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Berlin

- "A growing percentage of global employers are addressing talent shortages by upskilling current staff."- Manpower Group

Budapest

- "Today it's impossible to make a clear distinction between developing and developed countries."- Financial Times

Buenos Aires

- "Never before has demographic change happened so quickly"- Ernst and Young

Chicago

- "The Millennial generation will make up more than 75% of the workforce by 2025."- Dan Schawbel

Delhi

- "2.7 billion people are now online, almost 40% of the world's population."- ITU

Hong Kong

- "There are almost as many mobile cellular subscriptions (6.8 billion), as people in the world."- ITU

Leaderboom

- "Success in the highly complex 21st century global economy will be determined by the inner sustainability of It's people"- LeaderBoom Inc.

London

- "We are mired in the habit of solutions that once worked yet are now totally inappropriate."- Margaret Weatley

Mexico City

- " I've seen more change in the past three years than in the past twenty."- Gene Hall, CEO of Gartner Inc.

Mumbai

- "The world's population is 7.3 billion and the median age is 30.1 yrs." - World Fact Book

Sao Paulo

- "Cultural differences require a high level of adaptation and patience on the part of all parties involved." - ASTD

Shanghai

- "From a global perspective you have to have a centralized, overall strategy that allows for local revision."- Michael Killingsworth

Tokyo

- "65% of global companies are having problems finding employees with the skills they need."- Towers Watson

Toronto

- " Millennials want more from their work than to simply make a living-they want to make an impact"- ASTD Research

Zurich

- "Human Ingenuity thrives and new ideas flourish when minds meet across cultures."- Pamela Cox, The World Bank

Stockholm

- "Never before has there been so many young people, 1.8 Billion (15-24yrs of age)." ~ UN Population Fund

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  • August 27th: Leadership Empowerment for Women: Unlocking Your Potential
    Written by

    LeaderBoom founder, Ann Marie MacDougall has more than 20 years of proven leadership in the Canadian Banking industry, where she successfully led diverse teams that were multi-generational and multi-cultural in multi-channel environments to collaborate with each other and execute results that involved complex, innovative and challenging goal initiatives.

    Ann Marie has a passion for empowering individuals, teams, organizations and communities to actualize their full potential, She has studied business in six countries and has received an MBA though the Rotman School of Business in Toronto and an Executive Global MBA from St. Gallen University in Switzerland. Ann Marie is a continuous learner and her many interests include public speaking, sailing, horses, music, culture and the arts. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Specialisterne Canada, Advisory Member for the Commffest Global Community Film Festival and Speaker for Lean-In Canada.

    August 27th: Leadership Empowerment for Women: Unlocking Your Potential

    Join us on Thursday, August 27th, 2015, from 6:00pm-9pm at the Center for Social Innovation, Annex, 720 Bathurst, Toronto, for our Leadership Empowerment for Women Workshop: Unlocking Your Potential!

    LeaderBoom Inc. is excited to launch their ground-breaking leadership empowerment for women workshop, "Unlocking Your Potential| at the CSI Annex in Toronto on Thursday, August 27th, 2015.

    This workshop will change the way you think about your job, your career and your life. This session helps women leaders learn pivotal insights on what it takes to reach exceptional levels of leadership performance and will provide you with experiential learning , on how to unlock your empowered leader, overcome fear and self-limitations.

    In this three hour session, participants will learn:

               Progression of women in the labor force

               Five attributes of successful 21st Century leaders 

               Four strategies for overcoming fear and self-limiting beliefs 

               Insights from peers and successful women leaders

               How to express the true essence of who you are and be authentic

               How to create breakthrough goals and focus to achieve them          

     

    What defines leadership empowerment? Empowered leaders are true to themselves at all times and are willing to share their unique skills and capabilities for the benefit of others. Empowered leaders behave in progressive, collaborative and inspiring ways because they are aligned with who they are, not what they are.

    Ann Marie MacDougall is the Founder and President of LeaderBoom Inc., a Toronto based firm supporting forward thinking organizations to develop and foster high performing cultures that encourage, and reward innovation, collaboration and intrapreneurial thinking. Ann Marie has 20+ years in corporate leadership experience and completed an executive global business education in 2011. Her passion is to design and deliver groundbreaking leadership programs that accelerate business performance by expanding the capacity of global leaders and teams to achieve their goals and mission.

