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This newsletter covers the drivers of leadership effectiveness from two of the world's leading management consultancies (McKinsey&Co and Boston Consulting Group), and we have followed this up with a review of Jim Loehr's latest book, The only way to win.

DO take the time to review these short articles and the book review and we hope you enjoy.

 
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"The longer you've known someone—the more history there is between you—the longer it will take to establish in their mind that you have truly changed. Remember, forgiveness is an altogether different thing from trust or respect. Forgiveness is about the past. Trust and respect are about the future. Forgiveness will be in the hands of others and can be given to you, but trust and respect are in your own hands and must be earned."
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FOUR BEHAVIOURS THAT DEFINE LEADER EFFECTIVENESS
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Global Management company, McKinsey&Co1 set out to find out what are the top behaviours that successful leaders consistently demonstrate.  With a list of 20 distinct leadership traits, they analysed responses from a staggering 189,000 people in 81 diverse organisations around the world. 

These four behaviours are not rocket science, yet are frequently not applied with rigour, skill and diplomacy.
  1. Solving problems effectively.  As McKinsey point out: this is deceptively difficult to get right, yet it is a key input into decision making for major issues as well as daily ones (such as how to handle a team dispute).
  2. Operating with a strong results orientation.  Leaders with a strong results orientation tend to emphasise the importance of efficiency and productivity and to prioritise the highest-value work.
  3. Seeking different perspectives. This trait is very noticeable in managers who monitor trends,  encourage employees to contribute ideas that could improve performance, and perhaps most importantly, accurately differentiate between important and unimportant issues.
  4. Supporting others. Leaders who are supportive understand and sense how other people feel. They build trust and inspire and help colleagues to overcome challenges.
How well does your leadership team apply these four behaviours?

A good management newsletter that is worth subscribing to.

1 "
Decoding leadership: What really matters."
By Claudio Feser, Fernanda Mayol, and Ramesh Srinivasan (McKinsey Quarterly, Jan 2015)
HOW IS YOUR ORGANISATIONAL ENERGY?
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We notice that talking about energy in organisations has become fashionable these days.  Even though Jim Loehr (see book review below) made energy frontline in leadership over 15 years ago, it has taken some considerable time for mainstream leaders to understand the power of it. 

Last month, the Boston Consulting Group1 published a lengthy article on the topic and they quite rightly point out that by energy, "we do not mean personality, passion, charisma, extroversion, or cheerleading; it is more about authenticity, character, discipline, and communication."

Perhaps the most critical take-home message from this is the re-enforcement of the fact that energy is closely related to alignment and employee engagement.  They note, contributing CEOs said "when you walk into a high-performance organisation, you can feel the difference. Instead of staring blankly at their screens or slouching in meetings, people are invigorated. They are instilled with purpose; they know what they are supposed to be doing and how it relates to the tasks of their colleagues."


As one CEO said, “Energy plays an important role in bringing your best self forward.”  

How effective are you at monitoring your energy levels to bring your best self forward?   It is this area of capacity building that our Rural Leader's Bootcamp is built around. 

Another good management newsletter that is worth subscribing to.


1 "Good Vibrations: The CEO’s Practical Guide to Create and Amplify Energy".
By
Roselinde Torres, Peter Tollman, Susie Grehl, and Eva Sage-Gavin (BCG Perspectives, May 2016)
BOOK REVIEW:  THE ONLY WAY TO WIN
by Jim Loehr
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When Volkswagen revealed in September 2015 that it had installed software on millions of cars in order to trick the Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions testers into thinking that the cars were more environmentally friendly than they were, investors deserted the company wiping roughly $US 20 billion of the market value. 

Jim Loehr brings sharply into focus how the drive and focus on Performance Character Strengths frequently blindsides us to the importance of Moral Character Strengths.

If want to make your organisational values work, then read this book.  It is a solid foundation for establishing a culture that is congruent with your core values.
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