5 06, 2019

S, D and May Day!

2019-06-05T08:38:42+00:002019/06/05 at 8:29 AM|Tags: , , , , , , |

By Pia Lee, CEO, LIW

Some weeks involve big decisions being made. This week has three that particularly stand out.

Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when the largest seaborne invasion force in history set sail for France on a mission to liberate Europe. A decision involving 156,000 troops and the fate of millions.

Friday could […]

16 05, 2019

There’s a new S in team

2019-05-16T13:50:42+00:002019/05/16 at 10:54 AM|Tags: , , , , , , |

By Pia Lee, CEO, LIW

In the 1960’s the rallying cry ‘there’s no ‘i’ in team’ galvanised people to make the most of their collective talents. Fifty years on, the shine has definitely come off this powerful unit.

Pace, remote working and ubiquitous technology have morphed the view of ourselves and the people we work with. […]

8 11, 2018

When banter isn’t funny

2018-11-08T11:03:04+00:002018/11/08 at 11:03 AM|Tags: , , , |

By Dan Hammond, Chief Disruption Officer, LIW

Here in the UK, the corporate world is not doing itself any favours.

Sir Philip Green, the chairman of the Arcadia retail group has been named in parliament as the man accused by a newspaper of alleged sexual harassment and racial abuse of staff.  He brushed it off as […]

25 10, 2018

Change is good…in the end

2018-10-25T10:37:13+00:002018/10/25 at 10:37 AM|Tags: , , , |

By Dan Hammond, Chief Disruption Officer, LIW

This week’s bleet is inspired by one of our own here at LIW who gave us a lesson in leadership this week. We’ll call her Jennie (mostly because that’s her name). Among many other things, Jennie is leading the roll-out of a new, secure file-sharing system.

In a video […]

10 05, 2016

Special Bleet: latest leadership research

2017-02-13T10:55:49+00:002016/05/10 at 10:54 PM|Tags: , , |

Each month, we review the latest leadership thinking and share it with you in the bleet form you know and love.

Research this month highlights two very current themes: millennials and teams.

Bersin and Deloitte both produced research on how organisations are increasingly restructuring to enable work in teams which collaborate cross-functionally and form and reform as […]

3 05, 2016

A star team will always beat a team of stars

2017-02-13T10:55:49+00:002016/05/03 at 12:03 PM|Tags: , , |

It looks like the Pope might be signing for Glasgow Rangers.

At least, the chance of that happening was seen as more likely (at 4000-1) a few months ago than Leicester City – the Foxes – winning the Premier League title (5000-1).  They just did.

What does this mean for leadership?

  • Leadership beats resources: in a sport where […]
16 12, 2015

New research on high-performing teams shows that they are teams

2017-02-13T10:55:54+00:002015/12/16 at 11:55 PM|Tags: , , |

The clever people at Google just spent two years researching what makes a high-performing Google team.  They discovered that these teams did not necessarily have an optimum make-up of talented people but that the teams as a whole had certain conditions for success:

  1. Psychological safety
  2. Dependability
  3. Structure and clarity
  4. Meaning of work
  5. Impact of work

(They seem to be saying “Leadership, not just leaders”…   Thank you, […]

25 02, 2015

Can you make your team smarter?

2016-01-19T03:26:51+00:002015/02/25 at 4:02 PM|Tags: , , |

As organisations work to understand customers more deeply and bring more complex solutions to them, teams will become even more important than they are now.  

Working in teams is not easy but your smarts will get you through, right?  Wrong.

Recent research shows that strong teams are different in three ways (face-to-face or virtual, it’s the same):

  1. Members contribute equally
  2. Members […]