We do not need to read journals or study research results to know that the world is changing rapidly. We just need to look around and see what is happening. Our lives are being transformed by technology, bringing with it some real benefits and many thorny problems. We are experiencing social change on a…

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  We have arrived in the digital age but we forgot the human factor in our businesses and business schools. How come when we talk about the one thing that makes all the difference in our businesses we talk about mindsets, emotions, passion, identity, purpose? The human factors, as we say. And how come when…

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  We need to create productive organisations by genuinely empowering employees and allowing them the freedom to choose how they work. We have spent the last 200 years building ever-more complex organisations. We have built up multinational empires blindly assuming that economies of scale are justifying the mega-corporations. Exciting, innovative, organisations have been bought by…

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Leadership challenge of talent management

  The context of business is undergoing a radical rethink or at least a questioning of the fundamentals. In particular, the role of the leader is being challenged to be more inclusive and to add some form of social responsibility to an already tough job description. Talent management is a key area where leaders are…

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Building Sustainability into the Value Chain

  Running a “sustainable” business is not about recycling and tree-planting programmes, it’s about putting sustainability at the core of your shareholder value proposition. To achieve sustainability transformation in companies, leaders need a broader skillset. This means that management education thinking also needs to be transformed to address sustainable values. Is sustainability in business misunderstood?…

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Leadershift: Creating the innovation-ready organisation

  There is perhaps no greater challenge for modern leaders than to protect their companies from the threats of the near-term future. Companies such as Woolworths, HMV, and Thomas Cook failed to meet the challenge of external threats. In contrast, companies building processes to import innovations developed outside of the organisation are maintaining their relevance…

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Tomorrow's Leaders

Everything you always wanted to know about motivating the next generation but might have forgotten to ask.   Are we listening to the needs and concerns of our talented professionals who will soon be tomorrow’s leaders? Seven young professionals talk about how they see leadership today, what needs to change and how they would do…

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Engaging with Technology

  Why this time around is different Getting computers to do our bidding has always been a bit mysterious to those of us not steeped in machine code, operating systems, and programming. We were content, if that is the right word, to muddle through command-line interfaces (CLIs) and then GUIs (graphical user interfaces), the ones…

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  We are in a parlous state and we need a new cohort of leaders to regain people’s belief and faith in the system. Capitalism is believed to be the system that best provides the wealth necessary to lift the standard of living for all people. Yet in the developed world, it is far from…

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  Leaders of the future who underestimate the importance of “respect” as a central element of their culture do so at their peril. Leadership culture will be the biggest single influence on organisation performance and success. Without appreciation and respect for other people, leaders will struggle to be effective. Business leaders today face pressure for…

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