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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Which comes first, success or happiness?

Book Review 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...

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