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.