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Right Ladder. Right Wall

You may have heard about the person who spent their entire career climbing the corporate ladder only to discover their ladder was up against the wrong wall. Though simple, this illustration highlights a profound question many of us wrestle with. What ultimately motivates us? Obviously career progression will, to some extent, motivate us. But so does making money and achieving success i...

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Learning to ask the right questions

You won't agree with, or like, everything that Levitt and Dubner present in Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, but it does make you wonder if we are asking the right questions at the right time.[1] Sometimes conventional wisdom is more about convenience Levitt and Dubner appeal to the person in the street who doesn't have time to read all of th...

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Why ‘balance’ can be unhealthy when confronted with change

How many times have you heard the word ‘balance’ mentioned the last week or two? Perhaps it was even your own inner yearning! In Margaret Wheatley’s book, Leadership and the New Science, she challenges traditional perspectives on achieving balance, or equilibrium. She shares the following story – The daily news is filled with powerful changes, and many of us feel...

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Why great people join great companies, then leave.

A lot of people are inspired to join an organization only to be uninspired soon after. The global research firm Gallup tells us that fifty percent of Americans, at some stage in their career, have left a job just to escape a manager and improve their overall life. Managers matter. Another Gallup study reveals management accounts for at least seventy percent of variance in employee eng...

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Influence & power: the best story wins

Professor of International Relations at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Joseph Nye looks at two primary types of change in relation to political and economic power.[1] The first, he describes as Power Transition. Literally, how it transfers from one state to another state (e.g. from west to east). The second change he calls Power Diffusion. Simply, how power is moving...

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How does leadership differ across cultures?

Culture significantly influences how the following statements are made, and in particular, how people respond to them. “We should take the initiative” “We should wait until we are asked for help” “This could turn out to be a great political manoeuvre” “Let’s not do anything, as it might be seen as a sign of weakness” “We ...

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Have we lost the art of serving?

I have observed that for many organisations their focus has shifted from serving a need (outward orientation) to serving themselves (inward orientation), sometimes with disastrous consequences. The idea of service can be quite different depending on the organizational context. For businesses, 'service' has more to do with making profit from meeting an identified need in the market pl...

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Finding it hard to transition to something new?

Book Review Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes William Bridges Making sense of life's transitions is not always easy. Okay, let's be honest. Sometimes it is incredibly difficult! We can often experience a range of emotions - hurt, anger, anxiety, fear and many more. Mix in a dose of confusion and disorientation and trying to discover that illusive ‘ne...

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What can be gained from a 'dance of chaos and order'?

In her book, Leadership & the New Science, Margaret Wheatley explores a perspective on leadership rarely heard. Pushing us beyond Sir Isaac Newton’s mechanistic theories of why things work the way they do, Wheatley forces us to think more about the relationship of how things work together in a symbiotic and complementary manner and that the nature of these relationships rarely rema...

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What do I start with -- the best people or the best strategy?

What if I recruit the wrong person? How do I make sure I get a return on my investment and not lose this person to a competitor? Are we ready to recruit someone into this new growth area— or do we need to first make sure we have the strategy bedded down? These are some of the most frequently asked questions I get from leaders in relation to succession planning and the ability to projec...

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