Adjusting the operating model for success and overcoming stalled digital efforts. The digested read is an ongoing blog series where I take a white paper or long-form article and digest it to a palatable five minute or so read for you. TL;DR? I read so you don’t have to. This week we are looking at Organising for a Digital World by Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Laurent-Pierre Baculard, Greg Caimi and Oliver Straehle. They all work for Bain and Company.ByEdward
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There are a million styles of management and every manager is different in their own way. But when it comes to breaking down management styles, there are three categories that a manager, leader or boss will always fall into - Democratic, Authoritarian and Laissez-faire. All management styles have their pros and cons, and depending on the nature of the industry, your workers and what you are trying to achieve, a different management style might be required each time, which can mean switching between the three from time to time. But what do these three types of management mean? Here's the breakdown:ByEdward
As I'm sure you know, employee motivation is kind of a big thing for management. As I'm sure you also know, there's not exactly one size fits all answer to the problem. But it seems that nowadays, a lot of companies act like one of the best motivators, money, shouldn't be treated like one. Instead, there's a huge focus on 'perks' and 'gimmicks' and making the office setting more exciting motivates an employee better than anything else. A happy employee is a poor one who's desk is 30 feet from a ping-pong table, right?ByEdward
Welcome to the RattleBerry RoundUp! This is a weekly series where we select a trending topic and round up the latest and greatest articles to keep you up to date. We hope you enjoy it! Let us know either way on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. This week on the RattlBerry roundup we're talking about failure and setbacks. It's not an easy topic to face, especially when you're full of optimism for your new strategy. We're not saying you're going to fail, we're not saying you presume you should fail. What's important, though, is when things take a nosedive or pan out differently to what you expected, you have a plan in place. So here's a few articles on the subject and what to do if things aren't working out quite as well as you hoped or expected:ByEdward
Welcome to the RattleBerry RoundUp! This is a weekly series where we select a trending topic and round up the latest and greatest articles to keep you up to date. We hope you enjoy it! Let us know either way on Twitter,Facebook or LinkedIn. This week, I've sorted through loads of articles titled something along the lines of "5 Essential Qualities for Every Leader", "How These 3 Things Tell You How to Lead", or "Leaderships is Defined By These 4 Traits" to bring you articles with real substance on the qualities and tools today's leaders use.ByEdward
Welcome to the RattleBerry RoundUp! This is a weekly series where we select a trending topic and round up the latest and greatest articles to keep you up to date. We hope you enjoy it! Let us know either way on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. This week we are taking on the topic of the future of recruiting. This is what RattleBerry is all about. As the corporate world undergoes digital transformation, something to realize is that there will not only be changes in the way companies do business but also in the way companies attract and hire talent. The recruiting industry along with HR departments the world over are being rocked by the shift to digital. Everything from the way a candidate applies for a job to the way an employee is defined is shifting, and it feels as though we are on the brink of a revolution. Just as in commerce where all the power has shifted to the customer, to stay relevant in recruiting (especially for tech) we must realize that all the power has shifted to the candidate.
Thanks for joining us for our first RattleBerry RoundUp post. This will become a weekly series for us in which we will "round-up" interesting articles based around a certain topic. We hope this becomes an installment you look forward to and gain useful insight from, and we look forward to reading your feedback and comments. This week's topic is digital transformation. We felt this was the perfect place to start as it is the reason for RattleBerry. Digital transformation refers to the way business today must adapt to the continual shift of their customer/client base from primarily in-store and over-the-phone to the internet. This shift has allowed for small "disruptive" businesses to enter nearly every industry and gain a large market share with minimal overhead. Large corporations and companies with more traditional business models have felt the shift and seen the damage to their bottom lines and are now struggling to catch up before another startup enters the market and finishes them off.ByEdward
Focusing on digital transformation and experience RattleBerry is a freshly squeezed six months old today and we thought it would be a good time to take a step back and see where we have gotten to and what has changed from our initial plan. We have made two hires to our own team and have been lucky to get to work on some really senior recruitment briefs in UX, eCommerce and digital delivery/ project management. So, we are ahead of schedule and that is great, but I have noticed a slight but important shift in the areas we recruit for.
Aspects of leadership planning you can apply in your career. Grappling with clear corporate leadership in a connected age. I mentioned before that I listen to the Tim Ferriss podcast and much of this post is based on the recent episode with General Stanley McChrystal. It is a long form and wide ranging discussion that at certain points deals with McChrystal's recently published business book - Team of Teams. There are many parts to both the interview and the book but I am going to focus on one particular insight. I think strong leadership can actually implement this plan and reap the rewards. The goal is a large group of people, set up in different teams/ units, but, all operating as a network with independent decision making. This decision making is nonetheless completely aligned to the orgainsation main objectives. This is achieved in simple terms through better communication from the top. This is fairly standard stuff, but the interesting part is how this is over-layed with the wildly different external reality of dynamic and kinetic networks of competitors and consumers. I will get to that shortly, but first it is useful to provide a little background to the author of this idea and the long-standing relationship between military strategy and business planning.ByEdward