New research: Senior in-fighting undermines engagement and it’s the CEO’s fault

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In December, London Business School released a new piece of research: their 2017 Business Leaders Survey. The surveyed asked 1,248 individuals in senior positions from varying sizes of organizations across 12 sectors and 98 countries for their perspective on what are the major leadership and development challenges facing their organizations. The research found that the 5 biggest challenges facing leaders and their organizations today are employee engagement, effective strategy execution, talent management, siloed working practices  and how to encourage better

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Rid your company of the annual review to boost productivity

This is a guest post from Dan Halston on behalf of Money Crashers. Annual performance reviews are going the way of the dodo bird. Rewind a few years and any respected company was putting their employees through the dreaded paces of the annual review. In lots of companies, it not only includes an assessment from the boss but also inputs from colleagues and the employee. A funny thing has been happening in recent years, though: a handful of companies, including

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Engagement, why do we do what we do and why does it matter to our customers – Interview with Scott Gould

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Today’s interview is with Scott Gould, an engagement advisor, speaker and author of the recent book: The Shape of Engagement: The Art of Building Enduring Connections with Your Customers, Employees and Communities. Scott joins me to talk about his new book, what engagement is and what it isn’t, what most organisations get wrong when it comes to engagment, what we can learn from his book and how we can put it into practice so we can generate more of it

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A story about leadership, recognition and what goes around comes around

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Towards the end of last year, I wrote a piece about the herculean card writing efforts of Sheldon Yellen, BELFOR’s CEO. Since then I’ve told the story of Sheldon’s efforts a number of times both in direct discussions with clients and in workshops that I have been delivering. Every time I tell the story it generates a range of reactions. Everything from raised eyebrows, disbelief and wow! to how does he do it, he surely doesn’t write them all himself,

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The Age Of Agile and why agile is more than a tool or method – Interview with Steve Denning

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Today’s interview is with Steve Denning, who describes himself as a writer, author, journalist and a renaissance man. He is very modest so I have included a more detailed bio for him below. As well as being a fellow Forbes contributor, he has just published a new book called The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done and joins me to day to talk about the new book, the imperative behind it and what

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Fairness For All, workplace happiness and an inside look at the John Lewis Partnership – Interview with Lord Mark Price

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Today’s interview is with Lord Mark Price, who is the former Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership. Mark joins me today to talk about his book: Fairness For All (the first book to explore the unique and much admired model of the John Lewis Partnership), the pursuit of workplace happiness, what companies getting right, what are they getting wrong and what they should be doing differently. This interview follows on from my recent interview

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Start building a better culture by doing this one thing consistently this year

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I recently read a story about Sheldon Yellen, the CEO of BELFOR Holdings, Inc, a global disaster relief and property restoration company, who personally writes a birthday card to everyone one of Belfor’s 7,400 employees every year. That’s some effort. To put that into context that works out, on average, to be 37 cards every working day of the year. Now, many CEOs or other leaders may see this as a frivolous activity or not a good use of their

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Brands can create a better customer experience by being purpose driven – Interview with Alicia Tillman, CMO of SAP

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Today’s interview is with Alicia Tillman, the new global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software. Alicia joins me today to talk purpose and how brands can create a better customer experience by being a purpose driven brand. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Public Enemy and getting practical with AI in the contact centre – Interview with Mikhail Naumov – and is number 245 in the series of interviews

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Four insights from leading thinkers that will transform your employee engagement and performance

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Despite heavy investment by organizations to improve their customer experience, customers still complain about inconsistent and unsatisfactory experiences. Moreover, when put to leaders and managers of many organizations they often cite lack of collaboration and communication, silo-ed thinking and the disappointing results of their digital and transformation efforts as some of the main reasons behind their their inability to deliver a consistent and delightful customer experience. Therefore, to achieve the performance levels that customers and leaders want, something has to

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