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The powerful drivers and blockers of leadership

Ian C. Woodward

Exploring the hidden forces that motivate and hinder you can make you a better leader. And when it comes to self-development, the first challenge anyone faces is deepening their self-awareness.

Opening the Johari Window

James M. Kerr

The Johari Window is a technique that can be used to expose an individual’s blind spots and increase self-discovery. It’s also a useful way to improve team performance and encourage breakthrough thinking.

Leading organisations as ecosystems (rather than elephants)

Sharon Olivier

The world isn't predictable, uniform or controllable. So trying to run organisations via planned, top-down programmes dictated by senior leaders is doomed to failure. Instead, we need to start viewing organisations as living eco systems, rather than some sort of machine.

Vital lessons from an eight year old

Wayne Turmel

The most important business lesson I ever learned, I learned at eight years old. And it’s something that is as relevant to all of us today as it was to me as a kid back then.

We all need proper vacations

Peter Vajda

We've said it before and we'll say it again. Everyone needs a proper holiday. Taking real time out from work is a non-negotiable necessity if we're to to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul.

Encouraging innovation in large organizations

John Brooker

Many large organizations have problems with innovation. So unlocking their potential means understanding the key factors that influence innovation and how leadership behavior influences them.

Code is easier than people

Wayne Turmel

Going from being a ‘doer’ to being a manager isn’t easy, because managing others demands interpersonal and communication skills that need to be worked on.

Moving beyond endless debate

Rod Collins

Rather than finding workable solutions to our most intractable problems, we seem to be locked into endless cycles of debate that prevent meaningful action from ever happening.

The Icarus syndrome: flying too close to the sun

Manfred Kets De Vries

The Icarus syndrome, with its signature lack of humility, has felled many leaders who planned grandly but failed miserably. That’s why every leader needs to keep their hubris in check.

How to take expert advice

Wayne Turmel

You could drive yourself crazy trying to follow every piece of advice you get - and often the experts disagree. So how is a rational person supposed to take all this advice without their heads imploding?

Win the war for talent by embracing employee feedback

Jim Barnett

What keeps people excited about coming to work every day isn’t perks or gimmicks, but a sense of purpose. So one of the key jobs as a leader is to foster and maintain this feeling every day of the week.

How firms can avoid the mediocrity trap

Manfred Kets De Vries

Managers who are emotionally insecure or who have a fragile self-esteem face a dilemma when making hiring decisions. That’s why B-players often fail to hire the best people.

Principles before personalities

James M. Kerr

During large-scale reorganizations, discussions can often become heated and turn personal. That's why it's important to keep in mind some techniques to ensure that your teams stay focused on the "why" and the "what" rather than getting bogged down with the "who".

Three scary things that real leaders need to do

Greg Giuliano

If you want to be a leader and not just a boss, you need to stop relying on your title or your position to get people to comply and start to strengthen your connections with others.

Great advice from a sketchy source

Wayne Turmel

Ian Fleming’s James Bond books don’t normally spring to mind as sources of useful management advice. But there’s a line in ‘Goldfinger’ that is actually quite brilliant if you run a remote team.

What's the answer? It depends

David Livermore

I’ve gained a reputation for being the “It depends” guy. When fielding questions during a presentation on cultural intelligence, my default response is “It depends!” Let me explain why.

The creativity success manifesto

Jurgen Wolff

Whether you want to write a best-seller or launch a new business venture, success in any kind of creative endeavour depends on some common factors. Understand these and your chances of hitting the jackpot will be multiplied.

Are your teammates competent?

Wayne Turmel

One of the biggest factors in building trust is believing in the competence of the people you work with. If you work in the same place, that isn’t so hard to do. But if you work remotely, gathering evidence of competence takes more effort.

The essential challenge in times of great change

Rod Collins

In times of great change, business leaders can’t look to the past for guidance. Instead, they need to proactively manage the evolution of their companies and be prepared to innovate when markets shift.

What happens to firms that don’t adopt dominant technologies?

Nathan Furr

Firms that choose the non-dominant technology in an industry shakeout aren’t necessarily dooming themselves to extinction. Remaining open to options is an important part of innovation and they can still pivot, adapt and survive.

The cost of bad meetings

Wayne Turmel

Bad meetings cost companies billions of dollars every year. But this waste is easily avoidable if only we'd all ask ourselves a couple of basic questions and think a little more about how and why we have meetings.

