The Hidden Cost of Dull Leadership

The Hidden Cost of Dull Leadership

Once upon a time, kings personally commanded their armies in war. The price of dull leadership on the battlefield was death, banishment and even the abolition of entire nation states. In 1346 King Philip VI of France lost his sacred battle flag, the Oriflamme, at the Battle of Crécy and unleashed a century of war   [ more » ]

Communicating through the Avatar

Communicating through the Avatar

The breadth and range of human nature is such that no person can hope to successfully influence everyone to whom he or she reaches out. For some, the effect may be too forceful or dogmatic; for others too timid, aloof or lacking in charm. Nevertheless we all have strategies – built up unconsciously over decades   [ more » ]

The True Voice of Charisma

The True Voice of Charisma

We all know effective leaders make use of charisma to raise their influence. But exactly how does charisma work? It’s a famous truism that more than half the power of human communication is independent of message or content, yet the expert agreement stops there. Are charismatic leaders deliberately using non-verbal or body language? Are they   [ more » ]

Fifty Shades of Being Engaging

Fifty Shades of Being Engaging

Engagement among employees and teams is the fashionable ‘new grey’ of management communications. Human Resource departments have seen to it that employee engagement scores form part of many company Annual Reports – meaning senior managers are now driven to improve scores year-on-year. It’s all about igniting the individual motivation of employees so they will play   [ more » ]