Thought Leadership

12 Simple (But Potentially Powerful) Ideas To Get Ahead In Business In 2012

The continuous global news cycle has put information in business leaders' hands as never before, and that's both for the better and, at times, for the worse.

The Power Of Mentoring For Student And Teacher Alike

One of the best measures of a business mentor or coach is the degree to which they stretch their student, and get the student to see themselves with new eyes. If that happens, it can become a very humbling yet highly instructive exercise.

Balancing Risks And Rewards In The Search Of Business Growth

The definition of the word 'partner' refers one quickly to shared risks and rewards. From the pages of history, Shackleton's intrepid team-building stands as an exemplar of this dual-motivation to unrivalled performance and team achievement.

The Search For Leaders And Mentors

One line from the executive's C.V. or resume immediately stood out: "Proven coach and mentor with over 30 direct reports promoted into Account or Field Management." What made it even more remarkable was its place on a statement of qualifications that detailed his turnaround of a retail operation's performance from near the bottom of nearly 1,000 global stores to a standing within its top 10...

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..


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