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HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SHOULD STEP ASIDE ?

02-Apr-2012 - Les Hayman I have always believed that someone in a senior executive role, particularly a CEO, should not stay in the job for more than about 5-6 years, as I believe that everything that you will do after that is likely to be just a rerun, and you will also... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHO WANTS TO BE A CEO ?

14-Nov-2011 - Les Hayman I am often asked about what characteristics I believe are needed to be able to become a successful CEO. It’s not an easy question to answer as there are so many different aspects that one can address, and libraries of management books have been w... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHY PERFORMANCE REVIEWS DON’T WORK

04-Aug-2014 - Les Hayman “An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.” American actress and sex symbol Mae West (1893-1980) I was recently involved in sitting in with a Regional Head while he reviewed his direct reports, just so I could get an understanding of h... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHAT COULD THE GREEK GODS HAVE DONE IN MANAGEMENT ROLES TODAY

14-Jul-2014 - Les Hayman “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” American spiritual teacher, author and lecturer Marianne Williamson I have long had a fascination with the Greek Gods and particularly in t... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE LEADERSHIP GAP

30-Jun-2014 - Les Hayman “It is the men behind who make the man ahead.” American editor and author, Merle Crowell (1906-1959) I have recently been invited to give the opening keynote at the 2014 HRM Expo in Cologne, Germany this coming October, my given topic being “Are ... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE FIRST CRITICAL HOUR IN THE DAY OF A MANAGER

23-Jun-2014 - Les Hayman “A manager is not a person who can do the work better than his men; he is a person who can get his men to do the work better than he can.” Frederick W. Smith, founder, chairman and CEO of Federal Express Most business people whom I know spend the... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHAT DEFINES A GREAT JOB

26-May-2014 - Les Hayman I recently had the privilege of speaking to a group of young business graduates in London about how to manage their careers. It was an exciting couple of hours for me, and helped to reinforce my belief that every generation is smarter, more excit... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHY SUCCESSION PLANS RARELY WORK

28-Apr-2014 - Les Hayman In my last blog post (see “How to identify a future leader” posted April 21, 2014) I stated that while many companies have implemented some formalised succession planning processes, most of these didn’t really work, as very few achieve the intend... Lesen Sie mehr »

NOT ALL MANAGERS ARE CREATED EQUAL

07-Apr-2014 - Les Hayman “We are all flawed, but basically effective managers are people whose flaws are not fatal under the circumstances. Maybe the best managers are simply ordinary, healthy people who are not too screwed up”. Canadian academic and author Henry Mintzbe... Lesen Sie mehr »

ARE WE READY FOR WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY ?

17-Mar-2014 - Les Hayman “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried.” Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965). Author: Hanhil at nl.wikipedia; PD-AUTEUR; Released into the public domain; via Wikimedia Commons ... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHEN DID EVERYONE BECOME A LEADER ?

10-Mar-2014 - Les Hayman “Life isn’t easy, and leadership is harder still.” Bard College Professor Walter Russell Mead Author: Chatham House; CC BY 2.0 license; via Wikimedia Commons I can remember a time when the term “leader” was used to describe the most senior pers... Lesen Sie mehr »

LEADERS LEAVE LEGACIES

13-Jan-2014 - Les Hayman “The only thing you take with you when you are gone is what you leave behind.” John Allston (1666-1719). I find that one of the things that you think about as you get older is whether you will leave anything worthwhile behind after you are gone, ... Lesen Sie mehr »

A POINT OF REFERENCE

17-Nov-2013 - Les Hayman I am quite often named as a referee for old colleagues who are looking to change their roles. I generally have no issue with doing this, but I have been surprised that on some occasions I have had no prior knowledge that they have given my name a... Lesen Sie mehr »

MOST CEOS ARE NOT MANAGED WELL ENOUGH BY THEIR BOARDS

04-Nov-2013 - Les Hayman I have served on quite a large number of different boards for companies of all sizes, in different countries and cultures, and believe that generally boards do not manage their CEOs well enough. Author: Areyn; CC BY-SA 3.0 license; via Wikimedia ... Lesen Sie mehr »

MANAGEMENT WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION

07-Oct-2013 - Les Hayman “You can always find distractions if you go looking for them.” Most managers clearly understand that distractions get in the way of focussing on what really needs to be done to be successful, yet despite this many will go out of their way to find... Lesen Sie mehr »

MANAGEMENT… IS IT AN ART OR A SCIENCE ?

