The Alliance: Managing Talent in a Networked Age
Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh; Harvard Business Review Press, 2014
A business without loyalty is a business without long-term thinking. A business without long-term thinking is a business that’s unable to invest in the future. And a business that isn’t investing in tomorrow’s opportunities and ...
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work.
Shawn Achor, 2011.
We think: If I just get that raise, or hit that next sales target, I’ll be happy. If I can just get that next good grade, I’ll be happy. If I lose that five pounds, I’ll be happy. And so on. Success first, happiness second. The only problem is that...
A Brief Guide to Ideas
William Raeper and Linda Edwards (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1997).
Many of our great philosophers and theologians over the years have wrestled with the notion that, at our core, it is our beliefs, assumptions and behaviours that influence our decisions—what we believe about the world, others, and ourselves is reflected in every dec...
What powers your growth and profit?
GROW: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s 50 Greatest Companies
Jim Stengel, 2011
The better you understand the people most important to your business’s future, the more you can stand for something fundamentally important in their eyes and the closer you can come to being an indispensable part of the...
Returning from a global leadership intensive with participants from Africa, Asia and the U.S, I couldn’t help but notice how challenging it can be to invest adequate time reflecting on our current role, what has contributed to it the most, and what continues to shape the way we make decisions, set goals, and mobilize others.
By doing this we often overlook the significance of key conne...
In 2004, I accepted a VP role for an organization that was expanding globally, and as a result, I was overwhelmed by the number of meetings I was expected to attend!
Frustrated with endless meetings and the lack of decision-making and productivity, it became obvious to me that we didn’t always have the right people in the room, and how this often undermined the outstanding ability of o...
There are some excellent reasons why having an experienced leadership coach can be beneficial—
They coach from areas of strength that may not be areas of strength for you
They are an objective sounding board that brings significant experience
They give you the opportunity to confide in a person with whom there is no conflict of interest
Empirical research into the outcomes ...
After nearly 20 years as an executive, my season ended differently than I had expected. My identity and reputation had revolved around my role and effectiveness as a leader. What now?
Some people view their transition experience as traumatic or confusing; they don’t see that it is much more. Charles Taylor, a Canadian philosopher, describes this attitude in his epic work, A Secular Age...
The economic downturn of 2009 led to unprecedented challenges in global competition that created high levels of anxiety and uncertainty. This significantly affected stakeholder expectations that resulted in organizations tightening their budgets and standards of governance.
As companies tried to do more with less, employees were being asked to carry more load and stress in the midst of decli...