The 7 Skills Needed by Leaders to Manage Change Effectively

The 7 Skills  Leaders Need to Manage Change Effectively


Leaders have a key role as “change agents”. Dale et al.,(2002) discusses the 7 Skills that are needed by Leaders to Manage Change Effectively


  • The ability to work independently, and without the power, or support of the management hierarchies
  • The ability to be an effective collaborator (i.e., leaders must compete in ways that enhance co-operation)
  • The ability to form and develop high trust, and ethical relationships
  • Self-confidence tempered with humility
  • Respect for the process of change (as well as the content of change)
  • Ability to work across business units, and adopt a multi-faceted approach
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Women, Leadership and Sports

Women and Leadership

Sports have been highlighted by the United Nations as one of the key contributors to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, namely through the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Many girls in emerging economies are increasingly viewing sports as a pathway out of their current circumstances and as an opening for future alternatives.

Sanyin Siang suggests that the combination of technology, social media and greater female participation in sports will help advance women beyond sports.  During  London 2012, billions of people from across the globe were able to access results, images, and stories from the games (the opening ceremony  itself touched upon the themes of technology and social media) . Women  were able to see other women competing and winning in every sport. These  were the first games in which every participating country sent a female delegate, including pioneering women from nations such as Libya, Brunei, Iraq, Yemen, and Qatar.

So How Can Sport Contribute to Business Leadership?

Playing sport requires mental discipline; it fosters resilience and agility, as well as promoting the social skills and team orientation required by great leaders.  By engaging in, and appreciating sports, women are more likely to experience greater social inclusion in the workplace.

A 2002 Oppenheimer Funds Study further found that 82% of female business executives played organized sports after elementary school, 20% more than the general population. The correlation between participation in sports and success among women can be seen among high-profile leaders:

MD for IMF Christine Lagarde competed in synchronized swimming

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi played cricket

Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld engaged in 4 varsity sports in high school and basketball in college

HP  CEO Meg Whitman playing lacrosse and squash


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DCP Steps Back in Time

DCP takes a look at the history of 70A

Last Summer DCP had the great pleasure and privilege of meeting Fred O’Callaghan. Fred’s family were one of 70 A’s original occupants.  As we showed Fred around 70A (the home he left 7 decades earlier!), he was kind enough to share with us his cherished family memories, some of which have been captured by these incredible photos.


Fred O’Callaghan’s parents wedding reception (now DCP’s front reception room)

James Duffy (1861-1934) Fred’s uncle in DCP gardens pictured with the  antlers of Ireland’s last Elk (from National Museum Dublin)


Fred and family outside the steps at DCP

Another family picture taken outside DCPs frontdoor

Robin Sharma- Leaders Who Have No Titles- Leadership Seminar September 2012

This month DCP had the pleasure of attending one of Robin Sharma’s leadership seminars, where he took the group through a very enjoyable morning of practical tips and the latest thoughts on leading in today’s workplace.


As he outlines in his latest book ‘The Leader Who Had No Title’, Robin believe that we can all be leaders, and it is the ‘bigness of your impact, not the size of your position’ that really sets you apart as a great leader. He shared firsthand how he has worked with his clients (including Coca-Cola, Starbucks and Nike among others) to help them grow through their many and different challenges, to continue to be the world class organisations they are today.


Robin believes that the most successful companies are those who foster a culture where everyone is considered a leader, titles have no impact and each person contributes in their own way to the goals of the organisation. He believes people are at their best in work when they develop the skills that allow them to distinguish between the ‘real work’ and what he calls ‘fake work’, i.e. constant checking of emails, updating blogs and everyday distractions. He offers a number of tips to help people acheive this, and,  increase their productivity doing valuable work so that everyone can contribute to the business in a meaningful and leader-like way.



Some really practical tips he shared with us include:


7 ways to instantly increase your productivity

1. Spend the first 90 minutes of every day focused on money making activities


2. Set yourself the 40 day challenge to get up extra early to focus on what you want to achieve that day, exercise, or read the latest business books in your field, he recommends a 5am start to really make use of the most valuable time of the day


3. Set yourself 3 goals and focus on these exclusively for 100 days; make sure they are ‘game changing’ ideas and make them your obsession


4. Operate a ‘no office’ mentality, Robin recounted how some of his most successful clients avoid the clutter and distraction of a desk and work from their boardroom or meeting rooms


5. Construct a weekly schedule for yourself where you document all your commitments and priorities for the week, he does this on Sunday mornings and includes from family time, time spent on personal interests to travel and work commitments


6. Spend one hour a day with no stimulation- he advocates avoiding your phone/ipad/tv etc during this time, he uses his to catch up on his journal and read


7.  Associate with the giants- spend as much time as you can with successful people and learn everything you can from those you admire


Thanks to the ICBE for organising such a great event.


If you the above has sparked an interest you can find out more on Robin’s website, where he shares his resources including his blog, vlog, free e-book and many more useful and practical articles and thoughts.