How to increase collaboration when people don’t want to collaborate

The business case for collaboration is clear The pace of societal and technological change makes the ability to collaborate with peers and partners imperative. Organisations and individuals that try and do otherwise will not survive. 90% of the information in the world today has been generated in the last two years. Hoarding data or expecting … Continue reading How to increase collaboration when people don’t want to collaborate

Four reasons not to care what Google have learned about good management

It’s that time of year again. Google, one of the world’s biggest and most profitable companies, has published what it has learned about good management. As per previous years, this has generated lots of excitable commentary about what we in turn can learn from the hyper-successful company. And as per previous years, it’s a pointless … Continue reading Four reasons not to care what Google have learned about good management

Israel Folau and the trouble with bringing your whole self to work

Israel Folau’s recent dismissal as a result of his provocative tweets has generated a fierce and polarising debate. Sidestepping the specific facts about Folau’s case, the issue raises key questions for leaders about how to balance encouraging employees to be themselves when doing so can offend others. Increasingly many employers will tell you that they … Continue reading Israel Folau and the trouble with bringing your whole self to work

Good leadership development is easy. Great is not

Cocktails, time and money are all you need to make a difference. But for really high-impact leadership development you need to focus on the Rule of Thirds and nine key elements. There’s not a single competitive advantage any organisation has that doesn’t ultimately stem from decisions or actions taken by its people. And the biggest … Continue reading Good leadership development is easy. Great is not

Want to understand your leadership shadow? Ask a Danish politician

One of the biggest transitions leaders have to make is the shift from being an individual person to becoming a job title and a brand – the impact of managing people you seldom see or might never meet. This can have complicated and unexpected implications, as an example this week in the Danish parliament vividly … Continue reading Want to understand your leadership shadow? Ask a Danish politician

Let your customers teach you how to lead

As the Australian Banking Royal Commission has shown, the disconnect between many banks and their customers has seldom looked more jarring. For months during the rounds of hearing we were stuck in a repeat cycle, listening to endless stories of staff putting sales targets ahead of customer interests.  The final report, published on 1 February 2019 has made … Continue reading Let your customers teach you how to lead

Five things Elon Musk can teach you about leadership

Few CEOs are as visible as Elon Musk. With this high profile comes a big reputation, and this, like so much else that surrounds the man, is polarised. Depending on your position he might be a charismatic visionary and inspirational leader; or he could be a loose cannon who can’t control his emotions and is … Continue reading Five things Elon Musk can teach you about leadership

IBM think they know when your employees will leave. Eight things you should do next.

IBM hit the news this week when their CEO Ginny Rometty announced in an interviewthat they have developed an AI tool that can predict with 95% accuracy when employees are likely to leave. The tech giant, which employees 350,000 people globally, claims that this has helped them save $300m that the departures would otherwise have cost … Continue reading IBM think they know when your employees will leave. Eight things you should do next.