09-Sep-2013 - Les Hayman Is good management more of an art or a science ? Or, is this even a valid question ? From the dictionary, science is defined as “… a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions”. ... Lesen Sie mehr »

MANAGING EXECUTIVE BURNOUT

29-Jul-2013 - Les Hayman “I’ve tried yoga, tai-chi and meditation, but I find stress less boring.” I had an interesting comment posted by a colleague in response to my last blog post, which was about Leadership (see “Leadership is a subtle art” posted July 22, 2013. He f... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHEN BOARDS GET IT WRONG

24-Jun-2013 - Les Hayman “God made the idiot for practice, and then He made the … Board” American author and humourist Mark Twain (1835-1910) Source: 1890 painting by James Carroll Beckwith; via Wikimedia Commons I have come to realise that quite a few boards of direct... Lesen Sie mehr »

CAN WOMEN LEAP HIGHER UP THE MANAGEMENT LADDER

20-May-2013 - Les Hayman “For real change, we need feminine energy in the management of the world. We need a critical number of women in positions of power, and we need to nurture the feminine energy in men.” Written by Isabelle Allende, world famed Chilean author. Autho... Lesen Sie mehr »

SEVENTH RULE OF MANAGEMENT

26-Nov-2012 - Les Hayman The first rule of management is that successful management is actually more about how you manage yourself rather than being about how you manage others (see “First rule of management” posted June 25, 2012). The second rule of management is that t... Lesen Sie mehr »

WOULD DISASTER HAVE STRUCK LEHMAN SISTERS ?

12-Nov-2012 - Les Hayman I have been inspired by Jonas Ridderstrale, a speaker at the AtelierSAP conference in Berlin last week, to speculate on what would be the state of the world today if Lehman Brothers had not been founded in 1850 by Henry, Emanuel and Mayer, but ha... Lesen Sie mehr »

FIFTH RULE OF MANAGEMENT

05-Nov-2012 - Les Hayman The first rule of management is that successful management is actually more about how you manage yourself rather than being about how you manage others (see “First rule of management” posted June 25, 2012). The second rule of management is that t... Lesen Sie mehr »

HERO TO ZERO IN THE CORNER OFFICE

29-Oct-2012 - Les Hayman I find it interesting that many people seem to have an assumption that a senior executive who has shown a measure of success for some time will continue to do so ad infinitum. This belief in an executive’s ability to sustain a never ending “onwar... Lesen Sie mehr »

FOURTH RULE OF MANAGEMENT

22-Oct-2012 - Les Hayman The first rule of management is that successful management is actually more about how you manage yourself rather than being about how you manage others (see “First rule of management” posted June 25, 2012). The second rule of management is that t... Lesen Sie mehr »

THIRD RULE OF MANAGEMENT

01-Oct-2012 - Les Hayman The first rule of management is that successful management is actually more about how you manage yourself rather than being about how you manage others (see “First rule of management” posted June 25, 2012). The second rule of management is that t... Lesen Sie mehr »

HR …. WHY IS NO-ONE LISTENING ?

30-Jul-2012 - Les Hayman Everyone continually tells HR people that they need to become more strategic, that “HR needs to get a seat at the table”. Author: TUBS (own work); vie Wikimedia Commons I have been hearing this admonition for decades, and yet beyond the advice ... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHAT THEY DON’T TEACH YOU ABOUT PEOPLE

07-May-2012 - Les Hayman Business schools may be great at teaching people how to read a balance sheet, calculate net present value, internal rate of return and discounted cash flow, but they do not seem to do a great job at teaching future “masters of the universe” that ... Lesen Sie mehr »

HOW TO DRIVE YOUR BOSS CRAZY

30-Apr-2012 - Les Hayman During my career I have worked with many colleagues who have inspired and motivated me, some who made me laugh and many who made me proud of them, but I have also had a few of them who drove me crazy. Some were managers (see “There is nothing wor... Lesen Sie mehr »

ARE FANATICS OR FOOLS THE PROBLEM ?

