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WHAT CAN ONE SAY TO A NEW MANAGER IN JUST ONE HOUR

07-Jul-2014 - Les Hayman I was recently asked by an exciting and highly successful young salesman, who had just been promoted to his first management role, to give him some “fatherly” advice on what I felt he should focus on to get started with his team. I would have pre... 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 »

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 BUILD LEADERS

02-Dec-2013 - Les Hayman I have long believed that one of the key measures for any senior manager should be whether s/he is a net creator of talent for their organisation. It is also critical that this focus is not only to build the skills of people in their own area of ... 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 »

LEADERSHIP IS A SUBTLE ART

22-Jul-2013 - Les Hayman “A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” Lao Tzu, founder of Taoism. Author: Page 72 of Edward Theodore Chalmers Werner’s Myths and Legends of China on Pro... 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 »

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 »

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

09-Jun-2014 - Les Hayman The aphorism “Knowledge is power” (Scientia potential est) has been mostly attributed to author and philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626), even though this is not quite what he said. In his “Meditations Sacre” (1597) he does say “Ipsa scientia po... 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 »

HOW TO IDENTIFY A FUTURE LEADER

21-Apr-2014 - Les Hayman “In the C-suite, the need to develop and implement a plan for leadership succession is one of the most frequently discussed topics. Yet the overwhelming majority of companies have done little about it.” Wayne F. Cascio I have found that most comp... 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 »

LEADERS BUILD ENEMIES

31-Mar-2014 - Les Hayman “You have enemies? Good. That means that you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Winston Churchill (1874-1965) It is an old adage that political leaders need enemies, and that if they don’t actually have one at any specific time, t... Lesen Sie mehr »

THE ART OF MANAGEMENT

10-Feb-2014 - Les Hayman “Art is the proper task of life”. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) I have in the past written about where management skill should sit in the palette of business acumen (see “Management … is it an art or a science” posted Septemb... 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 »

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 »

WHY MANAGEMENT TRAINING RARELY WORKS

01-Jul-2013 - Les Hayman It’s what you learn after you know it all that really counts. I have long been of the opinion that most formal corporate management training sessions actually deliver very little real benefit to the participants, beyond making them feel good abou... Lesen Sie mehr »

EVERY COMPANY NEEDS PEOPLE WHO CAN REGULARLY FAIL

27-May-2013 - Les Hayman “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over an... 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 »

HR … DOES PERISH COME NEXT AFTER PARTNER AND PLAYER ?

22-Apr-2013 - Les Hayman I have long believed, written and spoken about the fact that HR organisations need to go through a major transition to be allowed to survive as a business unit, rather than just ending up handling administrative functions in a shared service cent... Lesen Sie mehr »

MOVING AT THE SPEED OF SHELF LIFE

15-Apr-2013 - Les Hayman The dictionary defines shelf life as “the length of time that foods, beverages, pharmaceutical drugs, chemicals and many other perishable items are given before they are considered to be unsuitable for sale, use or consumption”. Author: Jü (own w... Lesen Sie mehr »

MYTHS ABOUT MANAGEMENT

01-Apr-2013 - Les Hayman “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” American President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Source: The White House Historical Association; vi... Lesen Sie mehr »

MANAGERS SOLVE PROBLEMS

11-Mar-2013 - Les Hayman I believe that one of the key critical skills of anyone in a management role is the ability to be able to solve problems, despite my loving the fact that Albert Einstein said “Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them”. Photograph by Or... Lesen Sie mehr »

TENTH RULE OF MANAGEMENT

11-Feb-2013 - 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 »

TO BE OR NOT TO BE … A MANAGER

20-Aug-2012 - Les Hayman The best job I ever had was being a computer salesman for Digital Equipment Corporation in the 1970’s. I was the only one in my territory of the South Island of New Zealand and my boss was miles away in Auckland so I saw him only rarely. I shared... Lesen Sie mehr »

FIRST RULE OF MANAGEMENT

25-Jun-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. Management life tends to be extremely busy and demanding, particularly when you manage a larg... Lesen Sie mehr »

HOW TO SURVIVE AN INCOMPETENT BOSS

11-Jun-2012 - Les Hayman We have all at one time or another been really disappointed with our boss, if for example it is because we believed that he had made some bad choices, struggled too long with a decision, or promoted someone who was more politician than profession... 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 ARE SO MANY MANAGERS SO BAD AT RECRUITING ?

12-Dec-2011 - Les Hayman Putting the right people in the right place is a critical skill of any manager and yet for many this is a serious weakness, resulting in them regularly putting people into roles where they can’t succeed. Not only is this an expensive mistake to m... 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 »

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP ISN’T CHANGING QUICKLY ENOUGH

10-Oct-2011 - Les Hayman If global competition and business processes are changing so quickly, why aren’t our leadership practices changing at the same rate to keep up with business needs? A recent study carried out by Development Dimensions International (DDI), a US bas... 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 »

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