The Charismatic League Tables September 2015

September 2, 2015

Donad TrumpSince the last publication of the charismatic league table, a league structure of charismatic individuals has been instituted.

Relegation  and promotion based in the latest news stories of those individuals nominated for inclusion who are still generating media attention

 

The tables are designed to encourage discussion about our beliefs on charisma, and no scholarly claims are made of their reliability or validity.

The tables will be revised monthly until further notice. A rather old-fashioned spreadsheet is under preparation.

To avoid entryism

All proposals will be examined carefully by the editor of LWD before changes are made. The editor’s decision on such changes will be final. This utterly undemocratic process is one designed to avoid entryism, and any such attempts to influence the league tables in underhanded ways.

Read  on to see the five league tables for September 2015.

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Creativity and leadership

September 1, 2015

Creativity and Leadership Twente

Tudor Rickards and Susan Moger of Manchester Business School review their work on creativity and leadership at the 5th Creativity and Innovation Management Community Workshop at the University of Twente

http://www.utwente.nl/bms/nikos/newsevents/cfp5th-cim-community-workshop/

 


Mike Coupe of Sainsburys shows how to deal with the media, avoids tricky questions

August 28, 2015

MIke CoupeMike Coupe, the CEO of Sainsburys, was on the BBC’s Wake up to money programme this week. His main objective was to present his company’s decision to pay employees a living wage.  He skilfully kept away from several potential pratfalls

It was an easy ride for the confident sounding CEO.  [I might recommend him for student study, I thought.]

Parson’s hand grenades

The interviewer, the thoroughly well-prepped Adam Parsons, had a few obligatory hand grenades to lob across the table.  The interviewee defused them skillfully.

The questions and answers

Basic wage payment? Part of a long term plan

Supermarkets screwing farmers over milk prices?  Some do, we don’t

Petrol prices at store are loss leaders.  Prices very competitive and (of course) good for the customers

Would your shareholders say you are paying out a lot of money?  [That’s an interesting question, I thought.]  I waited for a standard answer about Corporate Social Responsibility.  Instead, Mr Coupe briskly made his only obvious venture into Corporate speak territory.  He referred to the importance of maintaining the company’s reputation of having the highest level of customer satisfaction and the importance of motivated ‘inward facing staff’. In other words, the pay rise could be justified in financial terms in the long run.

Overall  impact of the interview

Mr Coupe would have been pleased to have kept away from contextual issues such as the tough trading conditions at Sainsburys, the recent laying off of nearly a thousand of those ‘inward facing’ employees as part of an efficiency drive, and pressures accompanying the decision to introduce the modest wage rise.

His answers were clear, coherent and confident.  If I had one concern, they seemed too well-prepared, too quickly delivered.  Getting leaders to sound empathetic  is harder than preparing them to deliver  a convincing rational set of answers in role playing  rehearsal. Terry Leahy when boss of Tesco managed it well, although Sir Terry’s style was more informal and a little warmer.

Student discussion questions

How would you evaluate the interview from the perspective of a media coach?

From Mike Coupe’s perspective?

From the interviewer’s  perspective?

Background materials

BBC’s summary of the interview

Management Today’s interview with Mike Coupe

Is the wage rise ‘a publicity stunt’?

 


Margaret Heffernan’s model of ‘super chickens’ will change the way we think about leadership

August 26, 2015

 

In a recent article in Real Business the author and academic Margaret Heffernan reports on work that challenges conventional wisdom of leadership and team effectiveness.

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Theresa May arrives to lead the fight against invaders

August 24, 2015

thatchertankTheresa May arrives to lead her border troops into action in the battle of Calais. Comparisons with Margaret Thatcher are irresistible. But will her admiration for Geoffrey Boycott be career-limiting?

The Home Secretary has avoided the rather blood-curdling descriptions of ‘swarms’ of migrants ‘breaking in’ to our country, as favoured by The Prime Minister. Today, [August 20th, 2015] however, she takes the initiative from Mr Cameron with a visit revealing details of a plan to deal with what the BBC calls The Calais Migrant crisis.

Reading Theresa’s intentions

The role of Home Secretary requires the holder to survive periods of public invisibility interspersed with possible career-threatening high profile decisions. The job also carries with it healthy aspirations to move into the top job.

So, some statement such as “I have great pleasure in serving my country under our beloved leader than whom there is not nor has there ever been an equal for wisdom, integrity, and fragrance literally and metaphorically” may be taken to mean “you bet your bobbly bits I’m ready to take over, the moment I get the signal that the time is right to give the heave-ho to that spineless apology for a leader “.

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Leadership lessons from Carlisle Football Club’s epic journey

August 20, 2015

At 10am on a bright late summer morning in August 2015, the official bus for Carlisle United Football supporters pulled out of the club’s ground, not far from the Scottish border. Its destination was Plymouth. It was to be an epic journey that would enter into club historyCarlisle United

The plan was for the fans to make the 779 mile return journey (1250 kilometres) to Plymouth on the South Coast of England in order to support their team in a mid-week evening match.

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By popular demand Camila Batmanghelidjh and Batman enter the Charismatic league tables

August 18, 2015


Following a request from a subscriber in Gotham City, Camila Batmanghelidjh and Batman have won promotion to the Charisma Premier league. Their names and ranking will appear when the list is updated in September

A subscriber purporting to come from Gotham City has successfully nominated both Camila Batmanghelidjh and Batman for inclusion in the Charisma league table.

The Batman nomination was accepted after his strong charismatic leadership performance over a period of many years.

Dr Batmanghelidjh , author of Shattered Lives, has been in outstanding charismatic form this month, as she battles to defend her company’s record under her leadership.

Another strong contender for the Charismatic leader of the month award is Donald Trump, with standout performances against a Fox News commentator and several Scottish wind farms, and for persuading a little girl that he is really Batman in disguise.


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