Thought Leadership


5 Qualities Of Enduring Companies

When we step back and view the business landscape, it's hard to come up with more than a handful of companies that have been around and been profitable for 30, 40, 50 or even a 100 years. IBM certainly comes to mind. At times IBM has been an innovation leader and has been able to survive and thrive. Thomas Watson Sr., legendary CEO of IBM is known for many famous quotes that include "It is bett
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Is Your On-boarding First Class?

Welcome to your new home away from home. Thanks for signing all those forms, here's your personal ID and a badge. Now I'll escort you to your space and later somebody will come by to drop off supplies. Over there is where we eat, to the right are several common areas and the parking lots are in the back. You do know we're meeting up front at 11:00, right? Well, here we are.
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Measuring Executive Effectiveness

There are lots of simple reasons why any organisation should measure executive effectiveness. There's just no clear consensus on how to do it. Should one look only at recent financial results or share price as indicators of a leader's impact on the enterprise, say in the case of a Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer?
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Taking Stock Of Enterprise Competitiveness

Too many global managers are managing by the numbers. As a result, their behaviours are being ruled by the same measures of short-term financial returns. Today's global leaders, however, see beyond quarterly profits and operating margins. Rather than be held hostage to financial indicators, they are instead focused on the things that will sustain their organisations over the long term.
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Your Company Is Only As Good As Its Human Resources Function

Business leaders charged with growing the enterprise or changing its strategy and culture would be well served to invest more time really getting a handle on their Human Resources function, how it operates and how its influencing enterprise competitiveness. Far too often, it seems, global executives overanalyse the impact of strategic planning, branding and sales when assessing recent financial...
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Welcome to Talent 4.0

Less hype than Samsung's recently launched Galaxy S4, but I guarantee Talent 4.0 will have a more profound impact on its respective constituency. Bigger, faster, stronger - both of these "next generations" mark an irrevocable progression in the competitive marketplace. With Talent 4.0, corporate America encounters a revitalising perspective as well as a dangerous ultimatum.
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Why Do You Really Want The Business?

Chances are, your company or someone on your team is chasing a particular piece of business because the target is a well-known, global and/or growth-minded organisation and because adding them to your company's client list would do great things for the enterprise, not to mention your career.
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Building Your Legacy One Day, One Decision At A Time

How will you be remembered? Few questions delve deeper into global leaders' emotions, self-identities and ambitions. Few inquiries beg the kind of reflection that's required of each of us to sort our personal and professional priorities. It's been said that time is the harshest critic. The older we get, the more we can appreciate the truth in that simple statement.
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Developing An Eye For Talent

American radio broadcaster Bob Edwards had it right when he observed, "People are always ready to admit a man's ability after he gets there." Particularly in today's media-influenced world, we can each point to a multitude of examples of how someone successful enough to become chief executive of a major global corporation...
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Productivity and Positivity Are Keys To Reaching Your Goals

Lingering economic challenges and lacking corporate resources are enough to frustrate even the best-laid business plans - and the best global leaders. Yet that reality is nothing new to executives the world over who've faced difficult challenges - perhaps defining or redefining ones - during the course of the past five years as economic uncertainty and fear have combined to reduce management...
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