Find Your With

Find your with...Angela Olivito Olivia International Inc.

Find your with...Angela Olivito Olivia International Inc.

Brilliant writings need to be #shared…just like this one below by Seth Godin. I find it #empowering to share my knowledge and the perspective and insight of others, so that we can all grow. To #grow to learn, understand and appreciate the intricate details, findings and teachings of people and the world around #us.

Hope this helps you someway, somehow. Let’s keep #sharing, #leading and teaching and learn to give credit, where credit is due.

It is kind, and it is what we should consistently try to do more of.

Over/With

You connect with someone.

But you exert power over someone.

You can dance and communicate and engage with a partner. It’s a two way street, a partnership.

On the other hand, you either exert control over someone, or you are under their control. If you want to be an Olympic wrestler, you need to be comfortable (not necessarily in favor of, but willing to live with) the idea that you will spend time under.

For thousands of years, we’ve built our culture to teach people to not only tolerate a powerful overlord, but in a vacuum, to seek one out. We build school around the idea of powerful teachers, coaches and authority figures telling us what to do. We go to the placement office to seek a job, instead of starting our own thing, because we’ve been taught that this is the way it works, it’s reliable, it’s safer.

And so we’re pushed to begin with under, not with.

The connection economy begins to undermine this dynamic. But it’s frightening. It’s frightening to have your own media channel, your own platform, your own ability to craft a community and 1,000 true fans. So instead, we seek out someone to tell us what to do, to trade this for that.

I think it’s becoming clear that power doesn’t scale like it used to. Too many unders and not enough withs.

But, each of us can change our perspective, as soon as we’re ready.

Find your with.

~Seth Godin

Wishing you all tremendous #success.

Always,

Angela Olivito

Leadership Lessons from consultants in business…

Leadership Lessons from consultants in business series – Part one: Knowing the basics

Although many consultants carve out their whole career within a big firm or even potentially setting up their own freelance boutique firms, there is a growing trend for consultants to move into corporate businesses themselves. The vast array of skills that consultants can bring to the board room from their experience of advising many different types of board rooms across industry sectors make them extremely valuable in the corporate world.

Interested in becoming a consultant?

We’ve taken a look at the advice given by some of the top CEOs who have consulting backgrounds for those looking at making the switch. What are the most important things to be aware of when moving from a firm into a leadership role in a corporate business?

Knowing the basics

  • Know the Values and Culture of the Company – All employees need to deeply understand what the company is based on but this is even more important for leadership teams. This is because the values and culture of the company create the boundaries for what you can and cannot do. Those who are leading in an organisation uncertain of these essential principles are wasting a lot of time – both their own and the company’s.
  • Importance of Speed and Efficiency – All businesses need to take care of the details, but speed and efficiency in decision making is vital for business leaders. Without it, companies begin to stagnate and ideas and proposals get lost at the middle level. Many CEO’s highly regard leaders that can implement quickly. They recognise the importance of pitching together strong quality processes but without jeopardising the ability to move quickly and be decisive. Many leaders have a self-confessed low tolerance threshold for ‘slothful’, and I must admit, i’m one of those people.
  • Accept that organizations move slowly – This is probably one of the harder things for consultants to grasp when moving into corporate business. Speed and efficiency in completing your own responsibilities is paramount but do not expect that change will happen overnight. Large organisations need time to adapt and implement change. I have had to learn this and remind myself even to this day, not all companies are going to implement all your advise with speed or efficiency, therefore, move on to the next step or area in the company and don’t let that slow you down.
  • Know your staff – Leaders who inspire confidence are those who engage with the whole range of employees who are involved in their company. Leadership teams should want to meet those who are out there doing the job the company is involved in; getting out in the field to really know how how work is done and meet those implementing it “it the trenches”. One cannot know “what is working or not” is they aren’t out there seeing it for themselves.

Positivity & Follow Through

  • Positive image on all fronts – Leaders must ensure they are presenting a consistently positive image. This means showing that the business is competitive and responsible not only employees within your own building but across the organisation, including suppliers and stakeholders as well as the local and global community.
  • Getting Paid- Olivia International Inc. works very hard to provide the best consulting services for all our clients. We also understand that it is not always about the money. Now don’t get us wrong…we are in business to make money! But, the difference with us is, that we don’t believe in quantity, we believe in “quality” service and “follow through”. We may take on less clients at one time, not because we can’t take on more, it’s because we provide the “follow through” service that sets us apart from the rest. We are not only here to consult, but we are here to help guide you through implementation process as well. We take pride in following through on our commitment to make sure you get what you paid for. Unlike many who advise, hand you a presentation for what you should do, and don’t care if its implemented, utilized or even working properly. That’s not our style! When you hire Olivia International Inc. we are here for as long as you need us. We make sure that what we teach is utilized, so that we can walk alway knowing we did the best we could in helping you succeed.

