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Managerial Styles in the Middle East – similarities and differences

A study jointly conducted by a Saudi university with a British university reveals the similarities and the differences in the managerial styles in the Middle East.

The report mentions a pattern of relatively strong reliance on both formal rules and unwritten rules in some countries in the Middle East while others are adopting more modern approaches.

Read more: http://ccm.sagepub.com/content/7/3/275.abstract

Middle East Leadership Style that works

The Hay Group’s study that shows the gap between employees’ ideal working climate and the climate they are actually experiencing day to day reveals:

  • Creating a motivating climate at work can add as much as 30 % to a company’s bottom line
  • Over 85 % of Middle Eastern leaders who create a high performance climate flex their leadership style for different situations
  • 62 per cent of leaders in the region are creating a demotivating climate for employees

The report highlights the issue that in general Middle Eastern leaders are not creating the best climate for success. There is over reliance on a command and control leadership style with 70 % of Middle Eastern leaders using this as a dominant style.

Hay Group has identified the six leadership styles that have the biggest impact on team climate – Coercive, Authoritative, Affiliative, Democratic, Pacesetting and Coaching.

One interesting fact the study reveals is that the authoritative leadership style greatly increases the likelihood of creating a motivating climate and consequently high performance in organisations in the Middle East.

Read more: https://www.haygroup.com/uae/Press/Details.aspx?ID=15095

Change Management and socio-economic and cultural complexities

Here is a case study from Pakistan, documented by Deloitte, showing how Change Management interventions failed since Pakistan’s socio-economic and cultural complexities were not taken into account.
They tried to implement western style education reform program along with western style change management process that did not work.
That is why techniques and interventions that are based on local culture and mindsets are far more likely to be successful.
Read the case study http://www2.deloitte.com/au/en/pages/human-capital/articles/management-large-scale-change-pakistani-education.html

Success, Fulfillment and Happiness in your Business

The power of focusing on a clear vision that is aligned with purpose and values, supported by a massive action plan, leads to higher achievement and greater success. And once the vision is achieved it should lead to more fulfillment and happiness. The next thing is to celebrate success and start paying it forward by sharing your knowledge, skills and wealth with others.

Here is a video by Tony Robbins on How to Focus on what you want  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys4_-eo9Jtk

Here is our interpretation of how Tony’s three points could help business owners. we have added our own experience as well.

  1. Have a Clear and Compelling Vision 

All businesses have a vision for success although the clarity may vary. Clear vision and purpose drive the business and energize the owners and the employees.

Our passion, purpose, values, beliefs and attitude drive us in life. Same is true in our business. The more we stay focused on the big picture, more we stay in control, feel energetic and happier.

As leaders we need to share this vision with our people by translating it into why they should care about it i.e. everyone understands ‘what’s in it for me’ (WIIFM).

There are innovative and highly effective ways that we can share with you on how to create and document clear and compelling vision, purpose, mission, values statements that can become part of your communication and marketing with you clients, suppliers, employees and others who provide services to you. Those innovative ways work better and faster.

  1. Get the best Tools and Resources to achieve your vision

There are tools that help us to manage our processes and projects efficiently and effectively and achieve desired results and outcomes. Project management and change management strategies, processes, tools, techniques help everyone to stay connected with their role in the big picture and the plan, have better communications and reduce conflicts, risks and issues.

There are tried and tested process, project and change management tools and techniques we will share with you on our website http://www.changesuccess.com from time to time to further strengthen your ability to run your projects and your day-today business even more smoothly and better manage people and their expectations.

  1. Manage Conflicts 

But day-to-day things, especially ones we have no control over, distract us and take our focus away, drain our energy and make us feel unhappy. Your colleagues, customers, suppliers may sometimes violate your trust and do not meet your expectations.

Often these situations arise as a consequence of some things that were not done at the beginning such as clearly communicated and understood process, plan, expectations, roles, responsibilities, dependencies, timelines, results and outcomes. What also helps is to identify and mitigate risks and possible issues so there are few (ideally no) surprises later. It is a good practice to document lessons learned, best practices, known risks and issues at the end of each project that helps to better manage the next one.

A life and business coach can help you to achieve better results, resolve problems and conflicts and gain critical life skills to lead a happier life.

Do let us know if I we help you with any challenges. We will share the tools mentioned in this article on the website. Look out in the Change Tools section. Links to some tools are already there.

Have a nice day.

ChangeSuccess

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7 Top Contributors to Change Success by PROSCI

PROSCI asked participants in their benchmarking research studies the same simple question every two years since 1998:

“What has been the single greatest contributor to the success of your change management program?”

Collectively and consistently, participants’ responses point to 7 factors that impact the results of a change initiative. These are the 7 top contributors to change success.

https://www.prosci.com/change-management/thought-leadership-library/top-contributors-to-change-management-success

Why we need Region Specific CM?

We know as CM practitioners that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to CM for all types of change projects.

Same applies to using CM methodologies – we cannot use them without making adjustments to fit the culture.  Attached report shows how large power distance, tendency to avoid uncertainty among other factors impact communication.

Same factors impact the effectiveness of change management.  For example high power distance and avoiding uncertainty results in the change sponsors preferring to be managers maintaining the status quo rather than being change leaders who visibly support the change, remove barriers and take calculated risks.

Here is what the Hofstede research shows for 2 GCC countries:

UAE:  https://geert-hofstede.com/arab-emirates.html

Saudi Arabia: https://geert-hofstede.com/saudi-arabia.html

 

 

Excellent research and report on CM in Projects

Here is an excellent report from Delloitte’ on the impact Change Management makes on projects. The report is region specific. It present the results of their survey of Change Management methods and tools applied in local and foreign companies operating in the Russian Federation. But the challenges and opportunities are very similar to those found in other parts of the world; including the methods and tools that are applicable anywhere in the world.

https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/ru/Documents/human-capital/change_management_in_project_work_survey_results.pdf

The report covers:

  1. Impact of Change Management on Project Effectiveness
  2. Communications in Project Work
  3. Change Management and Corporate Culture

Culture, Change Management and Resistance

Culture, Change Management and Resistance: How an organization’s culture can help or hinder the changes the changes being made.

An excellent article on change change management, culture and resistance to change. https://geert-hofstede.com/tl_files/Culture%20and%20Change%20Management%20huib.pdf

An excellent article on how management can naively believe that when they will tell employees “This is our plan! Now your task is to roll this out in the company” employees will just get on with the tasks needed to make the change happen. But do things really work this way?