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Instincts guide leadership development

Groomingand advising leaders fit for the global stage is a messy business, says DavidButcher. In the first of our occasional Masterclasses, he offers guidance onhow to do it better Interestin leadership thrives on both sides of the Atlantic. Both UK and US articles onleadership continue to be published at a prodigious rate. Butat least one thing is changing. As though to offer a disclaimer for what theyare about to say, authors these days often begin by pointing out that there isstill no agreed definition of leadership. A quick browse through a selection ofboth practitioner and academic publications reveals this to be broadly correct,if a trifle pedantic. Yetthis state of affairs seems to have little impact on leader development andtraining, if mainstream practice is anything to go by. In this arena, what wemean by leadership is clear enough. But is it right, particularly if we arethinking about business leadership?Mostof the effort to develop business leaders takes the setting and communicating ofvision, goals and culture as the starting point. Strong emphasis is placed onunderstanding and deploying appropriate style, and all this is underpinned bythe need to identify and nurture essential personal qualities of leadershiplike integrity, and empathy. Someleaders are very obviously poor communicators, but they nonetheless runsuccessful businesses. Great organisations are sometimes headed by intolerant,narcissistic CEOs who by no stretch of the imagination can be said to varytheir style one iota. They have just the one, otherwise known as theirpersonality. They are often poor coaches, distant figures, who are anything butempathic. Andis it really the case in vibrant enterprises that everyone understands theoverall mission and corporate goals, never mind agrees with them? After all,organisational growth can be hugely exciting, but aimless. So it cannot be thatsimple.Principlesof rationalityOfcourse, business leadership is all about vision and goals if organisationsabide by principles of rationality and corporate unity, and most of us respondbetter to leaders who seem to understand and care about us. Thisfusion of rational and humanistic values, whilst both sensible and comfortable,hardly defines good leadership. There are too many other criteria. Butit is a seductive mix that has both spawned and legitimised a leadershipdevelopment sub-industry founded on these values. Its aim is to help createbusiness leaders capable of uniting and integrating an organisation aroundclear goals, courageously removing obstacles and taking everyone with them asthey go. Allof this must be done through listening deeply to the views of many, andrespecting all. It is a tough job, which is so much development support isneeded.Leadershipdevelopment methods follow naturally from these aims. Psychometric frameworksprovide the bench- mark personal characteristics of effective leaders.Strengths can be built on, whilst “less strong” areas become the focus fordevelopment, or alternatively, may be compensated for. Styleinventories offer templates for deciding how to behave and relate to others indifferent situations. And a burgeoning array of simulated and action learningprocesses – structured and unstructured, behavioural and cognitive, interactiveand solitary, abstract and specific – are used to develop leadership practice,supported by extensive coaching and mentoring processes.Thereis nothing wrong with these elaborate methodologies per se, and the more theycan be combined to develop the person in a holistic sense, the more valuablethey become. If there is one certainty about leadership it is its irreduciblenature. Butthey overemphasise the significance of style and the interpersonal dimension ofleadership. There is also a tendency to fudge the thorny old question ofwhether core leadership qualities can be developed. The assumption is that theycan, although no one is prepared to put money on it.Justas importantly, the model of management and organisation that lies behind thesedevelopment methods is not often born out in practice. And as with allfallacies that arise in the world of education and development, there is greatresistance to acknowledging this.CommunicatinggoalsThereis no point in developing leaders to set and communicate visionary, unifyinggoals if, nowadays, these are largely meaningless to people. With fewexceptions, most corporations, even the brand-based examples like Virgin orMcDonald’s, are umbrella organisations made up of a changing population ofstand-alone businesses. Forthat matter, in the new economy corporations can be expected to come and go atan unprecedented rate. Business leadership now is about creating the conditionsfor organisations to thrive as democratised internal markets, characterised byebb and flow in the fortunes of constituent business units. Thedevelopment process should reflect that, emphasising the need to managestakeholders, to understand empowerment, and to preside judiciously over thepolitical system that in truth is the essence of all organisations. Thetask of leading a business unit mirrors this. It involves treating thecorporate environment as a marketplace, using power well, and being aneffective politician. Only in small businesses that still own themselves is therole of the leader confined to the simple luxury of pursuing entrepreneurialvision.Developmentneeds to stress both leadership content and process. Content is about what abusiness is trying to achieve, what it represents, its rationale. It isfundamentally to do with useable ideas that come from a depth of understandingof the business. In this way, what a business is not about also becomes clear.This implies a strong emphasis on honing analytical skills and knowledge. Incontrast, leadership process is associated with the use of power and pursuingcontent in the context of political opposition. Forthe leader of a business unit this means setting the agenda and realising it inthe face of potential opposition from corporate executives as well as rivals inboth the internal and external markets. In other words, business leadershiprequires rather more than ambition and integrity, essential as these may be. Stylewill not create content, and the interpersonal conventions of good leadershipare of little help in the thick of political negotiation. Few leadershipdevelopment programmes, for example, address the problem of how to use power ina principled way, what it takes to lobby effectively, or how one mightdistinguish between constructive and destructive political processes. And ifthe development agenda needs to change, so do the assumptions about what can bedeveloped and over what period of time. Inthe case of senior and top management, knowledge, cognitive skills andattitudes towards power are hardly malleable, but they are at least susceptibleto change. With the right process, development can be rapid, although it is notusually. It always extends beyond a training intervention. Heartof leadershipSignificanttransitions in style, interaction patterns and qualities like ambition takemuch longer still, if they ever occur. This is a fundamental point that goes tothe heart of what makes someone a leader. Inthat respect it is more realistic to help people be who they already are, wartsand all, rather than become people they are not, and probably do not want tobe.Astrainers and developers, what does this tell us about business leaderdevelopment? Firstly, that we would do well to remind ourselves of how theprocess of becoming a leader is lifelong one. It embraces most, if not all,aspects of the self. Secondly,carefully crafted development methods are not necessarily relevant ones, nomatter how assiduously applied. After all, if a thing is not worth doing, it isnot worth doing well. Leaderdevelopment processes now need to stress business knowledge, organisationalanalysis and the use of power and politics at the expense of style and theinterpersonal dimension. Finally,and perhaps most important of all, we must be clear that what counted asbusiness leadership for most of the 20th century is less appropriate asorganisations are transformed by revolutionary shifts in the businessenvironment. No wonder there is still as much disagreement as ever about thedefinition of leadership.DavidButcher is director of the Business Leaders’ Programme at Cranfield School ofManagement Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Instincts guide leadership developmentOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today read more

