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What does Intel’s powerful microchip have in common with the Volkswagen Beetle?

Heavy fog found me sitting in a crowded lounge at Sydney Airport when Tony and Carlo asked if they could join me at my table. After we had introduced ourselves, our conversation surprisingly turned to the anxiety many young people experience in relation to career choices and the future of work. This quickly led to a discussion on the pace and pervasiveness of change. Ray Kurzweil, Director o...

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What one decision can you 'do' that will transform your day?

In my role I get to have lots of conversations with leaders, and over the last few weeks it is clear that there is often a huge gap between making a decision and implementing it. Inherently, I think most leaders know this to be true when it comes to driving their businesses forward to greater success and managing the tension between strategy and execution. It is amazing, however, how many...

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

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 and am still amazed that many do not believe there is a l...

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How the dance of chaos and order can unleash new ideas

In Leadership & the New Science, 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 where relationships are rarely static. This challenges our preconceive...

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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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Making 'reflection' a core leadership practice

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...

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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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Ancient wisdom affirms the importance of character to leadership

All of us, at some point, have been frustrated at the ineptitude of some leaders, especially when their actions reveal an attitude of ‘what’s in it for me?’, or when self-preservation is clearly the goal no matter how it affects others. A discussion on character, or values, may not be as riveting as the latest sales techniques, marketing strategies, or innovative product id...

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"Dad how come you're not successful anymore?"

These words cut me to the core. I am not sure my 13-year old son, Ryan, fully appreciated the power of those words as they blew away all pretence and laid my heart open and bleeding. It was a real struggle trying to find the words to describe ‘success’ in a way that would make sense to a young boy growing up in a world where success was all about having a nice home, driving an ex...

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