Everyone who holds a position of leadership regardless of their experience or scale, has five key Vantage Points from which they can build positive momentum and high performance. This book introduces these Vantage Points and provides highly practical examples of how leaders can use these in their daily approach to leading teams of brilliant people.
Vantage Points, invites leaders everywhere to consciously broaden their awareness via the exploration of the key Vantage Points. With this heightened awareness, great leaders can learn to focus their attention on their two primary jobs: creating clarity and space for individuals and teams to thrive. Vantage Points is a resource designed to support leaders in becoming more intentional in their actions and human centred interventions to enable and celebrate the shared collective endeavour of their team.
A modern manual for business leaders of all levels in an age of people-centric work
The future of work is changing – this is an important and practical book to help leaders and managers cope with that change
Written by a leading expert and practitioner in human resource and leadership development
The book contains a whole section of practical tools that can be quickly applied by leaders and managers
Publisher: LID Publishing
FORMAT: 138 x 216mm
Number of pages: 232pp
Paula Leach has developed a lifelong interest in the way people work, individually and collaboratively in organisations, to the best of their potential. In particular, Paula believes in the value of positive, human-centred, intentional leadership as the key enabler for individuals and teams to thrive. Over 25 years, Paula has built her experience across global multinational, large public sector and entrepreneurial growth organisations, holding the positions of Chief People Officer at the Home Office and Global Chief People Officer at FDM Group. She holds an MBA from Henley Business School and is a Fellow of the CIPD. Paula now runs her business, Vantage Points Consulting, specialising in her passion for unlocking the potential in people and organisations through coaching and business consulting. She is launching the Vantage Points Foundation in Autumn 2021 to support and mentor young women launching their dream careers.
Full of empirical wisdom and practical advice for leaders, this book is an important addition to the field of leadership books. I warmly welcome it!
PROFESSOR VLATKA HLUPIC, Award-winning author of The Management Shift and Humane Capital
Paula is an inspirational and influential HR and people-focused leader, with a thoughtful and refreshing perspective on the world of work. Through her original and accessible concept of ‘vantage points,’ Paula is able to offer a reflective view of what it takes to be a great people-focused leader today. Now, more so than ever, leaders need to be authentic, humane and comfortable with their own and others’ vulnerability. Paula offers a clear and practical guide to getting there, showing that leadership is as much about ‘being’ as it is about ‘doing’.
KATIE JACOBS, Senior stakeholder lead at CIPD and HR/business journalist
No leader can see the whole picture. But every leader can get a richer picture if we see things from different vantage points. The best books offer simplicity and depth. Vantage Points delivers on both in abundance and throws in a dollop of practicality too. Any leader will find this a stimulating and practical book and one they will return to regularly.
MARK WITHERS, Founder and director of Mightywaters and author of Risky Business: Unlocking Unconscious Biases in Decisions
In a quest to maintain market position and improve profits in today’s fast-paced, competitive market place, organizations need to become more and more customer driven. A customer-driven organization maintains a base of loyal customers by recognizing that customer service and product quality are fundamental to maintaining a competitive advantage. These organizations have incredibly strong, inspirational and charismatic leaders with strong culture and behavioural norms or even rules that guide everyone how to function within the organization. They think that their way is the only way!
This book explains how the environment and culture created in some of the world’s greatest customer-focused companies resembles the mindset created by a cult. It is by understanding the “anatomy” of such companies that we, too, can embark upon a journey of customer excellence within our companies.
We live in a world of constant change and disruption caused mainly by new technology. Yet, in business, there is widespread apathy, paralysis and confusion in many established companies in face of the obvious scope, scale, reach and pace of disruptive change. Why? Because Denial is the natural default response, given how executives’ brains function and how they are trained.
This important book examines why companies seem paralysed in the headlights of onrushing digital and other disruption. In analysing and understanding this tendency towards denial in companies, the author is then able to guide executives to begin seeing a new perspective to coping with the transformation challenge that faces them. Full of insightful case studies and lessons gained from the author’s work with leading companies, this is a hugely timely book when virtually all companies and executives must deal with the threat of disruptive change.
