Thought Leadership

Strategy vs. Culture

Many corporate leaders are now indicating that their approach to corporate strategy and business planning has changed significantly in the last 5 years. We suspect that there are more changes to come. In recent conversations more than a few execs have shared that 5 and 10 year business plans really no longer make sense.

Now It's Time To Grow

Business executives have spent a lot of time thinking over the past four years. Actually, in retrospect, much of it was worrying, analysing and anguishing over difficult decisions forced by challenging economic realities and an overabundance of uncertainty and fear.

Taking Stock Of A Seriously Overworked Team

In response to the global recession and in recognition that new job opportunities were scarce, business leaders at a number of levels began digging in, shouldering more responsibilities and focusing only on the short-term. It was, after all, a fight for survival - for companies and careers.

Why Gratitude And Humility Are The Ingredients For Executive Fulfillment

The Roman philosopher and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero (born in 106 B.C.) observed, "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." If any accomplished business executive takes a few short moments to consider their good fortune, he or she may recognise that all they are and all they have are gifts bestowed by and through the kindness, generosity, teaching...

Why Leadership Today Is A Matter Of Perspective

Leonardo da Vinci changed our world through his work. The Italian Renaissance painter, mathematician, sculptor, scientist and all-around genius laid both the mechanical and theoretical groundwork for a multitude of human discoveries in the decades and centuries following his death in 1519.

Judging The Quality Of Executive Management

Financial analysts were among the first to express interest in a rating system for the quality of a public company's senior executive management. Governance observers and activist shareholders won't be the last. As free-market influence continues to shift from institutions to individuals and from manufacturers to end-user consumers, investors and market watchers are tracking..

The Art Of Engaging With Every Personality Type

One of the delicate balancing acts required of senior management leaders is juggling the need to engage with lots of different people and personality types across the enterprise whilst not compromising what the leader - and the organisation - truly stand for. As new technology continually multiplies the ways individuals can express themselves...

A Shared Agenda For Leaders In Sports And Business

When a certain sports executive recruited from one team to another team was introduced to the media in his new home city, he quickly shared a simple plan to turn around an under-performing team and make it a contender.

The Transformative Power Of Inquiry

The late and legendary management guru Peter Drucker once observed: "The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell. The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask." The implications of that simple yet profound statement are innumerable.

The Importance Of Taking Relationships "Off-Script"

We've all heard it before. Change is a constant. Yet in today's global business environment, the pace of change can invigorate business potential or run you over. When faced with the risks and opportunities presented by change, leaders naturally tend to leverage relationships for the insights and answers that can help them navigate the road ahead.


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