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The cure for the loneliness of command

Manfred Kets De Vries

‘It’s lonely at the top’ is an old cliché, but for many top executives, it’s a harsh reality. Too often, though, this loneliness goes unaddressed as executives try instead to keep up a hero facade.

The transformational leap in healthcare

Rod Collins

Healthcare systems are designed to leverage the individual intelligence of the physician. But that’s all about to change as digitization radically changes the basic rules about the entire healthcare model operates.

Staying on track isn't easy

Wayne Turmel

It's surprising how often teams lose sight of their goals. There are plenty of reasons, and maybe understanding some of the most common will help you and your team reassess where you are headed.

Engaging change: six tips for surviving and thriving

Dan Bobinski

Such is the pace of change today that every day seems to present new challenges and opportunities. So how managers adapt to the changing horizon can make the difference between surviving or thriving.

How regret can be your friend

Manfred Kets De Vries

All of us have made poor choices that we regretted later and felt disappointment or sorrow at what could have been. But regret shouldn’t be seen as a negative - when managed properly, it is a very useful decision-making tool.

Win the war for talent by embracing employee feedback

Jim Barnett

What keeps people excited about coming to work every day isn’t perks or gimmicks, but a sense of purpose. So one of the key jobs as a leader is to foster and maintain this feeling every day of the week.

Why every company is a software company

Rod Collins

Rather than tapes or CDs, most music is now consumed digitally. In other words, music is software. And this is only one of countless examples of software-based platforms replacing physical products as the foundation for sustainable competitive advantage.

Ten ways to shift from founder to leader

Greg Giuliano

Successfully founding a company is a very different to successfully leading it. Some make the shift. Others do not. Missing the turning point or making it too late can cause a company to stagnate or even implode. So how do you avoid this fate?

Ten habits of bad management

Andre de Waal

Too many organizations ignore or tolerate bad management. Yet bad managers will never get optimal results, so their tell-tail traits need to recognized and dealt with. Here are ten classic bad habits to look out for.

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Will Apple be the next Nokia?

Yves Doz

Amid changing consumer tastes and a stunning slowdown in smartphone sales, what does the future hold for Apple and its global tech rivals?

The digital transformation of the firm

Rod Collins

For firms rooted in the 20th century, survival in today's digitized business environment may be determined by how well and how fast their leaders can make the transition to leading horizontal networks.

Trust: the corporate wellness initiative of the future

Manfred Kets De Vries

The wellness industry argues that it is making people feel much happier and healthier and companies invest billions every year to create wellness experiences for their employees. But do these initiatives make any tangible difference, or are they a passing fad?

Five remote team new year's resolutions

Wayne Turmel

The new year is a great time to ask some fundamental questions about how your project team works together and what needs to change. So here are five "resolutions" you should at least consider for your remote team.

Why you need to stop teaching about cultural differences

David Livermore

Far from building real cultural intelligence, teaching people about cultural differences actually leads to stereotyping and perpetuating bias rather than building real understanding.

A Christmas gift that lasts all year round

Fiona Logan

What gift will you give your employees this festive season? Throwing an office party might seem like a nice thing to do, but the gift that will really be appreciated - and is much more lasting - is the gift of leadership.

Thinking about the good things

Duane Dike

Some days, things at work just don’t pan out. But rather than letting this undermine your motivation, it’s worth taking a little time to think about the things that do make your job worthwhile.

Restoring the promise of social media

Rod Collins

Only by embracing the notion that all voices matter and redesigning their algorithms to promote collective intelligence can social media companies start to defuse the state of toxic tribalism that has fractured our social discourse.

Is your organisation a cult?

Manfred Kets De Vries

Many businesses display cult-like characteristics, offering a form of meaning, purpose and belonging but demanding strict adherence to their set of beliefs and swiftly punishing or ostracising those who don’t conform.

Compassion

Duane Dike

Compassion is not typically revered in the corporate world. Bosses are simply supposed to get things done. But if they're not careful, they can become impersonal, non-compassionate and ultimately, non-human.

Social media: how did we get here?

Rod Collins

One of the great ironies of the digital revolution is the environment of toxic tribalism that has been enabled by social media and the collective unconscious blindness it has brought with it.

Three lessons in crisis leadership

Piyumi Kapugeekiyana

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to crisis management. But studying examples of crises that have been handled well can teach us some very valuable coping mechanisms that could help avoid a crisis turning into a disaster.