Thought Leadership


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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Leading Effectively When There Simply Isn't Enough Time To Effectively Lead

If you're like most executives these days, your cup runneth over. That is, demands on your time and for your time, attention and energy have reached a fever pitch and there never seems to be enough time in the day to attend to every pressing priority.
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Effectively Managing The Most Influenced Business Process

Most corporate boards make two critical mistakes when it comes to CEO succession. First, their boards fail to make it a continuous point of discussion, and so it devolves into a reactive, episodic exercise that typically excludes any semblance of creativity, risk-taking and inclusion. Second, they fail to understand that CEO succession is the business process most subject to internal and external influence, politics, ego and reputation building.
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Management Chemistry Requires Individual Ego And Team Humility

The business world is full of stories of executive management egos run amok.But countering tales of leadership hubris is the simple notion that one's self-esteem or feeling of self-importance can be a positive influence on personal and team performance. That is, ego can be an internalize motivator of superior performance if it's held in check and balanced with humility and recognition that...
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The (Often Unrealised) Benefits Of Executive Coaching

Like a lot of things in life, the value of executive coaching often isn't realised until something - or, more literally, someone - goes off the tracks. Sure, we've all met executive coaches at cocktail receptions and business dinners and purely social events over the years,..
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