Thought Leadership


How Succession Uncertainty Impacts Performance

There is always a cost associated with uncertainty. That is especially true when it comes to today's global organisations and any lack of preparedness and clarity when it comes to management succession. Few lines of conversation spread across a global business enterprise faster than questions and whispers about who's going to assume the leader's role.
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Levelling The Playing Field For Women Leaders

The corporate status quo simply isn't working for women leaders. The lingering inequity for the most senior of female global executives moved Norway to require at least 40 percent of public company boards members to be women. The disparity of compensation between men and women in the same roles has once again begun to creep into the American political dialogue as presidential candidates assess...
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Time Management More Important For Global Executives

The pressures of global leadership continue to escalate. Every day, they demand more from senior corporate leaders. They require more in terms of technical understanding, market savvy and competitive intelligence. And they take more from leaders who can only accomplish so much in a day.It is for these reasons that effective time management has risen dramatically on the needs list...
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Drawing The Line On Personal Conduct

A significant body of organisational research affirms how esprit de corps (that sense of unity and commitment to a task or cause) and camaraderie (the comradeship or fellowship developed between peers and colleagues) preordains team performance. There is even some suggestion, that the level of personal intimacy - right the grateful pat on the shoulder, the frequency of thanking others...
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Time For A Talent Assessment

Global executives with lots to do and real pressures to perform would be well served to take some time out from day-to-day firefighting tasks to assess the quality and sustainability of their current team...before it's too late. The competition for executive talent is escalating. Pressure on compensation is rising, along with expectations among the most sought-after candidates...
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The Resilient Executive

Many global executives get singled out for a promotion to a new leadership role each year because of the experience they've gained, the companies they've worked for and of course their performance in the management functions they've attended.Some are tapped - perhaps for the Chief Executive Officer's seat or an appointment to a Non-Executive Board chair - due to their exceptional reputation...
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The Data-Driven Decision Maker

Some global leaders credit a hunch, others cite an epiphany on the road to achieving another goal. Still others point to guts, character, intestinal fortitude or even a sense of desperation for leading them to some of the best decisions of their careers, however each of us can also recall those times when a mountain of evidence and the most careful calculated analysis led us down the path...
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Going Beyond Corporate Profits

A new and emerging breed of global Chief Executives is ushering in a populist sentiment that speaks to the mission statements of today's 21st Century corporations:The very best companies care about more than just profits.At a time when so many organisations are focused on measuring everything and making the most of big data to drive financial decisions, some are questioning whether...
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The Payback on Executive Coaching

Lots of global leaders these days are finding a unique form of value in their relationship with an executive coach. Not despite but rather because these talented leaders bring years of experience to their current corporate management roles, they understand that the right executive coach can help them uncover strategic blind spots and focus on what's most important for their enterprises as well...
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How A Managed Sense of Humour Helps

Humour is a lot of things. It's a reflection of our true self. It's a business tool used to earn trust, to lighten the mood of tense negotiations, and to bring some level of fun or even humility to a difficult or vexing discussion. Humour can help you clinch an important business deal or put a personal point on a telling story. But humour can also be misinterpreted. This suggests, particularly...
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