Self-Awareness – A Foundation Skill for Exceptional Leadership

Gary was a very competent and confident CEO. His people knew he was an expert and would mostly lead them down the right path. That however, didn’t stop them not trusting him.  It didn’t stop good talent from leaving. The reason they didn’t trust Gary was that they felt Gary did not care for them. read more


The Misnomer of Future Proofing

Whenever I hear the expression ‘future proofing’ I shudder with distaste for term. It’s really about innovation, adaptability and influencing. Not becoming immune to or sheltered from the future. Here’s my take on it: You can’t ‘future proof’. The future’s going to happen anyway, mostly beyond your control. If you think you can predict the read more


Is Leadership Dead?

I’ve read people claiming leadership is now dead, and it’s the time of the team. They then go on to promote their expertise in team building. I say “What a load of bull – – it!” At worst, formal leadership may be absent in team, unsatisfactorily replaced by haphazard informal leadership and group-think. Teams need read more


How We Disrupted Executive Hiring

George (name changed), the CEO of one of our clients, rang me and said “David, we’ve got a problem”. Turns out that two of five direct reports to George were proving to be the wrong fit.  They were causing disengagement of talent in their teams and weren’t collaborating with the other three peers, an essential read more


The Story of Two Colleagues Made Redundant

Gary and Kevin came to the insurance company as commerce graduates at the same time.  That was in 2006 when technology was beginning to noticeably impact business. Over a period of ten years they both progressed to the role of managers in their departments, each reporting to a general manager. Both were regarded well by read more