    We look forward to having you join us for this amazing event!

    Testimonies:

    "Ann Marie's seminar presents vital insights and solutions to help meet the challenges facing us now. Moreover, the facilitated discussion creates a space for exchanging ideas and experiences on creating and sustaining high-performance, high-impact teams and workplace cultures. I left inspired with new insights and a fresh perspective on how to more effectively impact change in the workplace."- K. Goulet, Director, Canadian Banking, Toronto"

     "It was very nice meeting you at the leadership seminar. I would like to express my thanks to you for your impressive speech. I remember you said that most women tend to be more comfortable in perfecting their plan before taking actions. I am one of these women, but I realized that the lack of confidence to take actions would make us miss many opportunities! The most important thing is that your seminar helped me to find my passion in my heart deeply. As a newcomer to Canada myself, now I realize the way to achieve my self-value and make me feel real happiness is by helping other people to succeed. That means a lot to me. Please take my sincere thankfulness. "  ~ J. Liu, Research Assistant, Hospitality Industry, Hong Kong 

    "Ann Marie came to Ryerson MBA in January to speak with the class! Phenomenal speaker!”- S. Capobianco, MBA Candidate, Toronto

    Time: 6pm-9pm

    Location: Center for Social Innovation Annex- 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto

    To register for this session visit http://leaderboomempowerment.eventbrite.com or contact us by phone: 416-699-2666 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don't miss this inspiring opportunity to build your inner leader confidence, to network and have some fun!

    Written on Sunday, 09 August 2015 23:53 in Blog Read 102 times
  • May 9th: Leadership Empowerment and Improv Workshop: Unlocking Your Full Potential
    Written by

    LeaderBoom founder, Ann Marie MacDougall has more than 20 years of proven leadership in the Canadian Banking industry, where she successfully led diverse teams that were multi-generational and multi-cultural in multi-channel environments to collaborate with each other and execute results that involved complex, innovative and challenging goal initiatives.

    Ann Marie has a passion for empowering individuals, teams, organizations and communities to actualize their full potential, She has studied business in six countries and has received an MBA though the Rotman School of Business in Toronto and an Executive Global MBA from St. Gallen University in Switzerland. Ann Marie is a continuous learner and her many interests include public speaking, sailing, horses, music, culture and the arts. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Specialisterne Canada, Advisory Member for the Commffest Global Community Film Festival and Speaker for Lean-In Canada.

    May 9th: Leadership Empowerment and Improv Workshop: Unlocking Your Full Potential

    Join us on Saturday, May 9th, 2015, from 9:00am-noon  at the Center for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst, Toronto, for our Leadership Empowerment and Improv Workshop: Unlocking Your Full Potential!

     LeaderBoom Inc. and You and Media are excited to launch their ground-breaking leadership empowerment and improv workshop, "Unlocking Your Full Potential| at the CSI Annex in Toronto on Saturday, May 9th, 2015.

     This experiential workshop will change the way you think about your job, your career and your life. This session helps leaders learn pivotal insights from more than two years of research with 50 Global leaders on what it takes to reach exceptional levels of leadership performance and will provide you with experiential learning , through live improvisation, on how to unlock your empowered leader, overcome fear and self-limitations.

    In this three hour leadership innovation session, participants will learn how to:

               Feel empowered and release old habits of limitation

               Become clearer in decision making

               Think creatively and unleash your innovation mindset

               Face and overcome fear of challenges

               Be more present when listening

               Be more objective and leave behind right and wrong frameworks

               Identify and leverage core strengths and unique capabilities

               Forge a shared purpose that inspires teams into focused action

               Create win-win agreements for team engagement and accountability

               Adapt a workforce through accelerated change

               Create breakthrough goals and an action plan to achieve them

     

    What defines leadership empowerment? Empowered leaders are true to themselves at all times and are willing to share their unique skills and capabilities for the benefit of others. Empowered leaders behave in progressive, collaborative and inspiring ways because they are aligned with who they are, not what they are.

    Why Improv? From our direct research, leaders across the globe are looking for opportunties to express their authentic self, uniqueness, be more creative  and connect with the true essence of who they are. Improv-based experiential learning has multiple benefits. Most importantly, it helps leaders to open up to new ways of expressing themselves, connect to their inner creativity, build solution mindsets, increase confidence, tolerance and a willingness to take on more risk.

