Revolution in B2B retail: from perfume to platform economy

David Dubois | 20 May 2019

In the digital age, where consumers and brands are connected like never before, B2B retailers need to embrace new business models and pivot into platforms.

Key skills for virtual leaders

Wayne Turmel

Leading a virtual team is a tough call, so here are seven key behaviors that leaders of virtual teams need to develop to be successful.

All new ideas are made of old ideas

Max McKeown

In the same way nature has mixed and remixed matter to arrive at our current universe, mankind has mixed and remixed ideas to arrive at our current society. So if we want to make the future better, we need to look for new combinations of old ideas.

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.

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.

From the archive

Morale: a moving target

Duane Dike

What we think we know about morale is probably wrong, especially the black and white notion that morale is either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Like most human feelings, morale is a moving target, which is why being sensitive to its nuances is such a key skill for leaders.

Dan Bobinski

Behaviors that increase productivity

Dan Bobinski

Ask people what they do to stay productive and you'll get a variety of answers. So recently, I decided to contact some folks whom I believe to be productive and ask what they did to maximize their productivity. Here are some of their responses. See if any of these appeal to you.

James M. Kerr

The power of project reviews

James M. Kerr

There are few better ways to engage staff in business transformation than to institute a project review panel process. Done right the benefits will be seen not just at the project level, but on the overall employee engagement front, too.

Jon Denoris

Is your wellness program sick and tired?

Jon Denoris

Many employers feel duty-bound to offer some sort of "wellness" program. But many of these are stale, predictable and ineffective. So here's a strategy to refocus and re-energize both your progam and your people.

Janet Howd

On the origin of specious presentations

Janet Howd

The business of presentation is uniquely positioned to continue unabated despite the recession. Because valuable ideas now fly round the world whether or not their originator flies with them.

Earlier opinion

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.

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.