Thought Leadership


Leading In A Business World Full Of Distractions

High performing executives often lament that there are only 24 hours in a day. That's because they're extremely engaged with their business and devoting time, energy and focus to the most critical decisions.
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Ability To 'Read Between The Lines' Becoming A Critical Executive Skill

One of the little things that may make all the difference in terms of sorting the winners from the losers in today's global business climate is an executive's ability to 'read between the lines'. That is, can the individual leader look at a checklist and see what's not written on paper?
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Seeing Who The Candidate Really Is

Everyone looks good in a business suit. And at the executive level, nearly every candidate for a critical leadership role sounds the part. So often, key hiring decisions come down to personality fit, chemistry with the interview team and a hiring manager's assessment of whether he or she could work with the candidate.
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The New Proving Ground For The Chief Executives Of The Future

So many things run in a cycle, and that seems to be the case with many of today's C-Suite leadership roles. Just ask the General Counsel who has become the right hand to the CEO. Or the Chief Financial Officer who is now making all the big-ticket decisions that used to be the exclusive domain of Human Resources. Or the Chief Marketing Officer...
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Time To Take A Stand

Whether your business is on offence or defence, the time has come to cut through all the global economic uncertainty and take a stand. The indecision prompted by fears of economic instability has lingered long enough and paralysed management leadership like never before.
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Fighting For Focus: Leadership In A 140-Character World

Many in the business world will tell you they're busier now - and being pulled in more directions - than at any other time in their careers. Companies continue to do more with less, but the productivity gains that have been generated over the past three years in particular have stretched corporate leaders to well near their breaking point.
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Dispensing With Annual Performance Reviews

Has the time come to ditch the annual performance reviews that have been so globally institutionalised into corporate human resources? There appears a growing realisation that, aside for formalising a ritualistic, once-a-year awkward conversation between business managers and their subordinates..
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The SUCCESSION TRAP

Experience should not be confused with expertise. Many a successful organisation has failed because succession was poorly thought through. By way of example, "shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations" attributed to small, privately-owned organisations is no myth. One piece of research indicates that only one in three family-owned businesses in the US survives from the first to the...
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Sowing The Seeds Of Innovation

What level of autonomy is allowed within your organisation? The answer to that critical question can help any global leader plan for business growth, or a lack thereof, in whatever region of the world, and in any market. That's because the answer to the question will shed light on whether an enterprise has created the right conditions to spark innovation, or if its culture is so rigid as to...
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What Companies Really Need From Their CEOs Now

For many global corporations still challenged by the volatility of world economic markets and increasing competition, the time for getting the very best from the Chief Executive Officer is now. Employers, customers and investors simply can't wait. This is not to say that companies haven't steadily increased the performance expectations on their top leaders in recent years...
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