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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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Adapting to change in an age of acceleration

Heavy fog found me sitting in a crowded Sydney airport lounge recently, when two men asked if they could join me at my table. It’s very hard to say “no” when there are three seats and you’re the only one the sitting there! As Tony, Carlo and I introduced ourselves our conversation surprisingly turned to anxiety, especially anxiety in young people and students related ...

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What do leaders do when their values are in conflict with the organizations they lead?

While 95 percent of the eighty Board Chairs, CEOs, executives and senior leaders who responded to LCP's 2018 Global Leadership Survey agreed there is a link between character and performance, we asked them how they responded when there was a conflict between their own personal values and those of the organization? They are grouped into three dominant themes: 1. Resignation 27 perce...

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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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Are we really surprised to find a link between character and performance?

What comes to mind when you consider the brands above? In the 2018 LCP Global Leadership Survey, we asked 134 Board Chairs, CEOs, executives and senior leaders to respond to a short survey exploring their thoughts on this topic. Apart from my own leadership experiences in seeing the importance of this relationship over the last 25 years, I have extensively researched this topic since 2010...

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How can I improve my decision making?

You make thousands of decisions every day—ranging from smaller, insignificant ones, to those of great importance. But have you ever stopped to think about how you make decisions? Why is it that some leaders find it easier to make certain decisions than you do? When you are confronted with a difficult decision, do you go with your instinct or do you seek consensus or approval from other...

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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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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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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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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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