Valued at $25 billion following its IPO in 2014, JD.com (Jingdong) is China’s second largest e-commerce company (behind its rival Alibaba) and leads the way in sales of consumer electronics and books. Through unprecedented access to the inner-workings of JD.com and its founder, Richard Liu, and other main players, this book offers the most detailed examination of the success behind one of China’s most successful companies of recent times.
Founded in 1998 as an online magneto-optical store, the company evolved into selling books, CDs, videos and consumer electronics online on an enormous scale. In 2014, Asia’s largest Internet company, Tencent, acquired a 20% stake in JD.com, which made the company the No.2 online retailer in China, and thus triggering a fierce battle with Alibaba for dominance in the China market. The story of JD.com’s growth, and the strategies and philosophy of its charismatic founder, is featured in this fascinating book.
In this counter-intuitive book for managers, the author argues that no one is perfect and that success as a leader is not about being perfect and always doing the right thing; it is about accepting your own humanity and adopting a number of down-to-earth attitudes and values. That’s when we achieve true (adequate) success.
Through ten commandments – starting with “Be humble – as a manager, you are also an employee” – management expert Kelly Odell provides a new perspective on how we should behave as managers in this age of differing cultures and values. How we think about people, motivation, power and relationships is the foundation for successful management. Odell argues that too much emphasis is placed on the leader setting a good example and becoming a (heroic) role model, when in fact a leader whose priority is on other people is more likely to create value for their company and succeed as a manager.
China's economic rise and influence has been one of the most significant developments in the global economy of recent times. A driving force behind this expansion has been the private entrepreneurs and companies of China, some of which have literally redefined the economic and business landscape, both inside and outside of China. Ma Huateng (Pony Ma) is one such entrepreneur. In 1998, he co-founded Tencent Inc, starting with the company's QQ instant messaging tool that became a huge hit in China. Under Ma's leadership, Tencent has moved into web portals, social networks, multi-player games and e-commerce, making the company today an Internet powerhouse and China's number one brand. Ma himself was hailed by Time magazine in 2014 as one of the world's most influential people. This book examines the rise of Ma and Tencent, known for their truly innovative thinking and approach to technology and business.
How is it that some brands and companies manage to last decades, fending off crises and turbulence and continuing to prosper, while others fail? What does it take to achieve sustainable value and success?
In this timely and important book, Luis Gallardo argues that executives and managers not only have to think holistically (in terms of strategy, structure and operations), but also act personally (to become “rousers”) if they are to succeed in these ever-changing times. As a manager, you have to engage and people, from top to bottom, and provide an understanding of the company’s mission and brand. As well as taking a broad, systems approach, you have to rouse (ignite and excite) the people in your organisation in order to make things happen. This balance between strategy and tactics, big picture and detail, planning and action, corporate direction and personal responsibility is the key to progress and resilience for your company in today’s turbulent times.
Across the world businesses are searching for ways to work leaner and smarter. Working virtually across countries, time zones, and regions is, in theory, a good way to stay connected and keep travel and accommodation costs down. Businesses must be competent at working virtually in order to thrive and, meeting virtually is today’s reality.
Technology companies are getting better and better at supporting meaningful virtual meetings and communication media is galloping ahead with people actively staying connected through social media and yet, at the same time virtual business meetings are hitting a glass ceiling. This book suggests that the human behaviour needed to make the most of these meetings is struggling to keep up.
In this book you will learn how to make meetings work for you, how to be present and how to be understood, why you suck at meetings today and what to do about it for tomorrow.
The health of our brain, as measured through cognitive health domains such as “executive function”, is the single most important aspect of our overall health. In business, good cognitive health enables you to go beyond simply coping, to managing and leading. For a fully functioning brain enables us to operate to our highest capacity and reach optimum performance. Improved cognitive health allows us to become sharp, accurate, confident, precise, attentive, a source of wisdom and a bundle of energy.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the key cognitive health domains and how they impact your ability to operate at your best. You will understand the importance of each domain in order for you to maximize your cognitive health and be your best – or to have the best executive function.
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