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Veteran start-up mentor, Marty Zwilling, recently wrote on Huffington Post that entrepreneurship is more about building a business than inventing a product. It’s about execution as opposed to the quality of an idea and most importantly, being a proactive leader who connects both to his team and his customers. 

 

In his recent book, “Infectious: how to connect deeply and unleash the energetic leader within”, business coach and author Achim Nowack talks about how today’s technology allows leaders to communicate at a furious pace, tweeting, emailing and texting more than ever before. And yet, too many leaders know less than ever about how to connect and get others to commit to their business or product. 

Veteran start-up mentor, Marty Zwilling, recently wrote on Huffington Post that entrepreneurship is more about building a business than inventing a product. It’s about execution as opposed to the quality of an idea and most importantly, being a proactive leader who connects both to his team and his customers. 

 

In his recent book, “Infectious: how to connect deeply and unleash the energetic leader within”, business coach and author Achim Nowack talks about how today’s technology allows leaders to communicate at a furious pace, tweeting, emailing and texting more than ever before. And yet, too many leaders know less than ever about how to connect and get others to commit to their business or product. 

One Skill to Master Them All

Posted on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 in Business Skills

Could there really be one integrally important skill that eclipses all others? A discipline which, if mastered, will enable all the other skills you possess to flourish? Maryling Yu believes there is. In her article, The Most Important Skill in Life (It’s Not What You Think), Yu argues that the ability to become happy and stay happy is the number one key to personal development.

 

Yu’s logic is simple. While many others, when questioned about the most valuable skills in the workplace, will likely respond with focus, communication or leadership skills, Yu believes that none of these capabilities are truly effective unless you have learnt to master your emotions.

One Skill to Master Them All

Posted on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 in Business Skills

Could there really be one integrally important skill that eclipses all others? A discipline which, if mastered, will enable all the other skills you possess to flourish? Maryling Yu believes there is. In her article, The Most Important Skill in Life (It’s Not What You Think), Yu argues that the ability to become happy and stay happy is the number one key to personal development.

 

Yu’s logic is simple. While many others, when questioned about the most valuable skills in the workplace, will likely respond with focus, communication or leadership skills, Yu believes that none of these capabilities are truly effective unless you have learnt to master your emotions.

Great leaders are also great listeners

Posted on Thursday, 18 July 2013 in Leadership

We’re constantly reminded of the importance of great communication skills when it comes to effective leadership. Most of the time we associate effective communication with the ability to convey a message accurately, but what about the equally important aspect of communication which relates to receiving messages well? 

Five ways to become the leader your team needs

Posted on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 in Leadership

In today’s competitive business environment, a great team is essential in ensuring an organisation’s success in achieving its business goals.  A great team leader can be the difference between having a motivated team that works together well or a fragmented team of individuals all pulling in different directions. As Mark Sanborn, a leadership development coach, points out, there are not many natural born leaders, but many team leaders train themselves by learning from others and through personal experience, in order to improve their team leadership skills.

Richard Stengel’s book Mandela’s Way – Lessons of Life illustrates Mandela’s leadership style:  “Leadership at its most fundamental is about moving people in a certain direction – usually through changing the direction of their thinking and their actions.  This is not necessarily done by charging out front and saying “Follow me”, but by empowering or pushing others to move forward ahead of you.  It is through empowering others that we impart our own leadership and ideas.”

The progress of women in the business world is an age old topic of debate but one which remains relevant even as the proportion of women in the workplace and specifically in executive roles rises.


An update on the latest statistics

 

A report published a few years ago recommended that FTSE 100 companies should aim for a minimum of 25% female representation on their boards by 2015.  The latest figures show that women now hold 17.3% of board positions, so the percentage is gradually increasing, as women make their mark in the business world.

The traditional role of HR within an organisation is often defined as “managing the employees within a company, who collectively contribute to the achievement of the company’s strategic objectives”. It is the individual people who make up an organisation and contribute to its success.  HR assists the organisation by attracting new employees, developing the skills required to meet the organisation’s goals, and ultimately creating a loyal and motivated workforce. 

While most managers and executives know how crucial personal branding may be in positioning themselves, they often don't know how to extend that concept to the web when presenting their profile. Being business savvy does not necessarily translate to competence in the online positioning of their professional image, which may put them at a disadvantage.

 

Three questions recruiters must ask

Posted on Monday, 04 June 2012 in Talent

In the article below Maxwell asks three critical questions of candidates for the presidency of the US Government.  We at Fusion Consulting don't interview candidates for president (although we'd love to) but we do interview people who must be decisive and passionate leaders in their new positions. 

The following is the final in a four-part series on leadership trends for 2012.  We hope that you will find the articles enlightening and that you will be able to apply these strategies to make your business more ‘sticky’ to your employees!

Leadership and innovation

One of the hallmarks of a great leader is that he can inspire those under him to be innovative. He will strongly stimulate the creativity of each one so that they eventually maximise their potential – something most of them would find it difficult to achieve on their own.

The following is the third in a four-part series on leadership trends for 2012.  We hope that you will find the articles enlightening and that you will be able to apply these strategies to make your business more ‘sticky’ to your employees!

Ethical leadership

Worldwide corruption in business and politics is rife. The focus on money, and its acquisition, has long been the norm in business and the term ‘cut-throat’ is often bandied about to describe fierce or relentless competition at the expense of decency.

Fabio BarbosaFortunately the tide is slowly beginning to turn as young entrepreneurs realise that business, conceived in its purest sense, must be practised according to ethical standards. Virgin magnate Richard Branson, writing for Leadership magazine, quotes Santander Brasil’s CEO, Fabio Barbosa, on this point:

The following is the second in a four-part series on leadership trends for 2012.  We hope that you will find the articles enlightening and that you will be able to apply these strategies to make your business more ‘sticky’ to your employees!

Leadership by example

Free State University vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen, espouses spiritual and emotional qualities as key to exemplary leadership:

‘I have learned that leadership is not only technical and muscular; it is also spiritual and emotional. The textbooks are wrong. Strong leaders are in touch with their own emotions and the emotions of their followers. They know that the “bottom line” can only be achieved by relating to the spiritual and emotional lives of people.’

Empathy is an invaluable leadership trait in motivating and inspiring people. This sensitive and emotional quality never gained recognition in a hard masculine business environment but the advent of female leaders has changed that.

The following is the first in a four-part series on leadership trends for 2012.  We hope that you will find the articles enlightening and that you will be able to apply these strategies to make your business more ‘sticky’ to your employees!

Talent retention through ‘soft’ skills

Holding onto talented staff is a key factor in the stability and growth of any business. This should be one of the top three business priorities for 2012.

A startling survey of 2 000 employees conducted by the Hudson Institute in 2000, found that one-third were no longer committed and planned to leave their jobs within two years, 39% were uncommitted but planned to stay anyway and only 24% were committed and intended sticking around for another two years.

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