23-Apr-2012 - Les Hayman “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” Bertrand Russell Whilst it may not have been his primary intent, I always find it interesting how accurate Ber... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHY CEOs FAIL

09-Apr-2012 - Les Hayman A lot of CEOs don’t succeed, and some who do, do so only for a short time. I have come to the conclusion that there are a number of different reasons that CEOs fail. Here are 10 of the most common ones. 1. Outlive the Founder/CEO role There comes... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHEN YOU KNOW THAT MANAGERS ARE AMATEURS

19-Mar-2012 - Les Hayman I have had a number of instances in recent years where I have become involved with a company and fairly quickly come to the conclusion that the management team that has been tasked with effectively running the company is actually incapable of del... Lesen Sie mehr »

ENGAGEMENT HAS A NICE RING TO IT

05-Mar-2012 - Les Hayman I have long found it worrying that all of the numerous studies of employee engagement point to the fact that at any one point in time, in most companies, only about one-third of employees are fully engaged, with about one-third partially engaged,... Lesen Sie mehr »

WHEN YOU KNOW IT IS TIME TO CHANGE COMPANIES

19-Feb-2012 - Les Hayman I have always believed that people join companies, but leave managers. Surveys tell us that over 70% of corporate departures are because an employee was not able to build a working relationship with his immediate supervisor, which seems logical a... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE SOONER YOU FALL BEHIND, THE MORE TIME YOU HAVE TO CATCH UP

31-Oct-2011 - Les Hayman Douglas Adams (1952-2001) author of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” said – “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” Author: Nicosmos (own work); via Wikimedia Commons Why are most people so prone to procras... Lesen Sie mehr »

WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT

12-Sep-2011 - Les Hayman To be successful in any career it is critical that you become au-fait with “management speak”, as there are many instances when what is said is not really what is meant. Saying one thing and meaning another can be called irony, but it can also be... Lesen Sie mehr »

DO WOMEN MAKE BETTER MANAGERS ?

22-Nov-2010 - Les Hayman I was recently asked during a press interview to describe the best boss that I had ever worked for. It wasn’t hard to do, as during my time at Sun Microsystems, when asked to drive a global project for 6 months in the US, I had the opportunity to... Lesen Sie mehr »

BEING SERIOUS IS OVERRATED

18-Nov-2010 - Les Hayman I have found that many people, particularly as they become more senior in their corporate life (or just get older), start to take life and themselves much too seriously, supposedly in line with their elevated status. They therefore tend to create... Lesen Sie mehr »

FIFTH SECRET OF TIME MANAGEMENT

11-Nov-2010 - Les Hayman You have to kill interruptions as much as possible. The first step is to take control of emails. It’s interesting that we have established rules and procedures for physical interruptions, for example if someone’s office door is closed, if they ... Lesen Sie mehr »

HR … WHAT’S HR GOT TO DO WITH INNOVATION? ISN’T THAT R&D?

04-Oct-2010 - Les Hayman Why is it that when you talk about innovation most people can’t look beyond product innovation? It’s a wonderful thing to have superior products, particularly if you can create products that people just love to have and to use, like Apple. My wi... Lesen Sie mehr »

IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME

16-Aug-2010 - Les Hayman When I was appointed to the SAP Global Extended Board in 1999, my bosses at the time (the Global CEO and the Board Chairman) approved my title as “CEO Asia Pacific, Board Member SAP-AG”. This was based on the fact that no-one outside of Germany r... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE THREE ENVELOPES

09-Aug-2010 - Les Hayman Just after I was appointed to the role of IT Manager at International Harvester NZ about 40 years ago, a colleague told me a story that highlighted the tenuous nature of management roles. It involved the removal of a CEO by his board after the co... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE 3 GREAT BUSINESS LIES

02-Aug-2010 - Les Hayman It is incredible that marketing organisations within companies spend such an incredible amount of time developing a company’s mission, vision and values statements and yet they all tend to come up with basically the same things over and over aga... Lesen Sie mehr »

MANAGING YOUR CAREER

14-Jul-2010 - Les Hayman I have found that most people do very little to manage their own careers. The majority of people seem to work their way through their jobs with varying degrees of skill and commitment, and wait for opportunities to present themselves, then pick ... Lesen Sie mehr »

FLOGGING A DEAD HORSE

02-Jul-2010 - Les Hayman I have lived and worked in Europe for the last 9 years after more than 30 years working in the IT Sector in NZ, Australia, Singapore and the USA, and have worked with, for, and also been responsible for, hundreds of different Managers at varying ... Lesen Sie mehr »

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