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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:49 am    Post subject: What is leadership? Reply with quote

The activity of leading a group of people or an organization or the ability to do this.

Leadership involves
(1) establishing a clear
(2) sharing that vision with others so that they will follow willingly,
providing the information, knowledge and methods to realize that vision, and
(4) coordinating and balancing the conflicting
interests of all members and stakeholders.

A leader steps up in times of crisis, and is able to think and act creatively in difficult situations. Unlike management, leadership cannot be taught, although it may be learned and enhanced through coaching or mentoring. Someone with great leadership skills today is Bill Gates who, despite early failures, with continued passion and innovation has driven Microsoft and the softwareindustry to success

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:37 am    Post subject: Do you agree that a "Chairman" is boss!?! Reply with quote

Let's face it; we have all seen and experienced bad bosses. There are the ones that bully, the ones that only care about themselves and their own career, the cowards that hide behind others or the ones that drive you mad by trying to tell you how to do your job in the minutest level of detail. Seeing bad bosses in action can be hilarious but if you are on the receiving end of a bad boss it is usually no laughing matter. Bad bosses cause so much unnecessary stress in the work place and are a major cause of reduced productivity and performance.

The thing is that we are often not fully aware why we get stressed by our bosses, they just make us feel uncomfortable or in the worst case completely stressed out. I work with so many different companies all over the world, across all industries and sectors and believe I can tell whether someone is a good boss or not within seconds of meeting them and their team. You can just tell by what they say, how they say it and how they and their team behave. Here are my top ten tell-tale signs of a bad boss:

  1. The Ego-Tripper - a boss that is arrogant, shows off at any opportunity and is in constant need of boosting his or her ego
  2. The Coward - a boss that takes on no accountability and often hides behind others
  3. The Micromanager - a boss that believes he knows how others should do their job, who can't trust people to just get on with their job and instead and micro-manages everything they do
  4. The Incapable - a boss that has been promoted beyond his or her capabilities, has no clue how to do the job and has lost all respect of subordinates and co-workers
  5. The Over-friendly Mate - a boss that inappropriately wants to be your best mate or nearest friend
  6. The Bad Communicator - a boss that is unable to communicate anything effectively, be it the corporate strategy or individual performance feedback
  7. The Plagiarizer - a boss that takes credit for other people's work or ideas and passes it off as his own (especially to his or her boss)
  8. The Negative - a boss that just can't say anything positive and instead turns everything into doom-and-gloom
  9. The Ego-Centric - a boss that doesn't care about the people who work for him and is not interested in helping, coaching and developing anyone else but himself
  10. The Criticizer- a boss that is quick to critisize mistakes others make and is unable to provide constructive feedback

For me, each of the above are clear signs of a bad manager and when you get a boss with one or maybe two of the signs then you can usually manage around them (not ideal but doable). Really problematic is when you end up with a boss that shows several of them at the same time, in which case I can only wish you good luck!

Do you agree with the list? Are there other tell-tale signs you would add? Or have you got any stories, insights or experiences to share on the topic?

It is not me who have written this!?!

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Bernard Marr is a best-selling business author and enterprise performance expert.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much Sir ,

For your valuable quote !!!!!!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Friends, 

More often than not, we despise politics and do not think much of politicians. But take a step back and just think about the size of the victory that Modi achieved in the Central elections and then repeated the same in the State elections of Maharashtra and Haryana. I'm certain that there will be Harvard case studies written on Modi because at the end of the day, leadership transcends domains, sectors and even diversity of people.  

We will obviously have our own individual take on Modi as a person but one has to acknowledge his success in elections. As the scale of this success is so stupendous, we will also need to accept that this victory was not an accident but the result of some clear interventions. Is there something for us to learn here?  The following thoughts come to my mind when I look back at Modi's electoral success and while you go through this blog, do think about this in the context of GE and your own role.

1.  Clear and Bold Objective:  

Right from the beginning, the objective of the BJP campaign was clear. They were set on forming the national government. When the election process had just started, how many really believed that the BJP could actually do this? The goal of forming the national government by the BJP was almost a laughable idea. The goal was bold and not incremental and its clarity was well understood by the rank and file in the party. Further, it was a purpose that was aspirational for BJP, across all levels. 

The courage to spell out a bold and clear objective was great leadership. 

2. The Importance of Strategy: 

The Strategy to declare a Prime Ministerial candidate upfront and run the election almost like a Presidential election was unique. It caught the competition completely off guard. Further, the strategy to use Development as the focal point of the election was a stark departure from the earlier Right Wing agenda of the BJP. Development was a more relevant and positive theme which appealed to one and all.   

Strategy is all about making choices and the decision to make clear choices was great leadership.

 3. God is in Data: 

The manner and scale in which data of the electorate was collected and then analyzed was mind boggling. There were literally thousands of ‘back room analysts’, within the BJP, who were focused on gathering data and leveraging analytics to make the right choices regarding candidate selection. The same data was also used to devise a smart communication strategy. Further, the decision on whether the BJP should fight the elections alone or form coalitions and that too, well before the elections, was all based on an assessment of the ‘winnability’ of individual candidates. This action again was based on data. The analytics around this electorate data was particularly relevant because of multiple candidates for every seat and the Indian Electoral System where the ’first past the post’, wins the elections. Old beliefs such as, rural India votes along caste lines, or that social media has not yet taken root in rural India, were completely shattered.

It is credit to Modi's leadership that this ‘chai-wala’, made his decisions based on data and did not rely only on his ‘gut feel’.

4. Communication is key:

If there is one leadership quality of Modi that stands out, it is his ability to communicate. He is not only a good orator but he can convey difficult and complex messages in a simple manner. In a country like India, being able to communicate in simple terms, is the secret to drive change. Once again his communication strategy was focused on delivering relevant messages to the right sections and his language was simple. Imagine telling the people in Varanasi that the city needs to be cleaned up!  

We also the witnessed the consequences of poor communication by the opposition parties. The difference could not have been more stark. 

Without effective communication, leadership is ineffective.  

5. Technology can be a game changer:

Who would have thought of using technology to contest elections in India? The BJP was extremely effective is using various social media platforms for communication. Technology allowed them to focus their communication, transfer ground level information in real time to their leadership, modify tactics quickly and consequently saving huge costs. The use of the old fashioned radio to communicate to rural India, in the local dialects, was a master stroke.  

The willingness to embrace technology by leadership is key to increasing speed of information flow and reducing cost. 

6. Huge personal risk:

We now look back and write case studies because the outcome was successful. But what if the BJP would have lost the elections? Or if Modi would have lost from Varanasi? Or if they would have lost in Maharashtra and Haryana? If failure would have been the outcome, then the story would have been very different. There is no doubt that Modi did take a huge personal risk in these elections.  

There is no success without taking personal risk. 

7. Every person played their part:

There was only one leader in the entire BJP campaign and that was Modi. There was nobody else trying to vie for attention or headlines. There was painstaking work done by the cadres of the party in the villages to spread the BJP message. This work must have been extremely boring and with little appreciation. While a few people at the top of the party made the strategic decisions, the rest went about implementing them tirelessly. The opposition on the other hand seemed to have a star-studded leadership team with everyone pontificating and strategizing on what needed to be done. The ideas were divergent and execution on the ground therefore, confused. A smaller leadership team with more feet on the ground is far better than the other way around. 

In team work, stick to playing one's own position—it’s critical. 

I would urge you to think of the above in the context of our respective jobs. 

Modi's electoral success is like concluding a Sale. Execution is now the key to winning the next elections.

Banmali Agrawala,
President & CEO,
GE South Asia

Thanks Mr. Banmali


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