Soccer star Hope Solo welcomes twins: See the first photos

first_img Written by April 24, 2020 /Sports News – National Soccer star Hope Solo welcomes twins: See the first photos FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Kevin Mazur/WireImageBy GMA TEAM, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hope Solo and her husband  Jerramy Stevens recently welcomed twins.The former soccer star announced she gave birth on March 4 in her first post featuring her babies on Thursday.Check out the first photos of her twins, Vittorio Genghis Stevens and Lozen Orianna Judith StevensSolo also shared her appreciation for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in a video.“What have we been doing during quarantine? Well as you can see, we’ve been incredibly busy,” she said in a clip featuring her newborns. “Please meet Vittorio and Lozen Stevens, both born in the middle of a pandemic on March 4.”“It has been incredibly stressful times for us,” she continued. “We’ve been out in public more than we wanted to be, but we would like to thank all the incredible nurses and the doctors who helped take care of our babies during our time in NICU.”Solo’s good news comes after she opened up to Elle magazine last year about nearly losing her life after suffering a miscarriage in 2018.She told the magazine that after she miscarried, she found out that she had been pregnant with twins and one had been ectopic.An ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg “implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus [and] the fertilized egg can’t survive. The growing tissue may cause life-threatening bleeding, if left untreated,” according to the Mayo Clinic.Solo told Elle that she was “hours from dying.”“They ended up having to remove my fallopian tubes,” she said. She also told Elle she began in vitro fertilization after her miscarriage.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Register now for the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce holiday decorating contest

first_img× HOBOKEN – All Hoboken businesses are invited to participate in the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce holiday decorating contest by artfully decorating their store frontage to compete for prizes.Registration is now open until Dec. 8. The judging will occur between Dec. 13 and 17, with the winner announced on Dec. 20.First prize is $500, second prize is $300, and third prize will be $200. There are no fees to participate.Participants will be judged on the following criteria: Interpretation of a Sinatra Based Theme, Wow Factor and Curiosity Generating Factor, and Inclusion of Retailer’s Service.To register online go to read more

