To say the least, business leaders have had an unsettled time over the last eighteen months and no one seems completely certain of when we really will see an upturn in our economy and whether the current signs of improvement are long term or not. One thing is certain; in the current economic climate, steadfast and flexible leaders are required to effectively manage an organisation during this time of ambiguity.
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Far too often organisations take a ‘survival of the fittest’ approach to managing career transitions, providing little nourishment or skills for those that must adjust to radically different responsibilities and workload. In real survival training, the best approach is not to parachute a group of people into the jungle and see who survives. Rather they are taught how to operate in the environment in which they find themselves, what skills to use and how to think differently. So why then do we expect leaders to survive in a new role, with little training and support to equip them with the skills needed to make the transition?
We all live in a competitive world and an organisation without the full commitment and maximum productivity of every single person is in a precarious position. So why is the fundamental relationship of the employee and manager critical to business success?
DDI’s global study of HR professionals revealed just one third of leaders feel ‘very prepared’ to deliver on their CEOs’ top challenges. Simon Mitchell, general manager at DDI UK, reports.