We see communication as the currency of leadership.
Used well, it persuades, influences, inspires. Without it there is only command and control, cold authority, and the basic transaction between leader and employee.
We help leaders to be more effective users of the currency. To master its intricacies, it’s nuances and to fully capture its power. The power to bring clarity. To win over doubters. To engage in ideas and the art of the possible.
Research by The Leadership Council shows business leaders rank communication as the single most important skill of leadership. YouGov research shows it to be one of the most powerful drivers of engagement.
As we move into the era of the collaboration-economy, leaders’ reliance on communication will only increase. As a specialist consultancy, our aim is to help leaders become super-users of this most valuable currency.
Some of the communication challenges faced during a day in the life of a leader.
Teleconference with investor
Townhall meeting with Chinese delegation
Meeting with chairman
Lunch with high potential client
Strategic review meeting
Prep for board meeting
Drinks with board
We have worked with successful leaders from a wide range of organisations, operating in a mix of cultures and geographies.
Yet, despite all this variety, our experience is that – at root – all great leaders have mastered the same three things:
They convert potentially dry, rational plans into engaging, emotional ideas. They have the ability to create a cause that mobilises others to believe and to act.
They attach themselves to their cause in a highly personal way. They align their personal goals with broader, corporate goals. They become the human embodiment of the organisation’s values and future ambition.
They are able to connect emotionally with others. They understand the power of a well-nuanced message, and the importance of taking others with you on a joint-journey into the future.
Sunflowers can be sown straight in to the ground where they are going to flower, just make sure the space is weed free.
Rake the soil and make some holes 1-2cm deep. Leave a 10cm space between each seed.
Drop the seed into the hole and cover them up with soil. Don’t forget to water the seeds gently. As they grow, if the plants are crowded, then thin them out to about 45cm apart leaving the strongest, tallest plants.
While the plant is small, water around the root zone, about 3 to 4 inches from the plant.
Once the plant is established, keep watering to encourage deep rooting. Unless the weather is exceptionally wet or dry, water once a week with several gallons of water.
As your sunflower begins to grow taller you will need to help support the stem by placing a cane near the stem and loosely tying it to the plant with string.