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April 17, 2014

Lying Is the Top Issue Challenging Leaders

I’ve seen fantastic lists of challenges that leaders face, ranging from acquiring more revenue to retaining talent. What I haven’t seen on the list is the one thing that could make all the difference. In fact I believe it is the top challenge we face as leaders. Let me give you three examples. I reviewed […]

April 15, 2014

Top Tier Leadership’s Five Pairs of Pillars

CEOs, business owners or any top tier leader of any organisation, community, institution or government must have five specific pairs of pillars in order to be effective. Any other attribute they may have is a bonus, but without the particular pairs of pillars they are deficient as top tier leaders. These pairs of pillars are: […]

April 10, 2014

The Best Quick and Useful 360 Degree Feedback Review

I recently saw a client’s 360 degree review compiled by direct reports, peers and seniors. Because my client is a leader the focus of the review was obviously leadership. There were 60 questions split amongst the components of leadership. It took the people providing the feedback about 90 minutes to complete the questionnaire. The nature […]

April 8, 2014

Emotional Intelligence or Attitudinal Competence?

Ever since Daniel Goleman published his 1985 book Emotional Intelligence – why it can matter more than IQ – a debate has raged over the value and importance of emotional intelligence without resolution. Wikipedia carries this definition: Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and […]

April 3, 2014

Getting from Boardroom Thinking to Desired Results

The gap between strategy coming from the boardroom and actual execution is still too wide. The only three causes of the gap are Fear, Habits and Ignorance. We are not inclusive in our planning because we fear being vulnerable, or that we may be challenged, or misunderstood. We forget that every worthwhile decision causes a […]

April 1, 2014

How to Deal with the Most Difficult Interview Question “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

I’ve just seen Bernard Marr’s slideshare answer to this dilemma. With full respect to Bernard’s expertise, I disagree with some of his suggestions. We all have weaknesses, both professional and personal. The conscientious interviewer is aware of his or her own too. The question is difficult because it causes us to become fearful of a […]

March 27, 2014

The Price of Pride

We are taught to be proud of our heritage, our nation, our community, our education, our job, our house, car,... .etc. It is the most effective of control techniques. Most of us are driven by the need to be seen to be “happy” “successful” “having the latest, the best” “beautiful” “on this track” “sharing this […]

March 25, 2014

The Number One Rule in Growing Your Business

Even though we have other rules such as Money, Market, Process and Measurement , the first rule is this: Hire the Right People for the Right Role the First Time. That also means this: Do Not Fill the Position Unless the Person is the Right Person. The temptation to make a choice based on selectors’ […]

March 20, 2014

To Maximise or Optimise Profits?

John A was the CEO of the tightly held public listed company. The biggest external shareholder was a smallish superannuation fund with 9%. The remainder were 187 loyal investors who held on to their shares and between them held 43% of the share capital. The founder held the rest. The company’s shares were rarely traded. […]

March 18, 2014

Is Your Strategic Planning Process Inclusive?

The gap between strategy and outcome is often too great, isn’t it? When we speak of the strategic planning process we include implementation and execution, don’t we? If not then we are creating the first opportunity for the dreaded gap. However, we don’t need everyone involved in strategy to be involved in execution. We just […]

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