Every month our CEO shares his thoughts on what it takes to be a successful and positive leader. You can read these articles on the Nebula blog. In these posts, he regularly explains that the most engaged leaders focus on staying up to date with the trends influencing their business, their industry and their employees. When they’re not looking outward, they’re looking inward – trying to improve themselves and their ability to successfully lead their team.
As we move into the second half of the year, it’s the perfect time for the CIOs and CEOs to refocus their attention on the their goals. As part of this, they should be identifying, and leveraging, the trends that are transforming the world of work as we know it.
Sure, the priorities of modern CIOs and CEOs may vary but the fundamentals remain the same.
Here are our top tips for business executives who are looking to achieve great results.
Lead several generations
There are so many articles focused on the Millennial workforce but in 2019 a major influx of workers from Generation Z – born in late 1990s and early 2000s – will also be entering the mix. And let’s not forget the older generations – Baby Boomers and members of Generation X – who are already part of your teams. Managing these different generations is all about creating an environment where different groups feel valued and are motivated to do their best.
Pick up the pace
In a world of instant gratification, leaders are under a lot of pressure to pick up the pace. But it’s critical that this increase in speed isn’t accompanied by a decline in quality. Dhruv Saxena, co-founder and CEO of an e-commerce tech- fulfilment service called ShipBob, explains the situation perfectly. “Businesses have to meet these new expectations, yet just as importantly, they must do so without burning out colleagues and employees. For many businesses, this will require adopting new strategies, tools, or services that streamline operations and not only reduce the burden on their staff, but empower them.”
Invest in people
Today, perhaps more than ever, it is critical that businesses are agile enough to pivot and when new trends arise. One way to do so it to offer regular training to your current employees so that they have the skills needed to master the latest changes and advanced in technology. By upskilling your teams you are showing them that you’re willing to invest in their personal development, which improves employee engagement and loyalty.
Leverage technology for growth
CIOs and CEOs increasingly expect IT teams to work with business leaders to co-develop their technology capabilities and to align these with the organisation’s broader goals. When the CEO and CIO successfully work together they can identify the right tools to boost growth and to give the organisation a leg up against the competition.
What are you doing to ensure that your team is headed in the right direction as we move into the second half 2019? Understanding current trends and figuring out how to align these with your own business efforts is a great place to start. Our monthly newsletter features everything you need to know about leadership, business strategy and innovation. Subscribe below.