My updated version of a previously very popular article about talent, talent management and why companies should rather look for potential, engagement and willpower instead of purely focusing on pure talent.
For a long time we are fans of world’s number one CEO executive coach Marshall Goldsmith.
For 25+ years he works with successful leaders making them more successful. But he does not simply agree to a coaching engagement. He guarantees results.
In November 2014 Axel Rittershaus has become a certified coach in Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching process and an affiliated coach of Marshall Goldsmith.
The concept is simple:
Many very successful leaders are not only successful because of their habits, but in spite of some not so positive behaviors. Successful people know, their future success depends on their ability to improve themselves. Which includes getting better in their not so positive behaviors.
We offer the coaching process used by Marshall Goldsmith for CEOs of the largest global corporations.
And we guarantee results according to the principle: No Growth – No Pay!
“Grindstone Accelerator” is Knife Capital’s entrepreneur development programme for companies going into the phase of growth, expansion and acceleration.
After a successful 2013/14 programme, which ran for a year until 2014, and resulted in a 61% year-on-year revenue growth on average for the 10 participating companies, now the next Grindstone Accelerator is about to start.
We are proud to be the partner of Grindstone by Knife Capital for the Leadership element of this year long development programme. Because no product and no company can be successful in the long run, if the leaders lack leadership skills.
Do you know the overwhelming moment, when you check your emails after a vacation? I mean a real vacation, without checking emails in the meantime?
If you work for German car manufacturer Daimler Benz, you are going to be much more relaxed in the future.
After a 2 year trial period, all employees can now activate the “Mail on Holiday” feature when they leave.
What it does:
1) It sends out an “out of office message”
2) It mentiones the person (i.e. a colleague) one should contact in urgent cases
3) It tells the recipient that the email he sent to you has been deleted just now.
“Learning by doing” can be a very powerful way of learning.
Leadership in IT departments does not have the luxury of time for such an approach. IT leaders of today need to be capable of a multitude of skills, from IT knowledge to influencing board members, from finding the right people to keeping existing legacy systems running.
Our unique signature program “IMPACTFUL LEADERSHIP FOR IT EXECUTIVES” for IT departments fills the gap of current leadership development approaches.
It’s 100% tailor made for the needs of IT departments, based on 15 years of experience in the IT industry with an outstanding track record regarding its positive impact on the leader and his people.
The gap between IT and business functions is a real threat for IT departments and their businesses.
And due to the massive demand of mobile and customer oriented services IT departments either find a way to improve their collaboration – or they will foster the growth of more and more shadow IT systems.
Forrester analyst Manish Bahl published an alarming report.
He says 62% of Indian CMOs are going to increase their tech budget in 2014.
Their priorities are
1) addressing the rising expectations of customers
2) acquiring and retaining customers
This is nothing new – but the pace of rising customer expectations is on a new level.
To tackle this, CMOs rely on technology. And they either get it from their IT department, or they go and buy it on their own. Since they have to keep and acquire customers NOW! They can’t wait.
This puts emphasis on the need of IT departments (and IT leaders in particular) to focus on taking all necessary steps to improve the collaboration of IT and business. Otherwise they will be facing an avalanche of shadow IT systems in 1-2 years.
Yes, the CMOs might still need to buy solutions in the cloud, which IT would rather source differently but doesn’t have the capacity to do so. If IT is the partner for the CMO to choose at least the best possible solution and IT is aware of this new system, they are much better off than if they are not involved at all.