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Vol.13 Issue 03 – ’19 – Innovation in Leadership

Innovation in Leadership – Introduction

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You need to think again about how you develop your leaders. Here are the reasons why.   The EFMD Special Interest Group (SIG) “Innovation in Leadership” was set up in 2018 and has pulled together 12 large European companies and paired them with Hult Business School to examine what is happening to leadership development in…

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Techno-Humanism: If algorithms make all the decisions, who is the leader?

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At the EFMD Special Interest Group (SIG) “Innovation in Leadership” kick-off in March 2018, I called for our group to help innovate leadership in the context of rapid digital transformation and ambiguous globalisation.   A year later, the SIG facilitators, Nigel Paine and Roger Delves, note that the challenges faced by the 12 companies involved…

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Leadership as a System: circumventing the VUCA Vortex

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  Economic prosperity and disruptive technology have long been intertwined in a generally positive – albeit tumultuous – relationship. Disruptive technologies such as the printing press, the steam-engine and the transistor were catalysts in creating discontinuities that brought both economic growth and human strife during their respective eras. Each one permanently altered the playing field…

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Discovery Journey: Innovation in Leadership Development

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  Nokia is a giant among technology companies. Long past its phase as the world’s largest producer of mobile phones, it is now a technology company delivering end-to-end networks for the 5G era. It enables digitalisation and automation as well as being a heavy part of the roll-out of IoT (the Internet of Things). It…

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The Siemens Global Learning Campus

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  Siemens AG is a German multinational conglomerate headquartered in Berlin and Munich with over 379,000 employees worldwide and a turnover of more than €83 billion. It is the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe. Siemens is setting a course for longterm value creation through accelerated growth and stronger profitability with a simplified and leaner…

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Leadership development has to reflect modern contexts

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  Bayer AG is a life science company with more than 150 years of history and core competencies in healthcare and agriculture. The company operates in pharmaceuticals, consumer health, crop science and animal health. It has recently acquired Monsanto and thereby become the market leader in agriculture. Bayer faces a number of concurrent challenges. It…

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The training delusion: the man who thought Play-Doh was for cleaning walls

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  Here’s a funny story: Several years ago I worked on a “Change Leadership” programme aimed at improving the ability of leaders in a big organisation to lead change. We designed a programme with a number of digital and project-based learning elements. A change model was introduced that delegates would have to then apply in…

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