    Ann Marie MacDougall is the Founder and President of LeaderBoom Inc., a Toronto based firm supporting forward thinking organizations to develop and foster high performing cultures that encourage, and reward innovation, collaboration and intrapreneurial thinking. Ann Marie has 20+ years in corporate leadership experience and completed an executive global business education in 2011. Her passion is to design and deliver groundbreaking leadership programs that accelerate business performance by expanding the capacity of global leaders and teams to achieve their goals and mission.

    Brian G.Smith, Is the Executive Director of You and Media, producer, writer and film maker specializing in comedy and an award-winning alumnus of The Second City, Brian has created television, theatre and multi-media in Canada and the Caribbean and works with leaders in corporate environments to take their game to the next level of performance. In this workshop, Brian will guide participants through ground breaking improvisation methods to build their leadership confidence, creativity and innovation mindset.

    We look forward to having you join us for this amazing event!

     Testimonies:

      "Ann Marie's seminar presents vital insights and solutions to help meet the challenges facing us now. Moreover, the facilitated discussion creates a space for exchanging ideas and experiences on creating and sustaining high-performance, high-impact teams and workplace cultures. I left inspired with new insights and a fresh perspective on how to more effectively impact change in the workplace."- K. Goulet, Director, Canadian Banking, Toronto"

     "Ann Marie came to Ryerson MBA in January to speak with the class! Phenomenal speaker!”- S. Capobianco, MBA Candidate, Toronto

     "Brian is a perfect improv teacher. He makes everyone feel comfortable, has a ton of experience, and balances clear instruction with good humour. The class itself is a ton of fun, providing a break from the day-to-day and an opportunity to gain new communication and interpersonal skills.” - Eli Malinsky, Executive Director, New York City, CSI

     "Brian’s improv class is the highlight of my week. And I lead an exciting life! I never imagined how everything that I’m learning is so applicable to my work and life in general. Plus, Brian is an inspiring (not to speak of hilarious) teacher. Highly recommended.” - Claire, student

     Time: 9am- noon

      Location: Center for Social Innovation Annex- 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto

    To register for this session visit http://leadershipempowermentimprov.eventbrite.ca or contact us by phone: 416-699-2666 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don't miss this inspiring opportunity to build your inner leader confidence and have a lot of fun!

    Written on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:37 in Blog Read 194 times
  • May 6th: Authentic Leadership Empowerment for Women: Unlocking Your Full Potential
    Written by

    LeaderBoom founder, Ann Marie MacDougall has more than 20 years of proven leadership in the Canadian Banking industry, where she successfully led diverse teams that were multi-generational and multi-cultural in multi-channel environments to collaborate with each other and execute results that involved complex, innovative and challenging goal initiatives.

    Ann Marie has a passion for empowering individuals, teams, organizations and communities to actualize their full potential, She has studied business in six countries and has received an MBA though the Rotman School of Business in Toronto and an Executive Global MBA from St. Gallen University in Switzerland. Ann Marie is a continuous learner and her many interests include public speaking, sailing, horses, music, culture and the arts. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Specialisterne Canada, Advisory Member for the Commffest Global Community Film Festival and Speaker for Lean-In Canada.

    May 6th: Authentic Leadership Empowerment for Women: Unlocking Your Full Potential

    Join us on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, from 5:30pm-8:00pm, in the beautiful Telus Building, 25 York Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, for our Authentic Leadership Empowerment for Women Session: Unlocking Your Full Potential!

    Why is authenticity important in the corporate world? Because the more leadership responsibility women have, the more challenges they must manage. New research is demonstrating that leaders who are able to navigate these challenges consistently, fairly and confidently are able to do so because they lean on core principles developed through self-awareness.

    This one and a half hour session addresses the "Inside-Out" dimensions of personal leadership, helping participants define their passion, purpose and vision for their next steps in life and at work. Women leaders will learn a road-map for creating the inner sustainability required to develop a clearer sense of who they are, build capacity for self renewal, clarify their options and develop the inner power and confidence necessary to make tough choices. When we are not clear about who we are, we often feel pressured by even the smallest demands and simplest requests.

