Category: Grow Your Geeks

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3 High-Tech Leadership Challenges to Ensure Growth

You’re not alone. As leaders, we all share the excitement of building a great company and creating the future through innovative solutions, but we also share the high-tech leadership challenges that so often sabotage those plans — the challenges that come with growth and can keep you awake in the early hours.  I call them

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Seven Award Winning Business Books to Read

Are you wondering what business books to read this year?  Wonder no more. Last Friday night I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the inaugural Business Book Awards at The Grange City Hotel, London. The Awards are the brainchild of Lucy McCarraher, the Managing Editor of my publisher, Rethink Press and were organised wonderfully

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leadership roles

How to Identify Your Critical Leadership Roles

In my last blog post I talked about the need to align your leadership development strategy with your business strategy.  And that means identifying the leadership roles that will be critical to success.  That’s what this blog post is about. While every role in your company is important, not every role is critical or strategic. Critical

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leadership development strategy

How to Align Your Leadership Development Strategy with Your Business Strategy

Did you know that only a quarter of organisations say their leadership development programmes are effective at improving performance? Research by McKinsey shows that one of the biggest mistakes companies make is they don’t align their leadership development strategy with their business strategy. So, let’s fix that.  This blog post looks at how you can

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leadership development initiative

How to Get Buy-In for a Leadership Development Initiative

Leadership development is something that every organisation knows it should do. But why? What will it help you achieve? What problems will it help you avoid or address? What would be the benefits of investing the time and money in a leadership development initiative? If you don’t have the answers, it will be hard to

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successful leadership development\

Five Powerful Beliefs to Guide Successful Leadership Development

Successful leadership development is a goal many of us strive for. When you’re responsible for developing leaders in a fast-growing company, you have many questions to answer. How can you develop the confident and skilful leaders your company needs for its continued growth and success? How can you do it in a way that is dynamic

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Why strategic leadership development is critical for business growth

I’ll bet most of the companies that are in life-or-death battles got into that kind of trouble because they didn’t pay enough attention to developing their leaders. Wayne Calloway, former Chairman, PepsiCo Inc. Here’s the bottom line: companies which don’t invest in developing their leaders make less than half the revenue per employee compared to

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accelerated leadership development

Accelerated Leadership Development for Fast-Growing Organisations

Accelerated growth requires accelerated leadership development and that means accelerated behaviour change.  Business results, business change and business success all stem from the behaviour of individuals. If your leaders are going to develop their leadership skills, they need to experiment with small changes in behaviours. Even after very basic training sessions, adults typically retain just

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leadership skills for rapid growth

2 quick ways to identify the leadership skills you need for rapid growth

The starting point for accelerating leadership development is to focus on leadership skills for rapid growth.  In other words, the key leadership skills and behaviours that will really make a difference to performance and help you realise your vision. I emphasise behaviours because you need to focus on observable actions that will deliver business results.

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retain valued employees

Do you know the best way to retain valued employees?

When you’re growing a company, your priority is having the technical skills to deliver for the client.  So that’s what companies focus on.  They don’t think about leadership skills.  But that’s a mistake.  To grow a successful company, you need to retain valued employees.  And that means you need leadership throughout the organisation.  Even if

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