Posts Tagged: Leveraging Relational Currency

New business models need fresh leadership.

Book Review Young World Rising: How Youth, Technology, And Entrepreneurship Are Changing the World From the Bottom Up Rob Salkowitz, 2010 “Top-down and command-and-control style management, whether from governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or private companies, is increasingly inappropriate for solving 21st century problems. Young people raised on networks ...

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When leaders leave the comfort of home

‘Culture’ is both an internal phenomenon, and an external one. While every organization has its own unique work environment and culture, leaders engaged in the spheres of politics, religion, sport, business, and the social services sector also operate within vastly different cultures where assumptions, expectations, attitudes, ...

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Everyone loves a good story.

Book Review Lessons From the Top: How Successful Leaders Tell Stories to Get Ahead - and Stay There Gavin Esler; 2012   Everyone loves a good story! A leader’s journey is so much more than a collection of experiences or a series of events. It is part of a much ...

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Is it enough to be inspiring?

I still remember reading Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time by Howard Schultz and Dori Jones Young when it was first released.[1] I was very impressed by their commitment to a set of values that focused not ...

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Success. Happiness. Which Comes First?

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 ...

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“I just don’t have time!”

How many times have we heard people say this, or said it ourselves? In 2006, Dr. André Martin for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) analyzed global trends to paint a picture of the challenges and needs facing organizations as they seek to develop leaders who will guide them through ...

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You can’t afford not to be in the ‘talent’ business

Book Review The Alliance: Managing Talent in a Networked Age Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh; Harvard Business Review Press, 2014 “A business without loyalty is a business without long-term thinking. A business without long-term thinking is a business that’s unable to invest in the future. And ...

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Which meetings should I attend?

Are you constantly running short on time?  How many meetings did you attend last week?  Were they productive?  How much did they actually cost your organization?  Were you able to measure the return on investment? In 2004, I moved to the U.S from Australia after accepting ...

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Forward thinking partnerships

"The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.”[1] Much could be said about our changing world—economic instability, political and civil unrest, the threat of terrorism, religious intolerance, epic levels of national debt, corrupt governments under attack, the rising ...

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Why Courageous Leaders Are Vulnerable

“We can’t afford to take the risk.” “If I follow through with this decision, I run the risk of losing the support of my staff.” “I wish I had made the decision to set aside budget for innovation when we were in a comfortable position. I didn’t ...

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Redefining Courage

In 2007, Robert Eckert, the CEO of Mattel Toys, chose not to recall millions of toys he had learned contained excessive lead.  Instead of doing the right thing and taking responsibility for the products and their failure to comply with safety standards, he blamed the Chinese manufacturers. While some ...

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Managing talent is an exercise in creativity

What if I recruit the wrong person?  How do I make sure I get a return on my investment and not lose this person to a competitor?  Are we ready to recruit someone into this new growth area—perhaps we need to make sure we have got the ...

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How do you respond to organizational decline from the inside?

One issue that has emerged rather frequently in recent years—perhaps brought about by the fallout of the global financial crisis—is that of dealing with organizational decline from the inside. Growing frustration with the lack of accountability and poor performance by leaders has led to a significant ...

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Developing a sharper focus

While the economic downturn has been detrimental to many businesses, positive approaches have emerged that will help organizations lay a more solid foundation for the future.  Central to this, organizations need to engage, align and motivate their leaders around the critical issues and keeping them focused on ...

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Communication is culture

No one fully comprehended its impact in our culture, or its potential, and its limitations, and the new challenges that have emerged in relation to both the piracy and privacy of content.  It has literally changed our world. Donald DePalma describes the Internet as similar to “discovering the Eighth Continent,” that ...

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A Leader’s Mind

Book Review A Brief Guide to Ideas William Raeper and Linda Edwards (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1997). I never imagined that when I agreed to undertake post-graduate studies in global perspectives on leadership that I would be asked to critique such a comprehensive range of texts.  While I had ...

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