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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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Overcoming the obstacles of interruption and speed

Interruptions get in the way of productivity no matter what size the organisation is. In 2006, Dr. André Martin conducted research on a sample of 800 leaders and identified four global trends.[i] In The Risk of Collaboration we addressed the first two: ‘The Ground Truth of Globalization’ and ‘The Rise of Complex Challenges’. The third trend was The World of ...

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Narcissistic leaders and the bottom-line

In a series of narcissism studies, Professor Alex Frino, Dean of the Macquarie School of Management, concluded that "there was a clear correlation between the level of CEO narcissism and the company’s use of ‘earnings management’ – a technique which takes advantage of the flexibility in accounting rules to inflate profit figures.”[i] The more narcissistic...

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If you want to lead, you've got to read

Recently, I was in a meeting with a CEO who expressed concern that he no longer had time to read. “I’ve read more books on leadership than most, and they all say the same thing.” However, I discovered that the reason he had no time to read, was that it simply wasn’t a priority. While it’s impossible to remember everything you read, there are nearly always insigh...

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Deconstructing character

All of us, at some point, have been frustrated at the ineptitude of some leaders. This is especially true when their actions have revealed an overt attitude of ‘what’s in it for me?’, or self-preservation, at the expense of others. This frustration only increases when we have a perception that nothing can be done to address the lack of character shown by the people in leade...

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The failure of success

When working as an executive in the U.S, I experienced the early, unsettling days of the Global Financial Crisis that began in 2008/09. I saw the collapse of the housing market, severe falls on Wall Street, companies letting go thousands of employees, and many major financial institutions filing for bankruptcy or being acquired by those in a stronger position. Headlines were dominated by the...

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Responding to organizational decline from the inside

One issue that has remained constant over the years is that of dealing with organizational decline from the inside. Growing frustration with the lack of accountability and poor performance by leaders has led to a significant loss of talent for organizations, often bringing into question the organization’s goals and method of achieving the desired results – not only by the consume...

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''How' you communicate affects 'what' you communicate

Donald DePalma describes the Internet as similar to “discovering the Eighth Continent,” because it – “…confounds legislators and cultural purists worldwide who do not know what to make of the Web-based globalization phenomenon that threatens to make their geographic, political, economic, and cultural boundaries almost meaningless.”[i] Of course, th...

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Humility for leaders is not enough

“Egos drive people in every occupation.”[i] But when humility is absent, leaders lose the ability to listen and focus on what is important. Jim Collins describes the resulting behaviors as “arrogant neglect”. When these behaviors exist, organizations enter the first stage of organizational decline.[ii] In his research comparing ‘good to great’ compani...

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