The cornerstone of every successful business is a unified company culture. And the foundation for a strong culture is that it must support the corporate strategy and be built on exceptional leadership. Being a good leader is no longer good enough.Earlier this year, I wrote a piece for Forbes on the importance of exceptional leadership, explaining the value of a holistic approach to leadership development and highlighting three areas of focus to help shape a successful leadership strategy.Three Keys to Effective Leadership DevelopmentClearly understand the company’s strategy and cultivate a supportive and inspiring corporate culture: In order to support a positive culture, leaders must be able to clearly articulate the company’s vision and strategy and also comprehend the company’s team members’ values and expectations. Once the cultural DNA of the business is identified, then you can create a set of clear principles that reflect and support the culture your team members need to be successful.For instance, Dell’s leaders are expected to thrive at these seven principles: optimism, humility, drive, vision, selflessness, judgment and relationships. However, leadership is a privilege, and should be worked at, so while it’s important to be good at all of these, my advice is to be exceptional for at least one of them. Just pick one and excel at it. Our research has shown that exceptional leadership in the eyes of team members – in just one defined area – delivers directly to the bottom line of the business.Embed expectations for leaders into the business’ ecosystem: To achieve success, a company’s values and leadership principles must be embedded into every aspect of the business. Holding leaders accountable for successfully executing the company’s strategy while also living and cultivating the company’s culture is a must. At Dell, one key way we measure this is through our team member surveys, which play a significant role in driving our leadership and culture strategy.Use data and analytics to uncover the leadership principles that matter most: It’s no surprise that a tech company would put a premium on data. We believe a company’s leadership development strategy must be based on research and data. It’s the ongoing evaluation of a leader’s impact that should serve as the guide post for HR strategy and decision-making going forward. At Dell, for instance, we know through team member research that the two most important leadership attributes for inspiring our team members are selflessness and vision.The end game – our customersDell’s research shows that our strategic focus on leadership is helping to support business growth and better service for our customers. For example, the data reveals that sales teams working for inspiring leaders have six percent higher sales attainment than those working for uninspiring leaders. The difference is more happy customers and increased revenue measured in the millions, a bottom-line difference that should be of interest to all employees of a company. If you’re interested to read more of my thoughts on leadership, see my Forbes post here.
(CMC) – CRICKET West Indies (CWI) will stage a training camp for emerging players at month end, geared towards developing their skills in the limited overs formats.Fifteen players will gather at the West Indies High Performance Centre at the Coolidge Cricket Ground here for the May 27 to June 13 programme which is part of a new CWI thrust to invest heavily in player-development at the youth level.“The camp will be delivered by the CWI high-performance team with a focus on developing the players’ white-ball skills and building on the potential the players have shown coming through the CWI pathway of youth and senior regional tournaments,” said High Performance Centre programme manager Graeme West.“The development of players is key to the West Indies’ future success and we have to begin to build the depth of talent in the white-ball formats, especially 50 overs.”The group selected includes four members of the ICC Under-19 World Cup-winning side from 2016 with batsman Keacy Carty and seamers Odean Smith, Chemar Holder and all-rounder Shamar Springer.Left-arm pacer Dominic Drakes, son of former West Indies fast bowler Vasbert Drakes, has also been included.“We have seen the emergence of a number of our talented Under-23s, like Shimron Hetmyer, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Oshane Thomas, Sherfane Rutherford and Obed McCoy, into the West Indies white-ball squads in recent matches and all have performed creditably,” West explained.“We have a strong group of emerging players and this initiative is a good opportunity at harnessing that talent, raising the profiles of some of our outstanding young talent, and preparing them to be future West Indies stars.”Twelve of the 15 players, including the likes of Drakes, Smith and Springer, have been identified for next week’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft and West said they would be guaranteed spots in the various franchises.“This is the first time that the CWI selection panel has provided a pool of emerging players to CPL,” said West.“The 12 players who have been identified by the selection panel are guaranteed contracts with the six franchises and will be entered into the CPL Draft taking place later this month in London, where the franchises will make their squad selections.”SQUAD – Joshua Bishop, *Leniko Boucher, Keacy Carty, *Roland Cato, *Dominic Drakes, Keon Harding, *Chemar Holder, *Amir Jangoo, *Ramaal Lewis, *Jeremiah Louis, *Anderson Phillips, *Jeavor Royal, *Keagan Simmons, *Odean Smith, *Shamar Springer.(Asterisk denotes players chosen for CPL draft)
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie, says the country will not be using the antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, to treat persons who have contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19).Speaking during a recent virtual press conference, the CMO said the decision was made by the Ministry, following a recommendation from a committee of experts from across the island who are responsible for reviewing the technical material that is available on various treatments that are being tried internationally.“We also utilise the guidance documents that are provided by the WHO (World Health Organization) who themselves have established expert panels to review the material that is available. As a result of our review, we have made a decision and this is a decision that is supported by the WHO that we will not include hydroxychloroquine in our treatment protocols.”She was responding to a question as to Jamaica’s position on the use of the drug.In recent weeks, there have been raging debates globally about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating patients with COVID-19, after it was touted as a weapon in the fight against the pandemic.Bisasor McKenzie said that Jamaica is aware that ongoing studies are being done to look at the use of the drug in treating a certain set of patients.The CMO said “Jamaica has applied to be a part of the solidarity study, which is being coordinated from the WHO, and in that study, we may have persons who fit definite criteria, who would be recruited to have that treatment”.She noted that there are specific treatment and monitoring guidelines that would have to be strictly observed in using the drug.