Today’s Leaders All Share These 5 Traits – A Digital Mindset

The best leaders have a propensity for looking for ways to leverage digital technology for competitive gain. If you want to be a great leader, you absolutely have to develop a digital mindset. It's the only way you can help your business leverage data and information technologies in the pursuit of growth and profitability. Why, you ask? Digital technology and media are omnipresent in business…

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Is Innovation manageable?

In the years leading up to 2018, I have spent my time bringing innovation to the financial services space. Fintech, as this sector is colloquially referred, focuses for the most part on disrupting the state of affairs induced by the use of technology. As such it is all about innovation. And now, from a distance, my optimism regarding the sector’s ability to innovate and capture opportunities has…

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Leadership and Digital Transformation

News Flash: The #1 thing leaders need to understand is that the Digital Transformation train left the station a few years ago. If you weren't onboard back then, you need to stop looking for the next train and rapidly go in search of building a rocket ship. Businesses simply have run out of time to embark on multi-year transformation projects - that window has closed. In the text that follows,…

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Will South Korea Become The Juggernaut That Brings Smart Living to You?

Clearly, artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning technologies are finding their way into most everything that we touch and use in everyday life, including consumer products, financial services and healthcare delivery.   This is indicative of significant inroads made in IT services, communication services, electronics, mechanical equipment and biomedical products, which serve as…

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The Evolution of the Executive, C-Suite, and Boardroom

The evolution of the Executive, C-Suite, and Boardroom is underway. People will undoubtedly say, “there is no way this guy is old enough to have experienced working in the 80’s and 90’s,” and they would be right. However, as part of any sound Executive Search professional’s toolkit, research is a useful addition, and in many ways, often goes a long way. So, how did it all look back in the 'good…

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How to Get Ahead: Self-Directed Learning

Self-directed learners, or autodidacts, possess the capability to chart their futures in ways that can give them an advantage over their less ambitious contemporaries.  I should know, I am one! Back in the day, I didn't have the Internet to support me.  Yes, I did it the old fashioned way -- I bought books and read them.  It's laughable by today's standards, but, back in 1988, I spent countless…

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Welcome to Business 2.0 as Powered by New IT

Business 2.0 represents a new way of thinking and doing for early 21st Century companies. Unlike e-commerce where consumer transactions are done via the Web, Business 2.0 is about using the Internet-based services to drive entire business processes. Indeed, the work of transforming an enterprise to Business 2.0 is quite an undertaking. But, this transformation has an ally in "New IT"--a…

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4 Indisputable Principles for Building a Business Worthy of High Esteem

Over the past couple of years, I've written extensively in this column on the subject of competitive differentiation. Many of my articles offer advice on becoming "of choice" and "indispensable" among your customers. But, a business does not rise to a level of preeminence within its niche without developing another essential quality--integrity. Here are 4 principles that absolutely must be…

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Data Storytelling: Big Data’s Next Frontier

If you're looking for a business prediction for the year, here's one: "Data Storytellers will be in high demand." Many self-proclaimed business gurus are predicting this year will be the year of "Big Data". For those unfamiliar with the concept, big data is a general term for the processes and automated tools related to the search, capture, storage, curation, analysis and visualization of data.…

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Why 2016 Will Be the Year of the Millennial

I'm going on record as designating 2016, "The Year of the Millennial." There is no doubt in my mind that this year represents a tipping point among the number of 30-somethings reaching the management ranks of organizations around the globe. Because of this build-up of critical mass, we can assume that these newly minted Gen Y managers will greatly influence this year's business agenda. Here are 8…

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How ‘Doing Good’ Can Do Wonders For Your Business

There is a growing awareness that human capital and positive organizational dynamics are key to long-term business success. Happy employees drive harder than disgruntled ones and they proceed cautiously when trust is low and doubt is in the equation. For this reason, the clients that I work have found that staff engagement and employee satisfaction can only be built on a solid foundation based on…

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Leaders Who Think More – Accomplish More

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…

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How To Predict The Future

Life is just plain easier when you can see what’s ahead of you. Some leaders clearly have poor vision – their most polished skill seems to be running into brick walls. Other leaders simply possess adequate vision – they avoid the obvious speed bumps, but fail to stand out from the crowd. Then there are those leaders who possess legendary vision – the rare few who can see around corners. What you…

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It’s Not Impossible – It Just Hasn’t Been Done Yet

How many times in your career have you witnessed someone say, “that’s impossible – it simply can’t be done.” Perhaps you’ve even been guilty of uttering such a phrase yourself. Here’s the thing – leaders don’t accept impossibility as a valid thesis. If you think I’ve lost my mind, or that my optimistic nature has crossed over into a state of irrational exuberance or delusion, I’d encourage you…

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The Next Generation of CEOs: 10 CEO Ready Leaders

Disclosure: My company, N2Growth has worked with many of the organizations represented on this list. Lots of executives aspire to become a CEO, but few actually possess the leadership chops to pull it off. As someone who earns their living as a leadership advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs, I always keep a sharp eye peeled for up and coming leaders. The 10 leaders profiled below represent different…

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The Power Of “What If”

What if? What if you could reinvent your business? What if you could change the perception of your brand? What if you could break from the status quo? What if you could attract better talent? What if you could reenergize your corporate culture? What if you could make the changes you know you need to make? What if? To the one, great leaders aggressively pursue what if – do you?

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