harvard business review

Starting from a position of choice in manager-employee relationships

By Elisabeth Goodman, 17th May 2019 An article in the latest issue of Harvard Business Review has, as is often the case, triggered some lateral thinking on my part.  Borys Groysberg (2020) explores a case study of whether a manager should fight to keep a star employee who decides to leave the organisation without any …

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Purpose statements revisited: how they matter and how to make them work

By Elisabeth Goodman, 2nd December 2019 How purpose statements matter I’ve written before about the importance of purpose as a motivator for employees (see ‘Why clarity of purpose is so important for both effective leadership and management) Sally Blount and Paul Leinwand sum it up nicely in “Why are we here?” in the Nov-Dec 2019 …

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Are your performance measures driving the right behaviours?

By Elisabeth Goodman, 25th September 2019 We are entering that time of year when many companies carry out their performance reviews and appraisals. It can be quite a stressful exercise for individual team members, and for line managers. This article from the latest issue of Harvard Business Review provides some interesting insights that could be …

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The manager as coach: helping employees reach their potential

By Elisabeth Goodman, 5th September 2019 Why this blog? The ability to coach is an invaluable, if sometimes daunting, management skill, as well as something that I and my colleagues at RiverRhee offer to support our clients.  So I am starting a new series of blogs, under the main heading of “The manager as coach”, …

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The soul of a start-up, nimble leadership, flexibility and control

By Elisabeth Goodman, 5th August 2019 Remember Gary Hamel’s article last November about how to retain employee engagement in growing and large organisations? The latest issue of Harvard Business Review (July – August 2019) carries two articles that provide some stimulating and converging ideas about how to achieve employee engagement through a combination of control …

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Recognising and responding to employees’ receptiveness to change

By Elisabeth Goodman, 19th June 2019 providing the conditions for navigators of change One of the most repeated and, in my view, misleading tropes about change is that “people resist change”. Certainly if people are not given enough information and involvement or control they are likely to demonstrate resistance characterised by being a ‘victim’ or …

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Working across silos – leadership in the matrix and in multi-functional projects

By Elisabeth Goodman, 14th May 2019 Working across silos – an enabler for developing leadership skills I recently delivered one of RiverRhee‘s and PERLA‘s Transition to Leadership courses where we share, amongst other information, Michael D Watkins’ “7 seismic shifts” for new leaders. An essential skill, when moving into a leadership role, is the ability …

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A more effective approach to feedback?

By Elisabeth Goodman, 4th March 2019 How to give ‘negative’ feedback is one of the most frequent questions posed by delegates on RiverRhee’s management courses.  It’s a topic we get into during our course on Performance Management and Development too.  And it’s a question that arises when we explore the difference between coaching and mentoring. …

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Performance reviews – kill them or keep them?

By Elisabeth Goodman and Liz Mercer, 6th December 2016 The idea of starting our own ‘Journal Club’ cropped up recently during a demonstration of the GROW coaching model on one of RiverRhee’s Introduction to Management course.  Both of us are keen to keep up with our professional reading and so pick up and feed ideas more effectively into the …

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