Why do you do what you do? In this video, Grant Wattie, President of N2Growth Australia, discusses how you should really be honest with yourself when you come to a crossroads with your professional career. Ask yourself, what do you value? And will your choices allow you to live your values?Read More›
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.Read More›
* This post was originally published on LinkedIn
I’ve always been amazed at the number of tremendously gifted leaders who underutilize the one asset most responsible for their success – their brain. It’s not that leaders don’t think; it’s that they don’t think enough. And when they do find time to think, many leaders often think about the wrong things, in the wrong ways, at the wrong times. My message is simple, but not necessarily easy; to do more – think more.
Are you a person of integrity? Chances are you and everyone reading this article will answer in the affirmative. This introduces a massive blind-spot we have in our lives and organizations: self-deception – as none of us can say we have full integrity.
So, first, how do we define integrity?
Wolfgang Beltracchi is the most successful art forger in history. His fake paintings have sold for $46 million to museums, and private collections all over the world. He says the experts hate him because he managed to fool them for decades – he eventually wound up in jail. Some say what he did was a crime against the art culture and others think it was acceptable because he didn’t hurt anyone.
This story paints a strong allegory to leadership. It might sound a far fetch, yet how often have we tried to pass off our own behaviour as fake to maintain a façade? In the following article I’ll share some observations, insights and research on how we can be more authentic and learn to spot our own in-authenticities.Read More›
Not everyone will respond to your leadership. No matter how good you are, there will be skeptics. Leadership is a human endeavor and humans have choices. Still, it’s your duty to find a way to lead them.
No matter how big your organization, your message, direction, and motivations flow through a handful of people and leadership is like dancing; it is accomplished one partner at a time. I’m not talking about square dancing, line dancing or break dancing but the kind where you drum up your courage, look someone in the eye and ask: “Will you dance with me?”
Great dancing requires a mix of physical, mental, emotional and social skill. Great dancers know they aren’t just spinning around the floor; they are inviting another on a journey for a song or two. It is a negotiation of trust.Read More›
* This column was originally published on Forbes.com
Quality leadership or a lack thereof is easy to spot if you know what to look for. The problem is most people don’t know what to look for in a leader, and according to a recent study by Chief Executive magazine many CEOs don’t seem to know what to look for either.
While I probably shouldn’t have been surprised, I will admit to being absolutely stunned as I reviewed the results of a survey published in the January/February 2014 edition of Chief Executive in which respondents (sitting CEOs) ranked the top 10 skills needed for effective leadership. Following are the results in descending order of importance:Read More›
Tim’s Vermeer is a riveting documentary about inventor Tim Jenison’s quest to understand the genius of Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. The film chronicles Jenison’s discovery of a technique Vermeer may have used to create his photo-realistic paintings prior to the invention of photography.
History offers few clues to Vermeer’s life. Most art experts have cited a genius of vision—the ability to see and paint reflected light in a singular way. Jenison offers a different view; Vermeer’s genius may have been in his technique rather than in his eye. He shows how turning a mirror to 45 degrees, any artist can perfectly match the hues on his canvas to the color of his object. Matching the brush strokes is a bridge too far but Jenison replicates the reflected light that made Vermeer unique.Read More›
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.
Marissa Mayer is in trouble. Information recently spilled through the Yahoo firewall that she is habitually late. Evidently she has the tardy gene, a degenerative marker that becomes symptomatic with a little authority and can become chronic with a lot.
She is not alone; many bosses do things they shouldn’t when they can. In fact, more authority makes many people less responsible. But to be fair, managing time is a difficult task that increases exponentially with each promotion. Regardless, senior executives who cannot manage themselves are incredibly disruptive to their organizations and the best leaders work hard to get it right.Read More›