Book Review: The Leader You Want to Be by Amy Jen Su

Book Review: The Leader You Want to Be by Amy Jen Su

The Leader You Want To Be is the second book by Amy Jen Su and is based on the extensive coaching experience of the author. The book is very engaging from the very beginning. The author introduces from the opening two types of leaders: Leader A and Leader B. Leader A is all about high energy and enthusiasm, and through these, she’s capable of making a difference with her work. Leader B, on the other end, is exhausted and overwhelmed, feeling like making only little impact.  I guess we all easily recognize examples of Leader a and Leader B from our experience of real life. But what the author introduces here is not two persona type that represents different individuals. We all are both Leader A and Leader B in a different moment of our lives.  Leader A and Leader B are representative of all of us. Amy Jen Su, The Leader You Want to Be, page 2. The difference between Leader A (“The Balanced Leader “) and Leader B (“The Stressed Leader “), can go down to simple things: an accident on the way …

Build Your Skill: Resilience

Build your Skills: Resilience

Resilience is one of the topics that has been “hot” in the recent HR Congress I attended in Nice. Technically it is challenging to define Resilience as a Skill, as it is something more complicated than a pure competence. Many different factors dial in creating Resilience, and I want to dedicate some time to give some glimpses on this. Resilience: a Definition In simple words, Resilience is the ability of a person to adapt to changing circumstances and to bounce back from challenges and stress. In other words, Resilience is the ‘rubber ball’ factor: the ability to bounce back in the event of adversity. A resilient person has the ability to cope with and rise to the inevitable challenges, problems and set-backs met in the course of life, getting strengthened from these. Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good Elizabeth Edwards, …

Key Take Aways from the HR Congress 2019 in Nice (Day 1)

I’m attending the HR Congress 2019 in Nice, and have pulled together a quick list of the key learnings from the first day sessions.  Intro session The main conference session was moderated by Nigel Barlow, who in his opening presentation focused on the topic of Curiosity, as a way to overcome the “Yes, But” syndrome which stifles innovation. His message is that we need to teach ourselves Ignorance, sometimes asking dumb questions to learn new things and move to a “What If” culture and sustain real change. Professor Julian Birkinshaw, the author of Fast Forward, focused on new organisational models and new skills to support transformation. The main message for Organisations is that We can fight complexity only with simplicity. As for skills, the main one is to unlearn and be “unreasonable”, linking in with Barlow’s “what if” attitude. In this phase, great leaders need to be “ambidextrous”, Mentor and Role models towards the inside of the org, and Spokespersons and Champions towards the outside building a constant tension with the purpose of the company. Claude Silver is the Chief Heart Officer at VeynerMedia. An enviable …