Leadership in a VUCA World

By Grant Wattie
President, N2Growth Australia

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. It’s become a popular acronym but it is very real.  In this video, Grant Wattie, President of N2Growth Australia, discusses how you, as a leader, can’t hold on to traditional leadership techniques and make it in this world full of VUCA.

At N2Growth, we would love the opportunity to speak with you and see how we can help you navigate the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity facing your organization.

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5 Obsessions of Champions

The Five Obsessions of Winning Teams

By Brian Layer
Chief Executive Officer, N2Growth

March Madness resumes tonight and in a pressure packed weekend of excitement, the Sweet Sixteen will shrink to the Final Four.  Only the strongest teams will survive and while their defensive pressure, explosive running game or deep shooting might define their style, their success rests on five obsessions. These obsessions are common to champions and may very well help your team in your competitive endeavor. 

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General Motors: The Problem Is Greater Than A Faulty Ignition Switch

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth

What keeps CEOs up at night? It’s not what they know, but what they don’t know.

Such is the case in which General Motors newly appointed CEO Mary Barra finds herself. According to reporting by New York Times reporter Bill Vlasic, Barra did not learn of the ignition problem that has led to the recall of over 1.6 GM vehicles until January 31st. The problem with the faulty ignition, which causes engine shutdowns, has been linked to at least 13 deaths stretching back to 2003.

 

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David O. Russell: The Confidence Game

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth

Confidence is a cloth with many colors.

That thought came to me as I was listening to David O. Russell speaking to Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air as he was discussing his award-winning trilogy of films – The Fighter, Sliver Linings and the latest, American Hustle. Each film is about characters reinventing themselves because they are not satisfied with themselves. The degrees of self-invention range from a fighter trying to overcome his past, a bipolar man seeking normalcy and a hustler seeking a better outcome.

As a writer and filmmaker Russell himself says he has struggled with re-invention. He once wrote scripts for hire now he seeks to tell stories that he himself connects with and can portray on the screen. That takes confidence. Especially when things fall apart. He says you need to trust yourself.

 

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Tolerance Versus Free Speech – Keeping The Main Thing The Main Thing

By Mike Myatt
Chairman, N2growth 

* This column was originally published on Forbes.com

I have watched quietly, curiously, and with great interest the intense emotions surrounding the controversy with regard to recent comments made by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson in the January issue of GQ. In today’s column, I question whether or not there should have been a controversy at all.

 

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Lessons from FDR

Lesson From FDR: Character Is Revealed

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth

Does crisis make a leader or does it reveal it?

That is a question that historian James Tobin explores in his newest book about Franklin Roosevelt’s battle with polio. As Tobin told Dave Davies on NPR’s Fresh Air, he answers the question with the book’s title, The Man He Became: How Roosevelt Defied Polio to Win the Presidency. Tobin says while many of those who knew Franklin best including wife Eleanor note that FDR’s struggle to recover and rehabilitate himself challenged Roosevelt to become a different person Tobin believes, like many leadership observers, that character is revealed. In other words, FDR, raised in privilege and sheltered from many of life’s hardships, faced in polio a foe that he could not defeat but could learn to live with.

 

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Board Diversity

Top 10 Reasons Diversity Is Good For The Boardroom

By Mike Myatt
Chairman, N2growth 

I do quite a bit of work on matters of board composition, selection and succession, and what I can tell you is this; board diversity is simply smart business. You’ll never hear me recommend diversity solely for the sake of checking a box, but when diversity in the boardroom offers so many benefits to the CEO (and to the entire organization) it’s nothing short of irresponsible for chief executives not to place their board composition under the microscope. In today’s column I’ll share with you the top 10 reasons why diversity is good for the boardroom.

 

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Three Hints: When To Intervene

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth

Should I get involved?

That is a question that often arises when executives take new positions. This is especially true for executives who are hired from the outside and expected to infuse the organization with “new blood” in the form of new thinking, new approaches and even new processes.

 

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Hey Congress! 4 Ways To Break A Stalemate

By John Baldoni
Chair, Leadership Development, N2growth

“Creating an undesired stalemate is the height of stupidity.”

This anonymous quote sums up how many feel about the political stalemate that has shut down the federal government.  The American people are frustrated, and even downright angry, that representatives they elected – and pay for through their taxes – act more like middle-school brats than responsible adults. Anger aside, the real question is: what do we do next?

 

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If it’s Stupid, It’s not our Policy!

By Brian Layer
Chief Executive Officer, N2growth

When I’d consider following someone down a dangerous path in my formative years, my Mother would ask: “Would you jump off a cliff just because he did?” More than once, I earned a lecture about thinking for myself and leading others up the high road.  As a young leader, I translated that lesson into a phrase I picked up in the Army: “If it’s stupid, it’s not our policy!”

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Red Lines and Policies – A Last Resort for Leaders

By Brian Layer
Chief Executive Officer, N2growth

The U.S. response to Syrian chemical weapons dominates this week’s news.  Thankfully, most of our problems are simpler than the President’s, but the Syria puzzle exposes the risk of one leadership tactic–leaders who draw red lines are likely to get stained in the process.

We draw these lines for a variety of reasons but mostly because it’s easy.  They are ultimatums used as a negotiating tool with actors beyond our direct control.  They are binary, “If you, then I,” propositions.  Leaders take the same approach with people they control and call their ultimatums policies using language like, “you will,” or, “you will not.”  But like most things in life, just because it’s easy doesn’t make it the best course of action.

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