Strategy, Narcissists and Early Risers

Each Friday, we highlight five popular news stories from the world of training professionals. Visit our blog each week to see which stories were trending amongst your industry peers.

Harvard Business Review: Strategy and the Uncertainty Excuse by Roger Martin
Many business executives say they can’t or won’t do strategy because their operating environment is changing so much. There isn’t enough certainty to be able to ‘do strategy’ effectively. But Martin argues that without strategy, a company runs the risk of its numerous daily choices having no coherence to them, of being contradictory across divisions and levels, and of amounting to very little of meaning.

Inc.: What Your Team Really Hates About Your Leadership Style by Jessica Stillman
Vineet Nayar, CEO of Indian IT company HCL Technologies, used social media to get the unvarnished truth about his employees’ most hated boss behaviors. Their top complaint? It turns out just about no one on any rung of the career ladder feels they get enough plain talking at work. No rose-tinted spectacles for today’s employee; they have the pluck to look at their failures and successes and have little patience for circuitous comments.

CBS: Narcissism: The Problem with “Bold” Leadership by Margaret Heffernan
When Eric Schmidt decided that he knew better than the U.S. state department and headed off to North Korea, it looked like a bold move. When Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld decided that, over the opposition from employees and many of her company’s board members, that she would acquire Cadbury, that looked bold, too. When, after months of wrangling, the CEOs of Xstrata and Glencore finally agreed to merge their huge extraction companies, they looked big and tough and strong. This is what we expect of leaders, isn’t it? But would you like to work for any of these people? A recent study, discussed in this article, exposes the problems behind narcissistic leaders and “bold” leadership styles.

Business Insider: 27 Executives Who Wake Up Really Early by Max Nisen and Gus Lubin
Getting up early is a no brainer for most executives. It means being awake during a part of the day when there are few distractions. It means reacting to the biggest news of the day while others are dreaming. And in the evening you have the option to work late too —  or to get to sleep early while others are partying and watching TV. Whether they were born early risers or learned good sleep habits, these people know how to seize the day.

Chief Learning Officer: Employees Take Charge of Their Development by Mike Prokoeak
The days of training as something that is done to you are ending. Replacing it is a more employee-driven model that is responsive to changing career paths and organizational priorities. In some cases, rather than simply delivering training and information, it’s best to help employees understand their desired career path, identify strengths and weaknesses and locate development resources based on these conclusions.

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