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The Leadership Wisdom of Kung Fu

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You may not remember the hit TV series from the 70s that traced the adventures of a Shaolin Monk, Kwai Chang Caine (played by the late David Carradine) as he wanders the American West armed only with his spiritual training and skill in Kung Fu.

How to Drive Strategies By Assessing Your Company Capabilities

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Every company has a set of capabilities that, when properly leveraged, can serve to devastate the competition. So, it’s essential for leadership teams to pinpoint and honestly assess these capabilities.

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Company Culture is a Game of Follow the Leader

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Company culture is driven from the top-down. While not often designed and constructed deliberately, company culture is truly a game of follow the leader. If leadership lacks integrity, the culture will run fast and loose when it comes to the facts.

What Was Unilever Thinking?

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The PR Disaster that resulted when Unilever decided a run a Dove Soap ad on its U.S. Facebook page last Friday, that showed a black woman turning white, could have been avoided with better leadership. It’s that simple! No more discussion or debate needed.

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Speeding Change by Slowing Down

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I have always believed that the fastest path to the future is found through increasing velocity of change.

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Strategic planning must change with the times

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If you’re frustrated by your organization’s current strategic planning and execution processes or the outcomes from that work, you’re not alone.

C-Suite Tip Number 1

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We all know about the pyramid structure. It’s a generic way to think about an enterprise and how most are organizationally design. Divided into three layers, the top layer of the pyramid is comprised of the senior-most leaders.

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Be Great: Learn How to Seek and Receive Feedback

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As we enter the New Year, I thought it fitting to delve into a sensitive subject – how to seek and receive professional feedback. So many of us don’t know how to do this effectively. There is a tendency to immediately get defensive or attempt to rationalize a bad review.

10 Leadership Lessons From My Favorite Clint Eastwood Movie Quotes

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Regular readers of my weekly column have come to expect me to do my best in presenting them with fresh perspectives on how to manage the challenges that most of them face as leaders in their respective organizations.

The Teslatisation of the Boardroom

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I am taking a break at Grand Cafe Loos in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. My mind is spinning around as I try to defragment and reorganize the many experiences, images and memories that have made 2016 such a fascinating year.

10 Signs Your Company Culture Needs a Fix

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10 Signs Your Company Culture Needs a Fix. There is little doubt that the best performing firms on the planet have exciting and healthy cultures – think Google, Southwest and Nike – while other organizations seem to be in a constant state of struggle to reach their full potential.

Digital Transformation Or Digital Free Fall: What Every CEO Must Know

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Every organization occupies a unique place on the spectrum of digital transformation. Whether they have an accurate perception or understanding of what that means to their business is the bigger concern.

Business Digitalization: Why You Need to Revitalize Your Entire IT Environment

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The Back-To-Basics Prescription

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If you’re a senior leader, mid-level manager or, simply, a company change agent struggling to determine ways in which to ensure the long-term success of your business, you may find value in what I call the Back-To-Basics Prescription.

Why Your Management Information Should Be Curated In Real-Time

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Management information is that which is used to determine business direction, to make executive decisions and to set policy. It is used to respond to changes in the marketplace and react to customer demands.

Why Corporations Have a Talent Problem

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The reason most corporations are broken when it comes to talent acquisition is they are simply looking for the wrong things through the wrong lens. Their hiring models are built for the old economy. They are looking for conformity rather than a non-conformity.

Corporate Culture Is No Joke!

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You may have read my 3 part-series on Culture By Design. The final installment was published just last week. The response was so overwhelming that I thought it may be worth offering one more piece on the subject of corporate culture.

Exploring Alternate Futures Can Help Identify Future Leaders

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Scenarios and scenario-based planning are widely recognized as valuable tools in setting organizations’ visions and strategies. Shell is the most famed for their scenarios and their process for developing them and using them. But they are far from alone.

20 Essential Terms that You Need to Know to Transform Your Business

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Whenever you begin business transformation work, it’s important to establish a common vocabulary that everyone in the organization can grasp and incorporate into their respective vocabularies. It improves communication and encourages engagement and buy-in.

Temperament: What It Takes to Lead

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By definition, temperament connotes disposition — an outlook on the world but also a sense of individuality that radiates self-assurance. In my experience, those with a good temperament are those who bring people toward them. Because they invite smart people and feel warmed by their presence.

So, You Want to Be a Disruptor?

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Mesmerized by industry innovators like Google, Apple and Uber, business leaders of all sorts want to become “disruptors” within their respective industries. Easier said than done!

