Thought Leadership


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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Admitting Failure (And The Lessons It Provides) A Key Test Of Leadership Capacity

Beware the executive who can't describe their biggest business failures and who doesn't harbour some emotion about them, whether in the form of profound disappointment, frustration, regret or gratitude, perhaps. While it may seem counter intuitive or selfishly counterproductive to any executive being interviewed for what could become his or her next management career opportunity,..
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Tomorrow's Leaders Are Rebuilding High-Performing Teams Today

Today's search for world-class executive talent is also a search for a multiplier-effect that will create a competitive, sustainable business advantage. In human capital and leadership terms, this value premium is achieved first and foremost through senior management executives who recognise the dividends on inspiring peak performance from their teams. American diplomat and Nobel Prize winner...
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Searching For The Agile (And Proven) Leader

Global corporations are looking for a special breed of leader. Strategic priorities for 2011 are framing ever more specialised requirements for new executive hires and the selective upgrading of existing management roles. As global markets continue to distance themselves from economic upheaval, superior executive talent is increasingly seen as an important lever to calibrate investment in new markets, new products and new innovations.
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Helping Executive Job Seekers Get To Where They Want To Go

Where exactly do you want to go? This is the pivotal question for executive job seekers to consider as they attempt to differentiate themselves in the highly competitive waters of management transition these days, and the critical question for prospective employers to establish.
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The Folly Of Mistaking 'Best Available' For Who's Really The 'Best'

For the past couple years, as global companies have tightened their belts, corporate human resources teams have been wise to leverage referrals, social networks, and their own web sites to attract talent and keep recruitment costs low.Today, however, as the global economy continues its slow but steady recovery from the economic tempest and more companies consider their options for growth...
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Why Firing A Misfit Executive Is Nearly As Important As Hiring The Best

Hiring. Firing. Inspiring. The very best global companies are good at all three. Inspiring others is a function of organisational culture, personal character and pure leadership. Yet the more one explores best practices for hiring superior executive leaders, the more appreciates the how the unpleasant business of firing misfit or consistently under performing managers is nearly as consequential on enterprise performance.
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