     What defines authenticity? Authentic leaders are true to themselves at all times and are willing to share their unique skills and capabilities for the benefit of others. Authentic leaders behave in progressive, collaborative and inspiring ways because they are aligned with who they are, not what they are. In this session, women leaders will learn how to:

    • Develop leadership authenticity and feel empowered
    • Develop an inner foundation for improved clarity and leadership self-awareness
    • Transform negative thinking into a positive mindset
    • Release old habits of limitation
    • Become clearer in decision making
    • Face and overcome fear of challenges
    • Be more present when listening
    • Be more objective and leave behind right and wrong frameworks
    • Identify and leverage core strengths and unique capabilities
    • Create breakthrough goals and an action plan to achieve them

    Bonus:  Brian G.Smith, Executive Director of You and Media will join us as a special guest to provide insights on how improvisation classes have enhanced the leadership capability of his clients in the workplace. Brian is a producer, writer and film maker specializing in comedy and award-winning alumnus of The Second City, Brian has created television, theatre and multi-media in Canada and the Caribbean.

    Time: 5:30pm Registration 6:00pm-7:30pm Session 7:30pm-8:00pm Networking 

    Location: 25 York Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto

    To register for this session visit https://womenleadershipempowerment.eventbrite.ca or contact us by phone: 416-699-2666 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don't miss this powerful learning opportunity and women's networking event!

    Written on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:58 in Blog Read 262 times
  • 21st Century Leadership ~ Thinking Outside The Pyramid
    Written by

    LeaderBoom founder, Ann Marie MacDougall has more than 20 years of proven leadership in the Canadian Banking industry, where she successfully led diverse teams that were multi-generational and multi-cultural in multi-channel environments to collaborate with each other and execute results that involved complex, innovative and challenging goal initiatives.

    Ann Marie has a passion for empowering individuals, teams, organizations and communities to actualize their full potential, She has studied business in six countries and has received an MBA though the Rotman School of Business in Toronto and an Executive Global MBA from St. Gallen University in Switzerland. Ann Marie is a continuous learner and her many interests include public speaking, sailing, horses, music, culture and the arts. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Specialisterne Canada, Advisory Member for the Commffest Global Community Film Festival and Speaker for Lean-In Canada.

    21st Century Leadership ~ Thinking Outside The Pyramid

    Whether leaders are prepared for it or not, workplace cultures across industries are changing at an accelerated pace. The pillars of the traditional hierarchical thinking are crumbling thanks to rapidly advancing technology, the rising power of social networks and, above all, a dramatic shift in global demographics. As a result, organizations are shifting focus from process to people by developing a culture of intrapreneurs.

    Skilled talent has always been in demand, but a new era of global competition is driving the desire for labour pool alignment to unprecedented levels. Today’s corporations must outperform if they want to thrive and not just survive, and the litmus test will be how well they unlock the power and passion of their workforce to innovate, create value, and attract top line growth in expanding markets.

    For the past two years we’ve gathered research insights from our clients and by contacting 50 leaders in global organizations spanning four continents. Our objective was to capture their views on systemic corporate challenges and to consider their ideas on the most effective management models needed to successfully lead people in the 21st century. Our research uncovered three critical issues:

    1..Need for purpose and meaning: There are five generations of employees in the workforce and each has diverse skills, expectations and professional career experiences. What they have in common, however, is a desire to connect their passion and purpose with meaningful work.

    2.Increasing complexity: Global leaders are finding it challenging to manage increased complexity by exclusively relying on financial incentives with traditional command and control systems.

    3.Leadership shortage: Organizations are having difficulty identifying leaders who are capable of adapting a workforce to accelerated change.

    Given these challenges, organizations are shifting their focus from process to people by emphasizing integration, innovation and transformation. To be successful in the future, leaders need to develop a stronger connection with their workforce by encouraging skill sharing and collaboration across the entire organization.

    Successful leaders in the 21st century are creating more flexibility in workplace practices and developing “intrapreneurial” mindsets within their organizational culture. Intrapreneurial is defined as a person or group within a business or cross-functional team who takes direct responsibility for identifying corporate solutions and turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk-taking and innovation.

