Thought Leadership


Leadership lessons from the 2014 World Cup

"If there is a difference between management and leadership it is that managers make money and leaders leave a legacy. Executives who thrive, those whose memory survives - deliver both."
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Finding The Time To Do Great Work

One of the markers of an exceptional executive career and a steady move up the organisational ranks is a weekly calendar populated by all sorts of meetings, requests for your time and overtures from people inside and outside your four walls. The challenges of executive leadership in our times not only demand our best, but they demand often inordinate amounts of our time - quickly filling up days..
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Pushing Beyond Artificial Boundaries

Somewhere deep within the recesses of our minds are those vexing voices that tell us we can't do something, it would be unwise to try a new course, or to experiment with something we fear or don't understand. Certainly, these play a purpose in keeping us safe and out of harm's way. Yet when it comes to pursuing important business and career objectives or even surmounting a tough personal...
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The Special Chemistry Of Winning Teams

Some things in life simply can't be done alone. Witness, for example, the combination of grit, determination, hustle and selflessness required to move a football down the pitch, around a bevy of talented defenders and then past a world-class goalkeeper as some of the world's best athletes are doing now as part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil...
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Keeping Compensation In Perspective

The steady escalation of global executive salaries - particularly those for Chief Executive Officers of high-profile global corporations - continues to be the focus of increasing scrutiny from shareholders, employees, politicians and activist groups. So what have we learned from the debate? And what are its implications for global business leaders? We've learned that companies' brands...
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Checking Our Assumptions At The Door

There is an old saying about assumptions that effectively describes the folly of our unique, individual biases. The older we get, it seems, the more firmly rooted many of us are in the core beliefs that have guided us for years.Our exposure to people, to work environments and to a variety of dynamic organisational situations has given most of us the opportunity for serious reflection about what...
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How To Make Others Want To Follow You

The remarkable, recently deceased African-American poet laureate Maya Angelou once said that when anyone looks back on our lives, no one will remember what we did and no one will remember what we said. But the one thing they will remember is how we made them feel. There's a very important, foundational lesson therein for today's global executive leaders...
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We're All Becoming Technology Executives

The Chief Information Officer or Chief Technology Officer is no longer the only technology executive on your company's leadership team. Just take a look around you - or in the mirror, these days - and you'll find others whose role, responsibilities and performance are now unalterably tied to the promise and impact of technology across the enterprise.
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Investing In The Right People

To achieve what's next for your organisation, it's going to require the right investments. There are a lot of options to choose from - particularly at a time when competing interests and mounting global competition is raising the stakes on every strategic decision about your business...
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Committing To What We Believe

It's interesting to learn just how many leadership lessons intersect at the crosswords of just two words: "belief" and "success." Push aside most everything you find useful and inspiring in the words of some of the world's best known leaders, and you're left with their foundational observations that before committing time, money and resources to any lofty objective, we must first start by...
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