Leadership in Cybersecurity

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Defining the position of the lead security person in an enterprise can be a challenging and sometimes confusing task. There are various job titles such as; Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Risk Officer, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), V.P., IT Security, V.P.,

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Accountability is a team issue

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We hold leaders accountable for results; the buck stops with leaders. It is a leader’s responsibility to put people into positions where they can succeed. But so often that is not always possible.

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The Boss Gives A Leadership Lesson In Self-Awareness

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“I wanted to be a voice that reflected experience and the world I live in. So I knew in 1972 that to do this, I would need to write very well and more individually than I had ever written before.”. That is Bruce Springsteen quoted in his autobiography, Born to Run.

Winning Is NOT the Only Thing

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Ours is a society that reveres winners. We love winning. And while our quest for victory is laudable, we too often overlook those who compete nobly and yet fail to win the ultimate prize. Sadly we label them as “losers.”. Essential to a leader’s development is managing adversity.

5 Positions Companies Need To Navigate Digital Transformation

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“The last 10 years have been about building a world that is mobile-first. In the next 10 years, we will shift to a world that is AI-first.”, Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, October 2016.

3 Things You Need to Know to Manage a Team of Superstars

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The Value of Value Chain Analysis in Transforming Your Business

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I have a different take on value chain analysis. Most think of it as positioning a business within its ecosystem.

Culture By Design: A Call to Action

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This is the first installment of an important 3-part series on Company Culture that I will be bringing to my Inc. readers. The series focuses on how to become more deliberate in creating a work environment that enables and empowers your organization to achieve and exceed all your expectations.

What’s Your Employee Value Proposition?

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Nearly every business leader recognizes the importance of their organization’s value proposition. It’s the elevator pitch, the one thing that your business can deliver to its customers that separates it from every other business out there. Your value proposition is so intrinsic to your business that, if I were to ask what it is, I bet you would be able to spout it off in a nanosecond. But, what would your response be if I asked: “What’s your employee value proposition?”

Peter Berg: Become The Best Version Of Yourself

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You can’t be your best if you don’t make time for yourself! Here’s how writer-director-producer Peter Berg put it when speaking about his passion for boxing. “[T]he

The Price of Core Values is 80 Dollars

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I recently spent a couple of days in New York. It was hot and humid, so I didn’t think twice being offered a ride in an open bicycle cart from Central Park to my hotel, which was approximately a 15 minute ride.

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How to Manage Business Transformation and Keep Your Sanity

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Transforming a business is a lot like changing the tires on a truck while it is slamming down the highway at 90 miles an hour. The business world doesn’t stop just because you need to optimize your operations.

Positive Illusions May Be A Leader’s Secret Weapon

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What’s the secret to a long-term relationship? Overlooking the negative and focusing on the positive,” says Helen Fisher, a best-selling author on relationships and a fellow at the Kinsey Institute. Speaking on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show , Fisher says that brain scans of couples averaging 20 years revealed the parts of the brain that were active were those linked to empathy, self-control, and an ability to overlook negative, that is, “positive illusions.”.

Caution: Company Culture Disruption Ahead!

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You may have read my 3-part series on Company Culture. It was featured in this column last month. In it I suggested that there were 6 levers available to leaders that enable culture transformation.

Write Your Leadership Legacy in 6 Words

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By Grant Wattie. President, N2Growth Australia. While having lunch with a number of writers, Ernest Hemingway claimed he could write a short story that was only six words long.

Culture By Design 2.0

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There is no doubt! Company culture is passed down from generation to generation of personnel through myth and legend. In fact, company culture is so deeply embedded into every organization that it often appears impossible to change. N2Growth boldly disagrees with that thought.

5 “NEXT PRACTICES” WHEN HIRING A GENERAL COUNSEL

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Today’s Executive Search and Management Consulting firms are famous for espousing “Best Practices.” But guess what? Nothing could be more detrimental to your organization. Think about it this way: Why would you and your organization want to “follow the herd”?

This Word Unleashes Change & Innovation

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Have you ever worked for a boss who always said no ? If you have, my first guess is it was a frustrating experience. My second guess is you don’t hold said boss in high regard as a leader.

Culture By Design: The 6 Levers of Customization

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Last week, we published the 2nd installment of our 3-part series on corporate culture transformation. It focused on core work products that must be produced to transform a corporate culture. Here is the final installment of the concept that I’m calling Culture By Design.