Anthony Howard, the CEO whisperer and author of "Humanise: Why Human Centred Leadership Is the key to the 21st Century" is the first interview for Tall Poppy and one of four in a series on the topic of Human Centred Leadership. He possibly coined the term. Hear predictions for the future of work, why the human touch will be at a premium and a very personal story about some courageous unsolicited feedback that led Anthony to explore emotional intelligence as a way to change to himself to improve his own leadership.
reWrite the World Blog Challenge Day 20 I imagine a world in which empathy is ubiquitous so that... Emotions are met with openness, curiosity and compassion. Concerns and misgivings are aired and dealt with in an openhearted manner. Edge dwellers are accepted for their eccentricity without judgement or social isolation. Today we judge before seeking to understand. Many of our emotions go unexpressed and are associated with shame and fear. Our emotionally phobic culture validates our tendency to squelch our emotions and perpetuates social isolation, enforcing a rigid scope of 'normalcy'. Our frayed social fabric is marked by disconnection. [...]
ReWrite the World Blog Challenge Day 14 I imagine a world in which we feel safe to express our whole selves. So that... Emotions are ok to express, valued, learned from and moved through rapidly. Our silly side is welcomed and seen as appropriate in more circumstances. Creativity is unleashed in every aspect of life. Our current work culture is about bringing our professional selves to work at the expense of the rest of ourselves. This means our creativity, fun, and emotions are often put aside in favour of technical expertise. When we go outside the narrow band of acceptable expression our sanity is questioned. If we’re too happy we must be on drugs. [...]
ReWriting the World Blog Challenge Day 7 I imagine a world in which wisdom is integral to leadership. So that the decisions we make consider long-range implications, and come from a place of experience, knowledge and good judgement. If we made decisions with a broader range of our intelligences, not just our mental cognition, wise choices would be the natural result. When wisdom informs our acts of leadership, we open ourselves to dramatically different outcomes, ones that preserve the experience of the past while we forge our way into the future. Today, short-term gain seems to be the foundation of many of the decisions [...]
ReWriting the World Blog Challenge Day 6 I imagine a world in which Vulnerability is embraced as a strength So that we can ask for help without shame. So that showing emotion is recognised as an important human trait that is normal and natural. So that those who express emotion are respected and revered. So that raising a new idea is met with encouragement and curiosity. So that putting yourself out there as an artist, entrepreneur or free thinker isn’t so scary. Currently, our society regards vulnerability as a weakness. This makes asking for help, posing new ideas, and creative expression seem difficult and scary things to do. This prevents [...]