Do companies benefit from having more women in leadership positions, and if so, why? The answer according to a host of recent studies is an unequivocal "yes."
One of the biggest challenges many of us face is the difficulty of managing individual priorities when working with other team members. In past articles, the Quantum Learning team has shared effective strategies for both leaders and team members on time management and avoiding a constant state of Crisis. Since we’ve shared tips on how to manage time properly, we thought we would also share a list of indicators or habits that may raise some red flags. Here are our 5 Habits of Highly Unproductive People:
Our world, both online and offline, seems to be moving at lightening speed these days with no signs of slowing down.
Competitive advantage occurs when an organization acquires or develops an attribute or combination of attributes that allows it to outperform its competitors. - Wikipedia
Last week I commented on an important LinkedIn article from marketing and management executive, John White. White offered some great tips for business leaders—new and veteran. But his post’s last line, a quote from football legend Vince Lombardi, is maybe the most valuable:
People respect leaders, and the inspiration they generate. Despite the massive shifts in today's business plan, one key success factor remains constant: leadership. Unlocking the leadership potential of your employees will drive your company to leadership in its industry. According to the Association of Talent Development, organizations spend an average of $1,229 per employee on learning. The majority of those dollars are spent on Leadership Training. To maximize the return on your learning investment for leaders, we've identified the 7 most essential skills leaders need to be adept at in today's world, as follows:
Studies have shown that corporate culture is the most significant element of innovation. Your leaders are the key elements in the creation of that culture. All the money in the world and all the R&D resources in the world won't make as big an impact as your leaders will. But creating a more innovative culture isn't easy to do because by nature, human beings are resistant to change.
"Most of us understand that innovation is enormously important. It's the only insurance against irrelevance. It's the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It's the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy." - Gary Hamel
"Capital isn't so important in business. Experience isn't so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn't any limit to what you an do with your business and your life." - Harvey Firestone
To understand what innovative leadership is you have to first understand what innovation is all about. Innovation is the introduction of something new: a new idea, method or product. There are two types of innovation: exploratory which consists of creating new ideas and then there is exploitative which means changing and improving ideas that you already have.