UN Calls For Calm In Haiti After Jean Candidacy Rejected

first_imgBy Dialogo August 24, 2010 UN peacekeepers in Haiti called for calm on August 21, after electoral officials rejected international hip-hop star Wyclef Jean’s presidential candidacy. Jean, who has a strong following among Haiti’s youth, was the best known of the 15 candidates disqualified from running. The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) called “on political parties and candidates participating in presidential elections to respect the laws prescribed in the Elections Act.” Haiti’s November 28 election is still uncertain in the aftermath of a powerful January 12 earthquake that killed at least 250,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless. The peacekeepers also asked the parties to urge their members to behave with “the greatest serenity and respect for voters” during the electoral process. Jean issued a statement late Friday reaffirming his commitment to the rule of law after council spokesman Richard Dumel announced that his candidacy was rejected. The council did not formally explain its decision, but there have been concerns Jean might not meet residency requirements. Jean also faces questions about US back taxes. “Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same,” Jean said. Jean said he had been inspired to run for president because he believed Haiti become a great country with the right leadership. “But, ultimately, we must respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be,” he said. However in a phone interview broadcast on CNN on August 21, Jean said that he was surprised by the ruling. “This has come to our party and to our group as a total shock,” he told CNN. Fears of angry reaction from Jean’s young supporters in Haiti appeared overblown, as the streets of the country’s capital were calm on August 21. Some Haitian politicians were quick to criticize the music star’s last-minute bid to enter the race. Jean “was a threat to the candidate endorsed by the party in power, but more broadly, a threat to the entire political class because his candidacy had attracted a lot of attention,” former legislator Emmanuel Wesner told AFP. Jean was among 34 presidential candidates whose bids were challenged. In the end, electoral officials rejected bids from all of the Haitians living abroad who wanted to run for president, including Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States who is also Wyclef Jean’s uncle. In an open letter made public before the ruling, Jean said that whatever his own political fate, the world needed to do more to help Haiti, whose already serious woes were multiplied by the catastrophic earthquake. In a report on August 17, The New York Times spotlighted a history of poor financial management at Jean’s Yele Haiti charity, including a 250,000-dollar payment made to a television station that the singer and a cousin had recently acquired. Jean acknowledged “missteps” at the charity before the earthquake but rejected claims of misappropriated funds.last_img read more

Organizations ask Supreme Court to invalidate CFPB’s actions

first_img continue reading » If the structure of the CFPB is unconstitutional, as the Trump Administration admits, the agency’s enforcement actions since it was formed should be invalidated, a payday lender contends.All American Cash Checking and Mid-State Finance, Mississippi-based company is asking the U.S. Supreme Court not only to rule on the constitutionality of the agency, but to rule that its actions are invalid.“It matters little if this Court declares the CFPB unconstitutional but prevailing challengers, such as All American, receive no meaningful relief in their case,” the company’s attorneys, who include former Solicitor General Theodore Olson, said, in asking the court to take up their case.In 2016, the CFPB, under the former Director Richard Cordray, filed suit against the companies and its owner, Michael Gray, contending that the companies and Gray committed abusive and deceptive acts and practices in their business. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

In September, Ryanair operates 16 lines to Croatia

first_imgLines from Zadar Lines from Rijeka Irish low-cost airline Ryanair will continue to operate to 5 Croatian airports in September: Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik on a total of 16 routes, reports from Croatian Aviation. Ryanair will continue to be present at Croatian airports in September, operating on as many as 16 scheduled flights. This is a slightly smaller number of lines compared to July and August, given that certain lines have stopped operating. Lines from Split This airline’s flight schedule at airports. Pula – Brussels Charleroi: runs twice a week, Mondays and Fridays,Pula – Berlin: continues to operate once a week, on Saturdays,Pula – London Stansted: runs twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays. Split – Stuttgart: runs once a week, on Sundays, until September 27,Split – Dublin: runs twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Line from Dubrovnik Zadar – Brussels Charleroi: runs twice a week, on Thursdays and Saturdays,Zadar – Prague: runs once a week, on Saturdays,Zadar – Berlin: runs once a week, on Thursdays, until September 24,Zadar – Cologne: runs once a week, on Sundays,Zadar – Dusseldorf Weeze: runs twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays,Zadar – Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden: runs twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays,Zadar – Stuttgart: runs once a week, on Sundays, until September 27,Zadar – Poznan: runs once a week, on Sundays. Rijeka – Frankfurt Hahn: runs once a week, on Saturdays,Rijeka – London Stansted: runs twice a week, Mondays and Fridays, until 28 September. Lines from Pula Dubrovnik – Dublin: runs twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays.last_img read more

