November 24, 2013
It seems like there is some truth in the expression ‘fake it until you make it’. Really! Could standing like Superman or Wonder Woman actually make you feel and look more powerful? The answer appears to be yes. Expansive, open body postures increase testosterone, decrease stress and make people feel more in control. And here’s the interesting bit, in a selection situation, especially when candidates have to give presentations, holding a more ‘powerful’ posture increases the chances of getting hired by 20%. So strike a pose before going in to an interview (it would be a bit weird if you struck up your Superman or Wonder Woman position when you were actually in the room), and stand tall when delivering a presentation. It could make a big difference.
More info: http://pss.sagepub.com/content/21/10/1363.abstract
Wonder Woman. Created by a psychologist! Have a look at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Moulton_Marston
June 15, 2010
I am always on the look out for new ideas in leadership and Emmanual Gobillot’s book strikes a chord. In Leadershift he provides a useful insight into four societal trends that are flipping leadership on its head. That’s the DEAD bit.
- Demographic – we are now leading people we have little in common with, often from really different generations.
- Expertise – this is coming from all over the place. Mass collaboration, crowdsourcing, you name it, it’s all up for grabs.
- Attention – all that noise. It’s harder to get people’s attention and reasons for working, and ways of working, are changing.
- Democracy – this is the big one. Leaders have little direct control over their resources, and the way we feel about organisations changes, routinely. God bless you BP!
I think we may need some new business models and to work out ways for organisations to create their own information space. The book is called: Leadershift: Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Mass Collaboration. Kogan Page (2009).