• Are You Ethically Correct and Socially Responsible?

    In scientific areas of business, such as Accounting, we often use equations and ratios to generate results. This being said, even quantitative results are rarely black and white. Given this, what techniques exist to help us understand the nebulous world of ethics and social responsibility? As the quest for competitive advantage continues, it’s critical for leaders to continually [...]

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    Jungle Fighter or Company Man?

    Tinker Tailor’ is a centuries-old counting game and fortune telling song. Using the names of contrasting career paths, children select participants or equipment for their games. The light-hearted question is, what can CEOs learn from this nursery rhyme? Children possess an almost magical ability to learn through playing. Often, even the simplest of games and songs contain hidden meaning. So, [...]

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    Toxic Leadership Creates Backlash

    Leaders who don’t realize their power accidentally create toxic environments. In my previous article in September — Google Insider Reveals Leadership Lessons Learned — I talked about three positive steps that leaders can take to create a healthy culture of growth in their organizations: Leaders should stretch themselves, create conditions where creativity can thrive, and actively [...]

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    Google Insider Reveals Leadership Lessons Learned

    Did you ever wonder what it would have been like to work at Google when it was still a lean-and-hungry start-up? While on vacation I read a recent article in Fast Company which gives an insider’s glimpse into that now-vanished world. Falon Fatemi, who started working at Google when she was an “eager, fresh-faced 19-year-old,” writes about the critical lessons in leadership that she [...]

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    7 Habits of Highly Creative People

    There are lots of urban myths about ‘creative people’, some of which are less accurate than others.  In truth, things such as our appearance, our intellect, our personality and our education only form part of the puzzle.  Given this, how can we identify and harness highly creative people? Creativity is a precious resource, which fuels innovation, maintains competitive advantage and [...]

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    Are You a Creative Genius?

    Creativity is a critical component of achieving long-term business success, both in terms of designing superior products & services and solving commercial & technical problems. Given this, the real question becomes – can CEOs learn to be more creative? Creativity is the thinking process that generates ideas and, as such, is arguably the most valuable raw material in business. In their[...]

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    Can you measure Teamwork?

    In some regards, effective teamwork is the life-blood of successful companies. Given this, much has been written about enhancing the productivity and motivation of groups. The question is – how can we determine when our teams are truly optimized for maximum results? Simply put, the leader of an organization, strategic business unit or department, is responsible for ensuring everything is [...]

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    Adapt and Evolve: the Key to Successful Leadership

    In the commercial world, it’s critical to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. Often, our forecasting techniques are prone to error, unable to navigate the changing tides.  So, what can Leaders do to ensure their organizations adapt and evolve? All companies have markedly different objectives, each facing their own unique array of competitive pressures. In simple terms, each [...]

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