No room for local partisan politics

first_imgI appreciated the Nov. 15 letter, “Parties must work together in Nisky,” by Louis Moskowitz. He hit it right on the head when he stated parties must work together.Communities the size of Niskayuna, Rotterdam, Glenville, the village of Scotia and the county of Schenectady should not have to deal with petty partisan politics. We all know what needs to be done in these locales, and our representatives should be striving together to make this happen. There are good people who have run for office and want to run for office, only to be jaundiced due to the partisan line. Let the people decide what is important for them. Those who have been elected should actually do the peoples’ bidding.Richard Moran Sr.ScotiaThe writer is a retired police officer, village of Scotia trustee, village and town justice.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

VOA timetable will cause delays

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Fruity yard makes life all the merrier at Redlynch Valley home

first_img1 McColl Cl, Redlynch is on the market.SET high in Redlynch Valley, surrounded by trees bearing mangoes, lychees, grapefruit, lemons, avocados, starfruit, cumquat, tamarind, cacao and Kaffir lime, if ever there was a definition of a tropical residential paradise, this would be it.The home features large entertainment areas.Krystyna and Edward Piorkowski have tended the garden, built a smokehouse and constantly churned deliciously fresh Polish cuisine out of the kitchen of their stunning McColl Cl home of 10 years.But in the later years of life they have decided to downgrade to a smaller place.“We are so high up in the forest, the view from the house is magnificent and uninterrupted,” Mr Piorkowski said.“The slope of the hill is connected with the jungle and none of the neighbours have built the fence so the free access from the backyard to the rainforest brings echidnas and wallabies into our yard. There is a beautiful view from the master bedroom and the living room. It is the same from the patio and we have absolute privacy.”The new kitchen is a buyer’s dream.Cairns Property Office’s Shane Trimby said the price tag, which is less than $800,000, offered so much to buyers.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoTwo of the three bedrooms have walk-in robes while a stunning master bedroom opens on to a patio with stunning views, a walk-in robe, ensuite with large shower and separate toilet.“Entertain with homemade goodies made in a chef’s kitchen complete with stone benchtops, a dishwasher, gas cooking, a large oven, plenty of cupboards, a large pantry a full breakfast bar,” Mr Trimby said.“The main living opens on to two large shaded patio areas complete with views of the pool, surrounding mountains and gardens.“Perfectly situated on the 1.778sq m block and elevated so it catches the cooling valley breezes and takes in the stunning mountain back drop – plus, it is a gardener’s paradise.“There is also plenty of space to park boats and caravans and room for a shed if needed.”The saltwater pool has a beautiful water feature.The saltwater pool comes with a fully plumbed outdoor shower and there is a custom-made three-quarter front door.The house is fully tiled, with high ceilings and Crimsafe security.The property has more than doubled in price since it was last sold in 2008.last_img read more

Vessel Calls from Oakland to Southeast Asia Up by 50 Pct

first_imgThe Port of Oakland has assumed a more prominent role in Southeast Asian trade, the port’s executive director Chris Lytle said, announcing that direct vessel calls from Oakland to Southeast Asia have risen by 50 percent this spring.Namely, direct weekly vessel calls to Southeast Asia have risen from 10-to-15 since April 1. Further highlights that prompted the increase in the number of vessel calls include the first direct vessel service between Oakland and Jakarta, an increase from 2-to-4 weekly voyages linking Oakland with the Port of Laem Chabang near Bangkok; and an added weekly Singapore call enabling more cargo to be transported from nearby Cambodia to Oakland.“Southeast Asia is a dynamic region with significant export potential and increasing demand for U.S. products,” Lytle said. “It’s imperative that we position ourselves to serve this market.”Lytle further added that Oakland’s growing Southeast Asian presence coincides with changes to shipping line alliances. Eleven leading ocean carriers realigned in April, sharing vessel services to control costs. One outgrowth of their restructuring was heightened emphasis on Oakland-Southeast Asia trade.Shipping lines have been drawn to Southeast Asia due to shifting trade patterns, Lytle said. The region has grown as a manufacturing center for U.S. markets, he pointed out.  Meanwhile its growing middle class populations have increased demand for U.S. products. The result is an uptick in two-way trade, which should translate to more business for ocean carriers.”The Port of Oakland, and the state of California more broadly, play a critical role in the United States’ economic relationship with Southeast Asia,” said Alexander Feldman, President and CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “California is the largest U.S. exporter to Southeast Asia, with almost USD 16 billion in exports just last year, supporting over 87,000 jobs.”The two-way trade between the U.S. and Southeast Asia last year totaled USD 273 billion, Feldman said.last_img read more