Welcome to the October issue of The Ripple Effect.
Welcome to this month’s Link Letter.
There are some very strong themes in our articles on leadership this month.  Each has a significant impact on how leaders can then engage and communicate with their people. These themes are neatly brought together in the HBR article, focusing on Microsoft’s approach to leadership development through a “growth mind set” focus.  In particular, all three articles hone in on the need for leaders to practice innovation, learning and creativity as core behaviours.  From our experience with Microsoft as a client, this approach is doing a huge amount to create engaging leaders and to drive improved growth for the firm.
They are using new approaches like “Hackathons” to develop new leadership skills such as collaboration on live projects. They are using developments such as their “HoloLens” project to help develop innovative behaviours and risk-taking activities.  And they are using a full week of the CEO’s time in their “Talent Talks” initiative to help detect and foster upcoming leaders.  These are the sort of innovative approaches in talent management which, we believe, will really help to deliver the kinds of leaders and leadership traits required for the future.  Firms which succeed in this are much more likely to engage their own people to perform.
We hope you enjoy this month’s reads.

Dr Andy Brown, CEO, ENGAGE

ENGAGE Leadership

The four traits you need to be a great leader - Fortune

How Microsoft is using a growth mind-set to develop leaders – Harvard Business Review

The traits that could make you a more effective leader in a complex world - World Economic Forum

Employee Engagement

Engaging and retaining top talent and the possible impact of Brexit on hiring - CIPD

Myths and facts about engaging millennials Harvard Business Review

Engagement is all about the conversation - TED

ENGAGE Communication

How a series of crises flipped Target's internal comms strategy on its head - PR Week
CCOs Prioritizing Digital Communications - The Holmes Report
How to give negative feedback over email - Harvard Business Review
And one fun infographic...

5 Internal Communications Trends for 2017

To learn more about the above areas or have an exploratory conversation with one of our experts please get in touch;
+44 (0) 20 3176 4531 info@engagegroup.co.uk
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