet of things', 'big data analytics', and 'artificial intelligence' has never been more apparent
Adapt to the Future of Work
How can we best prepare for the future? Should we be expecting an imminent artificial intelligence (AI) invasion, be developing contingencies in preparation of another global pandemic, or should we simply remain cautiously optimistic that the 'new normal' in 2021 will be largely reflective of traditional working practices of the past?.
Leadership with grit
'You don’t get anywhere in life without hard work'. At some point in our lives, we have all had these pervasive words of wisdom bestowed upon us, and for good reason. From elite athletes to the world's most influential entrepreneurs, stories of success are often preserved for those select individuals who weren't afraid to put in long hours and (despite all manner of challenges) remain resolute in the pursuit of their personal dreams and professional ambitions.
Maximise Employee Engagement
In an age where feelings of belonging, connection and job-related satisfaction have come to be regarded as essential lubricants in maintaining a well-oiled and high functioning corporate machine, finding ways to ensure our employees remain engaged, especially when working in uncertain and results driven environments, represents a prominent challenge for modern businesses.
Explore the Future of Leadership
The world is changing, and faster than ever. The desire for great leadership has never been in such high demand as it is today. The question many leaders are asking is: how do we ensure that our changing workplaces are reflected with leadership that is responsible, entrepreneurial, and ethically resilient?
Develop Your Entrepreneurial Spirit
How can you push yourself to think innovatively in times of crisis, without spending an enormous amount on advertising? Entrepreneurial marketing is a dynamic approach which lies in the intersection between two well-known fields of research, 'Entrepreneurship' and 'Marketing', and can help established organisations explore how to compete in challenging and resource-constrained contexts.
Diversity & Inclusion: Move from Conversation to Action
In response to the Black Lives Matter movement we have seen a tipping point in vocal support for equality amongst allies in the business community. Is this just good PR? Virtue signalling? Or the start of real change?
Understand luck to succeed
Two people are in a race, and one wins. Did the individual win because of his or her skill or because of luck? What causes some people to be more successful than others? We tend to believe that those who are most successful must have done something right to deserve all the attention and rewards – the individual must have won because of his or her ability, not because the other person was having an off day.
Build Resilience and Adaptability to Bounce Forward
Right now, organisations across all industries are facing enormous business challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis, and attempting to adapt to the 'new normal'. But how long will this 'new normal' last, and when will the 'next normal' begin?
Apply the Principles of Persuasion
How persuasive, inspirational and motivational are you? We all seek to influence the decisions and behaviours of others: persuasion is a fundamental skill when it comes to triggering movements – be it inspiring your team to take action, convincing your customers to choose your product, or attracting investors to back up your project. So, how is successful persuasion best achieved?
Improve organisational performance with gamification
Imagine the following: you sit down, ready to get in a few minutes of playing your favourite video game. You look at the time and suddenly realise that you spent hours making ridiculous faces and moving like a contortionist while trying to reach the top of that leaderboard. Where did the time go? Why are games so engaging, and how can you replicate them in the work environment?
Create a Culture of Belonging
Like food and shelter, a sense of belonging is a fundamental human need. In today’s culturally and age-diverse workplace, the need to feel connected to others and accepted as a group member is more important than ever. If leaders are to not only survive, but thrive in this new era of innovation and disruption, it is essential they learn to embrace these changes and foster a culture of belonging.
Rewire your brain for agility and resilience
Today more than ever, companies across sectors are scrambling to adjust the demands of our fast-changing world. We all strive to reinvent the way we operate and innovate. In this ever-shifting culture, it is easy to forget that while everything else has changed, the way our brains operate has remained the same.
Trigger Innovation and Creativity through Play
When was the last time you played? As we grow older, we are told to be serious, professional and composed, and that playing is an activity meant only for children. Psychologically, this raises a few concerns because human beings, and animals, are born and designed to play. It is in our nature to explore the world in different ways and have fun with it.
Building A Future–Ready Organisation
Predicting the future is not an easy task, nor is it realistically achievable. And yet leaders have always been eager to see into the future and ask themselves: What are the prospects for future success? What external factors will influence the business in six months, a year, two decades?
Unleash Talent Using Sport Psychology
With the increasingly fierce competition to attract and retain great talent, leaders are faced with the question: how do we retain talent? And when is it time to let that talent go? Is there a right way? Surprisingly, most companies get this wrong. And yet, career transitions – whether expected or not – are inevitable throughout the trajectory of our working life. These shifts are commonplace in sport and, if done well, can leave your culture and performance in a better place.
Explore your Customers' Hidden Needs
In this Hot Topic, we will shed light on some of the non-traditional methods that you can use to capture your customers’ imagination and unveil their hidden needs. We hope this month’s Hot Topic will help you gain deeper, original insights on product positioning and messaging.
Enhance the Human Mind with Smart Technology
In this Hot Topic, we will explore the role of human expertise and the use of technology in organisational contexts, examining how human thinking and learning can work together with technology and Artificial Intelligence to get the best of both worlds. We hope that this Hot Topic will stimulate you to re-think the value of intuition, inspiration, and the spark of creativity in shaping human thinking and the future of technology.