Business Brain is a think tank we’ve been running for the past two years where we discuss and explore topics on leadership, diversity, performance and neuroscience. Roundtable events take place regularly in London and New York but last month saw the inaugural Business Brain event in Sydney, Australia.
This week we revisit Shackleton’s Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer and look at how the famous expedition 100 years ago still manages to provide great insight for leaders and managers today.
You don’t have to wait for a “big event” to use a story. Less dramatic opportunities appear all the time in the workplace. Whether it’s at your weekly team meeting, a town hall or a crucial 1:1, stories can help you deliver key messages and demonstrate your leadership chops.
As viewers, we aren’t interested in the cult of personality that surrounds reporters. Or at least, we shouldn’t be. The news shouldn’t be about them. News should be exactly that, in its purest form. The same goes in business.
We all have different strengths and weaknesses. Truly great managers and leaders identify and optimise the unique strengths of individual members. Decoding personalities and understanding how to maximise the opportunities that lie behind how each individual is wired is critical to building high-performing teams.