Can you ignore your weaknesses?

Mike Roarty | 26 Feb 2015

Sometimes the best thing to do about a weakness is simply to ignore it. That might sound counter-intuitive, but if we explore the notion of strengths-focused leadership, the reasons quickly become apparent.

How stress impacts decision-making

Myra White

Corporations do an admirable job of perpetuating the idea that they run on reason and that their executives are immune the emotional factors that impair the thinking of lesser mortals. But they're not. They're just as susceptible to stress as everyone else and equally prone to making hasty, ill-conceived decisions in the heat of the moment.

Leadership and the beauty principle

Michael Jones

For Steve Jobs, Apple's products had to be beautiful as well as functional. His pursuit of beauty highlights that while power may inspire the mind of a leader, it is beauty that inspires their soul, grips the imagination and inspires what needs to get done.

Is the problem cultural or something else?

David Livermore

Cross-cultural communication can be fraught with difficulties. And few things demonstrate cultural intelligence more strongly than being able to tell when a problem is cultural and when it’s not - and then deciding how to respond.

Leadership is a verb, not a noun

Duane Dike

Whichever way we look at workplace culture, critical elements such as productivity, job satisfaction and personal responsibility all boil down to one factor: boss behavior. Without knowledgeable and empathetic leaders, healthy cultures, work environments and systems can’t exist.

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Remember those resolutions you made?

Jurgen Wolff | 09 Feb 2015

Less than two months into the year and the chances are that the resolutions you made on Jan 1 are already distant memories. But if you want to avoid making the same resolutions again next year, here’s a simple, four-step process to get you back on track.

Let me spell this out for you

Janet Howd

In a world of instant access to ideas and information, isn’t it time that we acknowledged that English spelling - the code we use to write down our thoughts - is well past its sell by date?

Win big with integrated performance measurement

James M. Kerr

Why do so many businesses measure staff performance after the fact? Metrics ought to be produced as a direct by-product of doing the work, giving you time to make mid-course adjustments. Get it right and your business results will sky-rocket.

Soil, growth and the art of conversation

Michael Jones

Like seeds, ideas can only germinate when conditions are right. And while most organizations aren’t short of ideas, they’re much less adept at enriching the soil to enable these ideas grow. What builds this soil is conversation. But not all conversations are the same.

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News & Ideas

Female CFOs reduce corporate tax evasion

Men and women make ethical decisions differently, new study finds

Does your face fit?

It seems you really can tell what sort of person someone is by studying the shape of their face

Who benefits from buyouts?

Institutional buyouts often lead to job losses, wage cuts and reductions in productivity

Big data the hot skill for 2015

Companies are clamoring for big data and cyber-security gurus

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Interviews

Inspiring engagement through the power of stories

The gap between having a vision and inspiring others to help you achieve it is common to every business leader. Dawna Jones talks to Guido Palazzo, professor of business ethics at HEC Lausanne, about how stories can help you communicate your vision

Who's afraid of the science of shopping?

Whether it's personalised bill-boards, talking windows or mobile phones that know what product we're looking at in a store, the future of shopping has already arrived. And as we hear in this interview with Dr David Lewis, the neuro-psychologist who invented the science of shopping, that's only the beginning.

James Kerr and the executive checklist

Author and management consultant, James Kerr, talks about his latest book, The Executive Checklist, and explains how making the business world simpler can help leaders improve the ways in which they guide and shape their organizations.

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