    Leaders proficient at building intrapreneurial cultures that are linked to an organization’s mission and values, recognize that no matter where an employee is seated, once inspired and clear on purpose, they have the potential to make a tremendous difference to the organization as a whole. Leaders who develop teams with an intrapreneurial mindset realize that solutions to systemic challenges are often found within the organization. All they have to do is ask their employees.

    But simply asking an employee for a solution to a corporate problem is not enough. Intrapreneurs need to be put in a position to succeed. Leadership can empower and support them by providing a workplace environment where they can actualize their potential, with full backing of the firm’s resources:

    • Test their skills
    • Question the status quo
    • Feel energized
    • Use their creativity to identify solutions and innovate ideas

    Fostering an intrapreneurial spirit within a company encourages employees to more freely express, and exchange ideas with leaders and cross-functional teams. This enhances communication, builds trust and makes intrapreneurialism central to the core values of any company. Forward thinking organizations such as Google, Lockheed Martin, Ernst and Young, 3M, Apple and others are encouraging leaders to build flexible cross-generational and functional teams with individuals who have complementary skills, knowledge, are solution focused, and desire positive change.

    5 Ways to Start Developing a Culture of Corporate Intrapreneurs

    1.Workshops: Invest in the development of employees by executing training workshops on innovation, solution creation, client service excellence, and product development. A cross functional management team can review proposals generated in the workshops, evaluate and provide financial support for ideas with high propensity for value creation.

    2. Innovation CentresCreate “Innovation Incubators or Hubs”, that build on workplace practices and are supported by organizational structures to maximize the likelihood that people meet across functions, communicate openly, innovate, share ideas and information, listen to and learn from each other, and develop a culture of mutual trust and support

    3. TransparencyEncourage transparency so that management becomes more approachable and accessible to its employees and intrapreneurs can openly discuss and deliberate their ideas on new venture creation across all levels and functions in the firm.

    4. RewardsDevelop reward and recognition systems that celebrate the success of individuals and teams who have generated value by presenting and executing innovative ideas and solutions. Recognition does not have to solely translate into money (exposure to executives, mentoring or a team celebration, by example).

    5. FundingAllocate capital to promising projects, award successful intrapreneurs with short or long term incentives or partner with higher institutions to fund student innovation scholarships or projects.

    Summary:

    A new era of global competition is forcing organizations to consider new models and styles of leadership that effectively navigate diverse employee populations through accelerated change. Building a corporate culture based on intrapreneurial thinking is a viable solution and requires leaders to be willing to recognize good ideas and to empower their teams by providing the trust, resources and freedom within a framework required to be successful. If this does not happen, their employees, and particularly the younger demographics, will consider companies with more flexible and open work cultures. Smart companies are creating workplace options that encourage collaboration and the execution of clear, innovative and strategic choices. Are you preparing your leaders to be successful in the 21st Century?

    Wishing you continued success!

    Ann Marie MacDougall

     

    Written on Monday, 08 December 2014 19:32 in Blog Read 4618 times
  • 5 Global Trends Influencing Organizational Change and How We Do Leadership
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    LeaderBoom founder, Ann Marie MacDougall has more than 20 years of proven leadership in the Canadian Banking industry, where she successfully led diverse teams that were multi-generational and multi-cultural in multi-channel environments to collaborate with each other and execute results that involved complex, innovative and challenging goal initiatives.

    Ann Marie has a passion for empowering individuals, teams, organizations and communities to actualize their full potential, She has studied business in six countries and has received an MBA though the Rotman School of Business in Toronto and an Executive Global MBA from St. Gallen University in Switzerland. Ann Marie is a continuous learner and her many interests include public speaking, sailing, horses, music, culture and the arts. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Swedish-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Specialisterne Canada, Advisory Member for the Commffest Global Community Film Festival and Speaker for Lean-In Canada.

    5 Global Trends Influencing Organizational Change and How We Do Leadership

    In today’s multi-complex business environment where shortened product life cycles and strategic forecasting have taken on a whole new level of meaning, the ability to adjust and adapt one’s leadership style has become a necessity for both individual and organizational survival. 

    From our research, which includes direct contact with 50 individuals in global organizations spanning four continents, we’ve learned that a systemic and recurring corporate challenge is to identify individuals who have developed sufficient self-awareness to successfully lead teams through exceptional change. 

