If leadership were a democracy…

September 30, 2014 Simon Leadership Bite Size

Would your team vote for you? Would your boss vote for you? Would your peers vote for you? Would the customers your team serves vote for you? If leadership (as opposed to management) is about having willing followers, this would be an interesting test of whether you are seen as a leader or manager. Food […]

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Neuroleadership Summit 2013

July 19, 2013 Simon Miscellaneous

The EMEA Neuroleadership Summit 2013 is coming to London 24-26th September. As this new area of applied science continues to evolve and gather pace, it is good to see the revised format of this year’s summit. Day 1 will be Neuroleadership 101, enabling new entrants and students to the field to become familiar previous research […]

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Be careful when you throw things over the fence

November 26, 2012 Simon Leadership Bite Size

Whether you are delegating or providing feedback to your team, be careful when you do it. For example, ‘throwing something over the fence’ on a Friday afternoon can ruin someone’s weekend and in turn, this does not lead to high motivation and engagement. I’m sure most of the time this just happens because a leader is clearing their […]

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How can leaders provide invisible support?

November 5, 2012 Simon Leadership Development

One of the most interesting insights I gained from the 2012 Neuroleadership Summit was Kevin Ochsner’s research suggesting that ‘invisible support’ could be more brain friendly and effective than ‘visible support’. For many years now I have espoused the principle that the primary function of a leader is to create an environment in which their […]

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Insights from the Neuroleadership Summit 2012

October 17, 2012 Simon Leadership Development

#2012NLS This was my first Neuroleadership Summit so I was unsure what to expect. It is a relatively small event (circa 300 attendees) which is not surprising given the emerging nature of the discipline. For three segments of the day, there is only a single session to attend (i.e. no choice) with a choice of […]

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Are leaders responsible for employee engagement?

July 4, 2012 Simon Leadership Development

Last year, I wrote an article suggesting that leadership performance should be measured via a hybrid of results and employee engagement. But to what extent can leaders be held responsible for the motivation and engagement of their people? To a certain extent, each team member must be responsible for their own motivation and career development. However, […]

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ASTD Conference 2012 – Wednesday

May 9, 2012 Simon Leadership Development

For my final session at ASTD 2012 I thought I would try something a little different and went to the Leader as Storyteller presented by Evrim Kuram of Dinamo Training and Consulting. Evrim means evolution in Turkish (which was so memorable because of her first story) and the lady herself had a delightful presentation style […]

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ASTD Conference 2012 – Tuesday

May 8, 2012 Simon Leadership Development

Following her impactful performance on yesterday’s panel session, I decided to switch my planned first session today and attend Beverly Kaye’s May I See Your Whine List? How managers can support development. Key messages from Bev’s intro were: – Organizations should begin to reward people for just growing in their careers. – What sounds like a whine […]

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ASTD Conference 2012 – Monday

May 7, 2012 Simon Leadership Development

I spent some time earlier in the day exploring the Expo. Maybe it was the new aftershave I’m wearing but there were far fewer enthusiastic sales people grabbing me than is usually the case. The one stand where I spent some considerable time was speaking with Dustin Clinard of MindGym. Their revamped curriculum of 90 […]

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ASTD Conference 2012 – Sunday

May 6, 2012 Simon Leadership Development

Having spent a relaxing Saturday exploring the delights of Denver, today (Sunday) I eased my way into the 2012 ASTD conference. Registration was slick, although throughout the day the queue for collecting the freebies from the ASTD stand was sufficiently long to deter me from collecting my goodie bag. Of the sessions I attended today, […]

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