5 Leadership skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution


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Getting to grips with the exponential impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, sooner rather than later, should be a priority for every leader no matter what business they are in. In our last post in the ALT to Reboot Leadership Series, we noted how cyber-physical systems, automation and the Internet of Things are combining to create exponential growth for businesses. Here is a bit more detail on the factors at play in a 4.0 system:

*     People, devices, machines and sensors connect and communicate

*     Virtual copies of the physical world are created, allowing for better contextualisation of information

*     Technical assistance helps humans with decisions and tasks that are difficult or dangerous

*     Autonomous decision making (decentralising decisions) starts with simple decisions being taken by cyber-physical systems[1].

The skills and experience to implement these systems are severely lacking. Organisations have what the World Economic Forum calls a ‘triple investment’ to make in reskilling: reskilling at-risk workers, upskilling the broader workforce and building structures for a learning organisation[2].

Given our focus in the leadership space, in this blog we wanted to lift out a set of requirements for leaders that resonate strongly for us, defined by Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School, Richard Jolly.

1.    Communication – that is effective and authentic in a world of information overload and hype

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A walk in the park


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Have you ever been for a walk in the park and not turned around until you’ve had at least one novel idea? That’s what leadership expert Liz Wiseman does.

Luckily at LGIT Smart Solutions, our offices are located in the beautiful Woodlands Office Park in Johannesburg. So we regularly take a breather and refresh our mindsets with a stroll. What is of most importance to us, is what we do with those new ideas and how we lead others to own their new ideas and actions. If we want to solve real challenges at a scale that has significance, we have to move beyond ‘the brilliant idea of one person’. In her book Multipliers– how the best leaders make everyone smarter”, Liz talks about how to do just that.

According to Wiseman, you can choose to be a diminisher or a multiplier.  The multiplier shows that others are important by listening, questioning, offering stretch and challenge, and then trusting enough to step out of the way and let action happen. They assume that people are smart enough to figure out what they need to do and they liberate them to get on with the doing (and learning), providing support on the sideline. In this way, the are ‘multiplying’. Continue reading

All in the mind


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The following statement sounds incredibly much like common sense. Persistence and effort only deliver returns when we truly believe that we can make change happen. You have to be in it to win it. Your own assumptions about what you can achieve, also called your mindset, have profound implications on how you navigate your path and as a result how much you will flourish in the future. At LGIT Smart Solutions, we believe that as the Fourth Industrial Revolution rolls on, the right mindset will be critical for not being left behind. Let’s look at this concept of mindset in a bit more detail.

According to Dr Carol Dweck, a world-renowned Stanford University psychologist, there are two types of mindset. Each has the power to light up or disable the dreams and goals we set in life and at work. The first type of mindset is the fixed mindset. As the title implies, this mindset is shored up by a core belief that our abilities are relatively static and stable, and will not change significantly over time, no matter what we do. Abilities, talents and intelligences are all seen much like a hand that is ‘dealt’ in life. Achievements or right answers are proof of your talents. Failures show you up for what you lack. Because you don’t believe that you can change your hand much, ‘failures’ can have a crippling effect on the positive sense of self. The core belief ‘I cannot change anything’ may lead to a fear or avoidance of new experiences and risky situations.  People with a fixed mindset may feel as though they constantly need to prove themselves to others. Continue reading

Mind the Gap!


Instead of a “Gap Year”, attend our “Mind the Gap” programme and get clear on what you want to do with your life.

Matriculants from all over South Africa will receive their results on 5th January 2018. Today the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has reported a 98.76% matric pass rate for 2017. Yet the unemployment of the youth in South Africa is an endemic problem despite the improving matriculation rate.

Today the decision on what to do after matric seems like an overwhelming decision for many matriculants.

At LGIT Smart Solutions our “Mind the Gap” programme is aimed to help young adults get clear on their purpose, ensure that their career / study choice is aligned with their values, and gain workplace readiness skills.

For programme details or to register online go to www.lgit.joburg/gap.

 

 

Microsoft Launches Digital Badges For MCPs


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Microsoft has partnered with Pearson VUE to make digital badges broadly available for Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs). Starting on October 21st, 2016, if you have passed a selection of exams or earned designated certifications, you will now be able to achievement more broadly via a verifiable digital badge, courtesy of Pearson’s digital badging platform, Acclaim Continue reading

Simplicity, Agility and Mojo


The world is oozing info and options. This is great, but how does one simplify from chaos?  It is actually quite simple – Just choose simplicity. It truly is a choice.

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Agility is thwarted by complicated systems, processes and thought forms which breed more of the same. This leads to getting nowhere fast.  Sadly, it often results in a downward spiral.  Slow response to change, red tape, busyness (not business), disconnected channels, resistance, blocked flow, restricted movement, group-think silos and a whole bunch of despondent people.  Does that sound familiar?

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Need to rent quality Training Facilities in Jhb?


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Situated in The Woodlands, Woodmead, Johannesburg.

We have a beautiful view of the city and located in a Game Park.  We have modern facilities, breakout balcony areas, high-spec quality equipment and the Game Park adds a rustic touch.

LGIT Reception  LGIT Classroom  LGIT Balcony

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