Wishing you ultimate success!

Angela Olivito

Evidence Based

Evidence Based Management- Olivia International Inc.

Evidence-Based Management

What is Evidence-Based management you ask? Well, here is a dictionary version of the definition.

“It entails managerial decisions and organizational practices informed by the best available scientific evidence, where best evidence is understood in terms of norms from the natural sciences”.

Managers and consultants are required to take action based on their decisions, and such decisions may have profound impacts on employees, customers and clients, the organization and society more widely. But how good are such decisions? How can we ensure that managers and consultants get hold of, accurately interpret and make use of the best available evidence in their decision-making?

I love reading, listening to audio tapes and researching. As a longtime consultant and business owner, you can never learn enough. And, I also like to share many of the information, so that I can provide guidance or insight to anyone who, like myself, always looking to improve.

As I was reading though some articles I came across this one. (I Love Harvard Business review), and it really resonated. The reason why I wanted to share it, is because I have run across many managers and consultants who consistently use the “one size fits all” approach to almost all of their advice and methods. I have always disagreed  with such methods. Below is an article that will give you a better understanding about why I agree with their insight.

Evidence-Based Medicine-A bold new way of thinking has taken the medical establishment by storm in the past decade: the idea that decisions in medical care should be based on the latest and best knowledge of what actually works. Dr. David Sackett, the individual most associated with evidence-based medicine, defines it as “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.” Sackett, his colleagues at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and the growing number of physicians joining the movement are committed to identifying, disseminating, and, most importantly, applying research that is soundly conducted and clinically relevant.

If all this sounds laughable to you—after all, what else besides evidence would guide medical decisions?—then you are woefully naive about how doctors have traditionally plied their trade. Yes, the research is out there—thousands of studies are conducted on medical practices and products every year. Unfortunately, physicians don’t use much of it. ( You are probably thinking, what!!?)

Recent studies show that only about 15% of their decisions are evidence based. For the most part, here’s what doctors rely on instead: obsolete knowledge gained in school, long-standing but never proven traditions, patterns gleaned from experience, the methods they believe in and are most skilled in applying, and information from hordes of vendors with products and services to sell.

The same behavior holds true for consultants looking to cure organizational ills. Indeed, we would argue, managers are actually much more ignorant than doctors about which prescriptions are reliable—and they’re less eager to find out. If doctors practiced medicine like many companies practice management, there would be more unnecessarily sick or dead patients and many more doctors in jail or suffering other penalties for malpractice.

It’s time to start an evidence-based movement in the ranks of consultants! Admittedly, in some ways, the challenge is greater here than in medicine.  The evidence is weaker; almost anyone can (and often does) claim to be a management consultant or manager expert; and a bewildering array of sources—Shakespeare, Billy Graham, Jack Welch, Tony Soprano, fighter pilots, Santa Claus, Attila the Hun—are used to generate management advice.

Managers seeking the best evidence also face a more vexing problem than physicians do: Because companies vary so wildly in size, form, and age, compared with human beings, it is far more risky in business to presume that a proven “cure” developed in one place will be effective elsewhere.

That is why the best consultants in the world do what others should…advise on personal experiences that work, analyze every aspect of the company (that time allows) and prescribe a solution that fits. We at Olivia International Inc. do just that.  Because it’s not a one size fits all type of world.

Still, it makes sense that when managers listen to consultants that act on better logic and evidence, their companies will trump the competition. That is why I’ve spent my entire research career, especially the last five years, working to develop and surface the best evidence on how companies ought to be managed and teaching managers the right mind-set and methods for practicing evidence-based management. As with medicine, management is and will likely always be a craft that can be learned only through practice and experience. Yet we believe that managers (like doctors) can practice their craft more effectively if they are routinely guided by the best logic and evidence—and if they relentlessly seek new knowledge and insight, from both inside and outside their companies, to keep updating their assumptions, knowledge, and skills. We aren’t there yet, but we are getting closer. The managers and companies that come closest already enjoy a pronounced competitive advantage.

Referenced from Harvard Business Business Review

Written by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton

Wishing you all ultimate Success,

 

Sincerely,

Angela Olivito