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Are you a leader or a manager?

Posted by Phil Owens
Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 21 February 2013
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I am finding that when I raise this question with clients and in presentations to groups, everyone 'wants' to be leader rather than a manager (what' does it sound 'sexier?').  People have difficulty understanding the difference, and why it is so important to an organisation to have both leaders and managers.

'Leadership' can be a fuzzy concept.  What really is leadership, and how does it relate to management, or even to performance?  What, then, is management?

An easy way to think about management and leadership is to consider how they impact upon company process.  An organisation establishes processes to simplify, standardise and quantify tasks.  Every organisation has processes.  Some have them written up in big, thick, manuals; and others are just 'remembered ways of doing business'.  Process is important because people don't have to relearn, or reinvent, the task steps to complete repeated jobs.

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It's the law!

Posted by Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 24 May 2012
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What is your reaction when someone says one thing, but does another?  How do you feel?  Often we find that this lack of consistency is a major concern and we cannot find a reason to trust them.  When this happens with an individual or company that we are doing business with – how much do we want to avoid doing business with them?

 

And yet, the laws of business are so often broken that a ‘business law’ becomes a ‘business statement’.  That is, BL’s become…complete BS.  Whilst a BR (Business Reality) sets in.

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Will you risk it?

Posted by Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 26 April 2012
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I was coaching a client on their approach to decision making. In their risk-averse organisation, decisions were rarely taken, and this was leading to a high level of frustration in my client, who was really keen to get things done.

Taking decisions as a manager or leader involves a certain amount of risk. We can never have all the information. In fact, we take decisions where we cannot know all the information, because the knowledge of the success or failure of the decision we take exists only in the future.

As I worked with this client, I outlined how the process of taking decisions is really about risk and reward. In the human brain, we are more sensitive to avoiding risk than to seeking reward. This makes sense as a survival strategy, but in terms of making quality decisions will often reduce decision making to risk avoidance. In organisations that are ‘defensive’, this need for survival skyrockets and can bring decision making to a stand-still.

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3 secrets from consumer research to power change

Posted by Phil Owens
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on Thursday, 05 April 2012
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I was working with a number of clients in Sydney recently where a similar theme came up about their organisations.  The struggle of creating change.

 

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