    In this article, we discuss five global trends influencing deep organizational change and how to leverage these trends to drive market leadership.  

    Global Trend 1:  Population Growth Rate

    According to the World Fact Book, the global population is 7.1 billion, the current growth rate is 1.14% and estimated to be less than 1% per year by 2020. Why is this important?

    Population growth rate plays a significant role in determining the burden imposed on a country by the changing needs of its people for infrastructure, resources, and jobs. Awareness of these trends, and the rapid transformation in global labor supply, enables the astute global business leader to anticipate the impending pressure that will be placed upon their organization to design sustainable frameworks for attracting, developing, and inspiring a non-traditional workforce.

    Global Trend 2:  Shifting Demographics

    According to Dan Schawbel, Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, demographic changes are shifting at an accelerating pace with five generations currently in the workforce and 75% of the global labor supply estimated to be in the millennial generation by 2025. Why is this important?

    Global leaders who adapt their work environments and align their engagement strategies to meet multi-generational and multi-geographical needs will drive market leadership by unleashing full organizational power to create sustainable value. 

    Global Trend 3:  Emerging Economies

    According to PWC Economics, we are experiencing an unprecedented shift in global economic power, indicating the world’s emerging economies are set to grow at a faster rate than the G7 by 2050.  China, the United States, and India are forecasted to hold the top 3 positions over the next four decades. Why is this important?

    The rise in global competition for harnessing growth opportunities is driving demand for skilled talent.  Multinational corporations that excel in attracting, developing, aligning and mobilizing diverse talent populations will sustain a competitive edge. 

    Global Trend 4: Technology and Innovation

    According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), almost 40% of the world’s population (2.7 billion people) are now online. Instant access to information, at any time, and from any location, has become a basic human right and is accelerating the need for innovation. Technology costs are in decline, while global demand for translation technologies, “all-in-one” tech devices, and real-time transmission of information are on the rise. 

    At no other point in history has there been more global investment in R&D and a vast distribution of innovation among countries. This poses the challenge of organizations being efficient at how well they adapt their workforce to this rapidly changing environment. Why is this important?

    Leveraging the advanced skills and passion for technology in the workforce, at all levels, will unlock the innovation potential required to create sustainable organizational value.

    Global Trend 5:  Workplace Transformation

    According to the management firm Towers Watson, companies are operating 21st century businesses with 20th century workplace practices and programs.  This dichotomy has resulted in an exciting movement towards the elimination of the conventional 9 to 5 workday, reverse mentoring between generations, flat hierarchies, shared workspace, and the increased focus on teamwork and collaboration. Why is this important?

    Successful leaders are creating more flexibility in workplace practices and developing Intrapreneurial mindsets within their organizational culture; a person or group within a business who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk-taking and innovation. 

    Summary:

    The evolution of technology compounded with shifting global demographics, developing populations and expanding social networks are accelerating the requirement for global leaders to make quantum-speed strategic choices that mobilize advancement in their respective organizations.

    Today’s successful leaders require a strong foundation of self-awareness and change adeptness to navigate the emotional, cultural and personal drivers of both themselves and their teams. The ability to be resilient, innovative and to not have to rely on traditional styles of leadership are critical to organizational success in the 21st Century– from small start-ups to multinationals. 

    A business leader who can inspire, energize and mobilize teams, foster engagement, and create a collaborative and connected working environment based on trust will be a valuable asset to any organization in the future.

    Continued Success!

    Ann Marie MacDougall
    President, LeaderBoom 

     

    Written on Saturday, 27 September 2014 23:04 in Blog Read 1201 times

Why 21st Century Business Needs To Cultivate Self-Aware Leaders

The world is changing and those changes are accelerating rapidly.  The pillars of traditional hierarchical thinking are crumbling thanks to the power of social networks, increased transparency, and dramatic shifts in global demographics. Business transformation through process automation is a key area of global focus, and yet it is not the only trend on the horizon. According to a recent CIBC World Markets Report, there's also an increase in cooperation forming between smaller and larger firms to create temporary work clusters. From our observation of this phenomena, cross-sector clusters are forming for the purpose of developing new strategies, ‘just in time’ solutions, networking and forecasting of business cycles that are tough to pin down. As if the globe did not have enough on her plate, C-level executives of High-Value Add firms are creating breakthroughs in exponential growth and reporting e-tech, clean-tech and ‘many-other-techs’ as evolving beyond human capacity to adjust to their releases. Notwithstanding these enormous pressures, every layer of leadership is expected to stay focused, remain calm during chaos, adaptable, open minded, positive and focused on the bottom line. The 21st Century is a Hero’s Journey.

