Thought Leadership


Why Your Employer Brand Matters

The proliferation of social media has made it very easy for people to rant about terrible bosses, describe a 'day in the life' of their job, and share their views about what it's really like to work for their employer. On the one hand, these ubiquitous communications help job seekers filter which companies they'd like to work for, and which they'd rather not...
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What Change Management Means For Executive Management

It's already very likely that he pace of global business change has outpaced your organisation's ability to adapt, flex and remain agile in the face of foundational threats and opportunities.It is for this reason that change management and innovation are rising up to or near the top of the corporate priorities list and becoming mandates for any business leader wondering about how to make...
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The Importance Of Asking 'Why?'

The pursuit of better business performance and innovation naturally leads us to lots of questions. Yet few are as probing and disruptive as 'Why?' The reason is that getting to the true motivations behind the corporate status quo - often revealing personal agendas and preferences rather than what's good for the enterprise - can help us understand the best way forward, and often, an entirely...
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Investing In People

Some of the most important investments you can make today have nothing to do with strategy, marketing or technology. Rather, they are what might appear routine decisions about the internal transfer and promotion of some of your most promising business unit managers, expatriates and up-and-coming or 'next generation' leaders. The challenge for global business executives is gaining the enterprise...
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Great Leaders Don't Let Little Things Get In The Way

Don't sweat the small stuff, and it's all small stuff. That's the title of a wonderful little, best-selling book by the late Richard Carlson, Ph.D., and also a tremendous recipe for the kind of balance today's global business leaders need to hold onto their moral compass, energy and sanity in times of tremendous change and market disruption.
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How Much Is Your Business Really Worth?

One of the ways business owners can get a sense for the business climate is to track the number of times potential investors, business partners and others raise this elemental but likewise penetrating question: "Just how much is your business worth?" Perhaps more pointedly, it might be wise for global business leaders to think about how much their businesses are worth in this business...
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5 Qualities Of Enduring Companies

When we step back and view the business landscape, it's hard to come up with more than a handful of companies that have been around and been profitable for 30, 40, 50 or even a 100 years. IBM certainly comes to mind. At times IBM has been an innovation leader and has been able to survive and thrive. Thomas Watson Sr., legendary CEO of IBM is known for many famous quotes that include "It is bett
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Is Your On-boarding First Class?

Welcome to your new home away from home. Thanks for signing all those forms, here's your personal ID and a badge. Now I'll escort you to your space and later somebody will come by to drop off supplies. Over there is where we eat, to the right are several common areas and the parking lots are in the back. You do know we're meeting up front at 11:00, right? Well, here we are.
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Measuring Executive Effectiveness

There are lots of simple reasons why any organisation should measure executive effectiveness. There's just no clear consensus on how to do it. Should one look only at recent financial results or share price as indicators of a leader's impact on the enterprise, say in the case of a Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer?
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Taking Stock Of Enterprise Competitiveness

Too many global managers are managing by the numbers. As a result, their behaviours are being ruled by the same measures of short-term financial returns. Today's global leaders, however, see beyond quarterly profits and operating margins. Rather than be held hostage to financial indicators, they are instead focused on the things that will sustain their organisations over the long term.
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