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December 10, 2013

The Three Root Causes of Corruption

The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index for 2013 lists Australia as equal ninth, with Canada, ahead of Germany, United Kingdom and the United States. Denmark was rated the least corrupt, followed by New Zealand, Finland and Sweden. Notably, Australia actually slipped four points compared to 2012 apparently due to the currency printing prosecution, and NSW […]

December 3, 2013

Keeping Innovation Simple

The drive for higher performance, productivity and sustainability inevitably raises the topic of innovation. I assert that innovation like many other concepts has been made complicated in an effort for the authors to be heard, to help and to stand out. Let's keep it simple for once. Just keep these core principles in mind, experiment, […]

November 28, 2013

Making Accountability Work

“I am holding you accountable for this to be done on time and as agreed, OK?” said the general manager to her direct report. “Sure” was the reply. At the due date and time the direct report said “I’m sorry but there were too many other interruptions that were of immediate priority. I’ll have it […]

November 26, 2013

The Elephant in the Boardroom

There it was. This great grey amorphic beast filling all the gaps around the boardroom table, spilling over the table and into their documents. The board themselves were tainted with its grey tones. It was no wonder the C-level team believed they “managed” the board. The elephant hunter was called in to deal with it. […]

November 19, 2013

Employee Engagement Programs Are Farcical

The moment I hear someone say “Our employee engagement program” I have to contain my mirth. All the research with scientific rigor points to employee engagement being a product of leadership engagement where the leaders ensure that the organisation’s environment and culture are both functional and attractive. That is not a “program” – that’s simply […]

November 14, 2013

Dealing with Conflict - The Leader's Challenge

Rated by many leaders as one of their major concerns, conflict within the organisation causes them loss of sleep, stress and frustration. Conflict between direct reports; conflict about which values must be compromised or prioritised; conflict between directors and the executive – they are constant and troublesome. The leader’s sense of responsibility and concern about […]

November 12, 2013

Our Leadership Deficit

We lack effective leadership. A perfect storm is brewing. The failure of money; the never-ending clash of religions; the impact of technology; climate change; population growth; the failure of politics, just to identify a few. I have no doubt that we will come through this turbulence, but not without effective leadership. The internet is both […]

November 7, 2013

Rapidly Earn Trust and Respect

As a newly appointed leader, you have an obligation to earn trust and respect prior to being effective as the leader. The quicker you do that the quicker you can become effective. You won’t gain it quickly by being a know-it-all hero. You won’t gain it quickly by becoming popular. You’ll gain it by being […]

November 5, 2013

An Essential Task for Leaders

Leaders have so much to think about and do, more so these days than ever before. The biggest challenges are still around people. People are more mobile, expect more and can actually do more – provided they are effectively inspired, become motivated and are well developed. This then becomes an essential, if not the most […]

October 31, 2013

What Doesn’t Create Employee Engagement

I’m dismayed at the shallow attempts to improve employee engagement with gimmicks. I expect that employees are or will be too. Here’s a partial list: Employee satisfaction surveys that are looked at then filed and no further meaningful action taken. Regular streams of one way “communication” about the business coming from head office. “Happy Fridays” […]

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