Here are some articles and videos that we have found interesting and have learned from. They might be of use to you too.

7 POWERFUL PHRASES EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT LEADERS USE DAILY

"Go for it."
 "We're doing this because ..."
"Tell me more ..."

I think there are a few more that have been overlooked, but this list is a good start

Phrases to try out - if you're not already doing so.

 

STOP MAKING THESE 15 BODY LANGUAGE MISTAKES

We all inadvertently make mistakes with our body language from time to time. Do you occasionally find yourself leaning back, using your hands in chopping motions, crossing your arms, fidgeting or looking around when someone is talking to you?

Have a look at this list to to become more aware of your body language and some possible things you can change to build trust and engagement with the people you are talking to. Being mindful of our body language can influence others' perceptions of us, as well as outcomes

Body language tips

 

GUILTY OF TAKING ON TOO MANY THINGS AT ONCE?

Our culture teaches us to go after opportunities. Take that meeting. Go to that event, because you "never know." Our psychology pushes us too. The fear of missing out is powerful. We don't want someone else to grab our opportunities.

It seems counter-intuitive that shutting down opportunities would be the best way to build something great, but turning them down in exchange for focus is exactly what's required. Especially today.

This article talks about Nike and Apple refining their products but it's also relevant for running a ruler over all the things we do in our work and putting more effort into the high value things.

Why focusing on one thing is hard

 

INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT? DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

What appeals about this TED Talk is how Susan Cain emphasises the need to find the right space for each individual to reflect, to think, to be creative and to have revelations. Her insights into finding a balance between working in groups and working with privacy, freedom and autonomy.

Watch Susan Cain's TED Talk

 

ASSESSMENT: HOW RESILIENT ARE YOU?

We all face setbacks from time to time, and the ability to bounce back stronger than before is something we envy in others. So how can we develop that ability in ourselves?

A large body of research shows that resilient people are generally strong in three areas: challenge, control, and commitment. They accept that change, not stability, is the norm; they believe they can influence events in their lives; and they are engaged with the world around them.

This test will help you assess your strengths and weaknesses in these areas and provide feedback on ways to improve.

Have a go at the test to see how you rank - Resilience Test 

 

BEING VISIBLE IS KEY TO BEING A LEADER

This is a great reminder of the importance of being able to articulate your value and deliver outcomes. The market is simply too competitive to stand back.

Getting out in the market can be intimidating, but it gets easier with practice - and a strategy.

This advice does not just apply to individuals. Businesses that are able to articulate their value while being relevant and visible also benefit.

Watch this video to learn more - Being Visible is Key to Being a Leader

 

PRODUCTIVITY BEGINS AT HOME

While the national debate on how to boost Australia’s productivity rages on, Christopher Niesche discovers directors can start improving productivity by focusing on their own companies.

As politicians, economists and business people debate the best way to lift Australia’s productivity growth, directors can start by focusing on how to improve productivity in their own organisations.

Improving productivity is becoming increasingly important, not just for the nation, but for individual firms. The high dollar has exposed many companies to unprecedented competitive pressures, while lower freight costs and the digitising of the economy mean Australian businesses are less shielded from international competition than ever.

It is within individual organisations that the fastest gains are to be made.

"In the short term – meaning in the next 10 years – there’s only a limited number of things governments can do, and most of them won’t make that big a difference, whereas at a corporate level there are many things companies can do to improve productivity," says John Daley, CEO of the Grattan Institute. "What happens at the firm level is in many ways more important."

Productivity begins at home

 

PREPARING FOR YOUR BOARD CAREER

A board career is a very appealing path for many seasoned executives. Do you have what it takes?

In this Australian Institute of Company Directors article Michael Hawker talks about the Five Attributes of a Good Director:

  1. The ability to focus on material issues and not “sweat the small things
  2. The ability to see the big picture
  3. The ability to deal with pressure from external sources
  4. The ability to influence effectively at the board table
  5. The ability to respect alternative viewpoints

Five Attributes of a Good Director

REPUTATION DAMAGE BECOMES A TOP THREAT

Strategic risk is now firmly on the boardroom agenda, but its focus is changing, with repercussions from reputation damage now the number one threat for large companies. 

This survey finds that boards and senior executives are increasingly involved in strategic risk management. Indeed, two-thirds of the companies polled said their CEO, board or board risk committee now had oversight when it came to managing strategic risk. 

Deloitte Forbes global risk management survey

CULTIVATING GREATNESS IN THE BOARDROOM

For those seeking careers as non-executive directors here is a fantastic resource to ensure you are aligning your efforts.

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT

With social media it's absolutely critical to set the strategy before choosing the channel.

Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc. are not for everyone and if you are on those channels because everyone else is, you are not playing the game correctly and increase your risks.

BODY LANGUAGE

We think the study of body language is fascinating. This TED Talk by Amy Cuddy shares some terrific insights into how we can change the way we feel by changing our body language.

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