Leadership

Is Self-Help making you feel worse?

By Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published with SUCCESS   Isn’t personal development or self-help meant to inspire us so that we can make our lives better? It’s supposed to motivate us, but does it? That’s a question we sometimes face in the self-improvement industry, where the difference between where we are and where we want to be…

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Rethinking the S.W.O.T. Analysis

BY Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published with The CEO Magazine Anyone who’s sat through a strategic workshop at anytime during the past decade will be familiar with the SWOT analysis. Simply put, it stands for Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats and has informed not only planning days and leadership forums but also a large majority of the…

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7 ways to lead people that don’t want to be led

Stop obsessing over how things get done. Worry more about what gets done. BY Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan   Originally published with SUCCESS Leadership used to be a top-down, pyramid-style structure. The journey to the top was clearly marked. A student graduates college, finds an entry-level job sorting mail or going on coffee runs. They pay their dues, work…

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Why an enemy can be good for business

by Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published with The CEO Magazine http://blogs.the-ceo-magazine.com/danandkieran/why-enemy-good-business The self-help industry and the associated cult of positivity often leave us with an incomplete picture of the environment we find ourselves in. We end up seeing only opportunity without risk and end up relying on hope as a strategy. But just as…

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Gen Ys and Millennials: ‘They Might Be Right’

by Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published with SUCCESS http://www.success.com/article/gen-ys-and-millennials-they-might-be-right The Gen Y and millennial generations have been harshly criticized by its Gen X and baby boomer counterparts, people who have survived economic downturns, recessions, the digital revolution, outsourcing and off-shoring and still managed to maintain their “greed is good” work ethic. So they…

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Why leaders need to think Selfish, Scared & Stupid

By Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published by CEO Magazine http://blogs.the-ceo-magazine.com/guest/why-leaders-need-think-selfish-scared-stupid Today leaders are largely defined by two characteristics: an aptitude for making hard decisions; for reading situations and demonstrating credible judgment whilst amplifying certainty, and secondly, an ability to influence others; to persuade, to inspire and to shift hearts and minds. Both of…

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The matrix is everywhere

Of course, it’s not exactly the Matrix Morpheus prophesied about in the movie of the same name, but it is just as insidious and just as invisible. Human beings just love a bit of self delusion. It’s reported that 80% of people rate themselves as better than average drivers (although clearly less than average mathematicians).…

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Be the change

We don’t like change. We say we do. We say things like “a change is as good as a holiday”, but we don’t mean it. Just try puting “change” in a staff member’s remuneration package in place of their annual leave and see how far that gets you. In fact we resist change pretty much…

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Collaboration: CO-PIs™ not just KPIs

Collaboration has always been seen as a bit of a touchy-feely nice to have. But the truth is, in a far more complicated and interconnected world, Collaborative Intelligence, or We-Q™, as we call it is a critical skill for success today. We really don’t do anything on our own. For example, the process of making…

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Put the hammer down

There’s an old adage that posits, “When you have hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.” No doubt an argument favored by those who support gun control. But in business, our reliance on process as usual at the expense of good judgment leaves us bashing away at every problem we confront with the same…

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