Leadership Is a Continuous Journey with Naina Desai

Often leaders reflect on moments in their lives that were significant in shaping their careers, or a lesson that they have learned somewhere along their journey.  If given the opportunity, I believe most leaders would be happy to share those insights so that others can learn from them. I had the chance to speak with Naina Desai, Head of Revenue Growth Management and Bottler Strategy at Coca-Cola…

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Leadership Interview with Youssef El Aoufir, COO Intelcia

In my never-ending quest to discover the global perspective on emerging competencies required to lead in today's environment, I talked with Youssef El Aoufir, COO and Managing Director at Intelcia, headquartered out of Morrocco. As a leader in global talent management staffing, I was curious about how Youssef sees the future of leadership and the competencies that everyone should focus on, no…

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Leadership Interview: Rethinking The Future of Work

In a recent conversation with Sandile Hlophe, Partner and executive leader with EY-Africa, we discussed some ideas around what the future of work could look like over the next few years.  Even though this interview took place before the COVID-19 pandemic, I still believe the topic will be just as relevant as we emerge from the global disruption.  Leadership Interview Summary JH: I am always…

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Memorial Day Should Make Us All Better Leaders

Is Memorial Day weekend just another holiday, or does it mean something more to you? Put simply, the lessons we can learn about those we honor on Memorial Day should help make us all better leaders. While this weekend simply signifies a long-awaited prelude to summer for some, it is much more than that for others. As a veteran and lifelong student of leadership, I have always found Memorial Day…

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The Neuroscience of Learning With Rapelang Rabana

The future of employee engagement can be influenced by how a company incorporates modern learning techniques into their own leadership development programs, training scenarios, and various other offerings that will bring a learning value to employees. In a recent conversation with Rapelang Rabana, founder of Rekindle Learning, we discussed how to pull learning techniques into the future.…

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“Live in the Moment” With Hakim Marrakchi, CEO at Maghreb Industries

Hakim Marrakchi, CEO of Maghreb Industries, shared his perspective to Live in the Moment as the advice he would give his younger self. Even though Hakim is a very humble businessman and made it clear this advice given would be different for himself and differ from what he would give others. I still think these insights are powerful and worth sharing with you. Interview Summary HM: Start with a…

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Only The Start: Change and Forecasting Comes With Risk

Change seems to occur at an ever-increasing speed, forecasting, especially concerning long term scenarios is an extremely risky business today. Forecasts often lead to disappointments, for management, employees, shareholders and other stakeholders. Because of the complexities at hand, we can always find reasons for why forecasts and change plans didn't work... The following may sound familiar:…

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Talent Management and Preparing Leaders Correctly with Piet Hein Merckens

I recently sat down with Piet Hein Merckens, Former CEO of Aviko and leadership influencer to discuss a shocking talent management trend that was exposed in a 2018 global leadership survey... In this survey, the results stated that over 80% of CEOs say they do not have the talent within their organizations to execute upon their current corporate strategy. That is a tough statistic to try to wrap…

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Leadership Interview: Awareness as a Way to Understand Impact

Many new executives come out of business school still unprepared with desired competencies when entering into potential leadership positions. I asked Naina Desai, Head of Revenue Growth Management and Bottler Strategy at Coca-Cola what her thoughts were on competencies that leaders should focus on to face the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous business environment we find ourselves…

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Leadership Interview: Connecting With People is The Key Competency

I recently sat down with Dudu Hlatshwayo, CEO and founder of Change EQ Corporate Advisors in Johannesburg. I think you will find her answer to be thoughtful and full of insight, everyone reading this should take heed of this simple advice. Interview Summary JH: What is the number one leadership competency required in this fast-paced, unpredictable world we now find ourselves in?  DH: Connection…

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President’s Day – Part Two

Today's post is the second in a two-part series celebrating President's Day by examining the leadership traits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. In yesterday's post, I looked at the unimpeachable character of our first President, and in today's post, I'll examine the resolve of America's sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln. It is an astute person who studies history and applies the…

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A President’s Day Look at Leadership

Since we're headed into President's Day weekend, I thought I'd take this opportunity to author a two-part series in which I'll examine the leadership characteristics of the two Presidents for which the holiday is celebrated; George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. In today's post, I begin by taking a brief look at the life of George Washington in an attempt to quickly offer some leadership tips…

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Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on

Many would say if you're in the leadership business, you're also in the business of dealing with adversity. After all, leadership means facing challenges head-on. Regardless of where you are in your life and your career, I can promise you one thing; you will consistently be faced with challenges and obstacles along the way. In today's post, I will take a brief look at the beliefs that cause some…

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Leadership Interview: Ego Versus Eco with Ronald van Weegen

While traveling the world seeking answers on global leadership perspectives, we stopped in the Netherlands. I met with Ronald van Weegen, a seasoned senior executive in both Leadership Development and Human Resources. I asked Ronald to reflect upon his professional development and overall experience in life and provide us the one thing that he would recommend to younger executives on their…

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Leadership Interview: Stef du Plessis on Culture & Unwritten Ground Rules

While in Johannesburg, South Africa, I had the opportunity to sit down with a leading global authority on employee engagement and workplace culture, Mr. Stef du Plessis. Stef and I began to dive into the differences between employee engagement and corporate culture. I was interested to understand from his point of view if there was a difference (which we both agreed there was) and if he could…

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The Engagement Secret of Great Leaders

Show me a great leader and I'll show you a talented storyteller. Leadership and storytelling go hand-in-hand. In fact, leaders who lack the ability to leverage the power and influence of storytelling are missing the very essence of what accounts for compelling leadership- the story. Give me a few minutes and allow me to share this message with you - it may just change your life. If you’ve ever…

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