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Lead with a story

Lead With A Story

February 9, 2016 No Comments

As I read this book, it put me in mind of so many stories I’ve heard and experienced in my own management career. In short, I was hooked with the stories penned by Paul Smith, which led me to think about my own stories. It also started me thinking about how I could use more stories in my own work. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.

In “Lead With a Story”, Smith sets out with the aim of having the reader “start crafting, collecting, and telling stories today”. All the stories are about particular aspects of leadership and how stories can assist the manager navigate successfully through various leadership challenges.

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Leadership and perspective

Power and Perspective – What’s Yours?

February 3, 2016 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2016

As we rise to more powerful roles there are a number of blind spots that come with that acquisition of power. If we know the blind spots we can choose to avoid them and be more effective as leaders.    How might this relate to leaders?

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Danny Meyer’s Team Faces a No-Tipping World

November 17, 2015 No Comments

Thanksgiving came early this year to the Modern. Not the holiday of turkey and cranberry sauce, but the custom of family members lovingly and contentiously coming together to talk (and talk) about the things that unite and divide them.

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Rugby World Cup

Managing Change – Coming From Behind

November 3, 2015 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2015

About a month ago, Sydney hosted the grand final of the National Rugby League. At half time in a close game, the North Queensland Cowboys were down 12-14 to the Brisbane Broncos. As the teams ran back onto the field after half-time, I said to Jude, my wife, “Given ‘loss aversion’, the Cowboys win it from here!” The Cowboys did come from behind and won in a thriller. Why did this happen?

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Interview question

Accents in team work

Can accents affect team work?

October 6, 2015 No Comments

Andrew O’Keeffe ©2015

Humans aren’t the only species that speak with an accent. Chimpanzees do as well – and for the same reason. Accents help signal group membership and identifies whether an individual is “one of us” versus “one of them”.   How might this relate to our teams?

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17 Things You Should Never Say If You Want to Be Taken Seriously

September 23, 2015 No Comments

How many of these do we say every day–without knowing how they affect the way others perceive us?

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Bosses to work for

8 Secrets of the Boss Employees Genuinely Love to Work For

September 9, 2015 No Comments

I liked working for some of my bosses. But only one of them was a boss I genuinelyloved to work for.

That’s because the bosses we love to work for have not just great technical skills but also qualities that make an impact where it matters the most: in the hearts and minds of the people they lead.

If you are a boss people genuinely love to work for, here are eight traits that set you apart.

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Build ‘Scaffolds’ to Improve Performance of Temporary Teams

August 18, 2015 No Comments

Many critical tasks are performed by teams created on the fly, but lack of stability can hinder their performance. Amy Edmondson and Melissa Valentine use the idea of scaffolds to produce greater collaboration and efficiency on temporary teams

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The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

August 12, 2015 No Comments

“By shifting the investments that societies make and the policies they pursue, they can steer large populations to the kinds of experiential pursuits that promote greater happiness,” write Gilovich and his coauthor, Amit Kumar, in their recent article in the academic journal Experimental Social Psychology.

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