Why Self-Awareness?

Self-awareness is the first component of emotional intelligence.  According to Maslow, it represents growth of an individual toward fulfillment of their highest potential and meaning in life. In Maslow’s theory of self-actualization, individuals are recognized as an integrated organized whole. From a 21st Century leadership perspective, the more responsibility leaders have ~ the more challenges they are required to face and impact those around them. When we create expansion in our organizations, we must also develop the human potential in our teams to help them navigate increasing complexity with purpose, meaning and relative ease. 

Need for Purpose and Meaning 

From our research with 50 leaders in organizations spanning 4 continents, a systemic issue facing their teams is a need for purpose and meaning. A similar outcome was reported in a 2016 ILO report, where 324 experts from 54 countries agreed that technological advancement is making the boundaries between work and personal life more and more difficult to identify.

To be successful in the 21st Century, emerging leaders must cultivate a strong foundation of inner sustainability by integrating self-awareness practice into their daily routines. The benefit from doing this is to become aware of the emotional, personal and cultural drivers of themselves and their teams. How do they achieve this?

Cultivating Self-Awareness Happens Through Reflection

One simple exercise for creating more clarity through self-awareness is to ask three fundamental questions before key decision making;

1) Who Am I (As A Leader)? : To align to purpose and meaning in career and life, it's important to have a clear sense of our unique skills, values, passions and opportunities for growth. We cannot express our full potential, if we do not have a clear sense of who we are.

2) Why Am I Doing This? : Committing to a new role or activity is a big deal. It is an investment of our time and energy and can impact a lot of people. If your objective is to actualize your full potential, to create meaning and purpose in your life, than it's important to reflect on why you do what you do. What are your true motivations? Are they sustainable? Will the role stretch you? What might you learn from the experience? If the role does not resonate, do you have the courage to say no? Why do you do what you do? 

  3) Where Am I Going? : If we commit to a role, we must be clear on the goal. Asking good questions that create goal clarity is essential for generating success and especially where 21st Century business strategies will adjust over time. If we're not clear on goal expectations, we're likely not going to achieve them.

Cultivating self-awareness is a journey and can eventually be developed as a centrifugal force for creating inner-sustainability in global leaders experiencing high degrees of pressure and change. This is particularly true when leaders commit to practicing a variety of inner reflection exercises coupled with go/no go decision frameworks, and experiential learning from applied practice.  

Other Benefits from Cultivating Self-Awareness

  • Increased Agility, Adaptability, Flexibility
  • Greater Expression of Authentic Self, Unique Skills and Capabilities
  • Greater Meaning and Purpose, Intrinsic Motivation
  • Increased Emotional Maturity, Calm Under Pressure
  • Increased Clarity In Decision Making, Focus In the Now
  • Open Minded, Objective, Patient
  • Increased Perseverance, Courage, Confidence 
  • Creation, Solution, Idea Generation
  • Goal Orientation – Big Picture View, Tactical Execution

The Risk Of Doing Nothing

The global economy is bifurcating into two worlds operating under very different paradigms. 1)  Command and control hierarchies and 2) Increasing-returns value-add business characterized by observation, intelligent positioning, collaboration, focus, inspiration, innovation, intuition, and strategic play. Successful execution in the 21st Century requires a focused, empowered and conscious effort from the entire team ecosystem. Building inner-sustainability in leadership teams has a lot of upside potential. Doing nothing (no inner- sustainability development), is also an option albeit forcing teams to mobilize around perpetual change and challenge will eventually override their human spirit and desire to sustain high levels of performance.

 Summary

The world is changing at a pace where workforce development can no longer be ignored. The 21st Century business imperative is to build self-aware leaders capable of harmonizing expanding work environments and achieving exceptional results with less effort. Cultivating leadership self-awareness during a time of unprecedented change makes good business sense, demonstrates company support, and reinforces the message that individuals can handle whatever may come their way.

 Continued Success, 

Ann Marie MacDougall

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