Creating Debate to Improve Decision Making

By Liz Wiseman There is a growing belief that good leaders are made, not born. We now know that leadership skills can be taught – that management practices can and should be refined and improved upon as leadership styles and behaviors evolve. We are all too familiar with the leader who drains intelligence and capability out […]

Talent VS Organisation

Talent VS Organisation

By Professor Dave Ulrich In today’s rapidly changing business world, the challenge of building the right organisation complements and supersedes the talent challenge.  For the past 15 to 20 years, leaders have been encouraged by remarkable work captured in the “war for talent.” Many have built systems for bringing people into the organisation (sourcing, having a value proposition), […]

Neuroscience firms up companies’ efficiency

By Lesley Stones London-based neuroscientist Dr Tara Swart is helping several South African companies improve leadership skills by applying neuroscientific principles Neuroscience — it sounds like an art best practiced by medics in a hospital, but it is coming out of wards into the workplace to influence practical ways of honing brain power in the canteen, […]

A new framework for managing risk

A new framework for managing risk

By Professor Robert Kaplan Despite all the rhetoric and money invested in it, risk management is too often treated as a compliance issue that can be solved by drawing up lots of rules and making sure that all employees follow them.  Many such rules, of course, are sensible and do reduce some risks that could […]

Honest ‘Conversations’ replace traditional Performance Management

by Nicola Tyler  Companies around the world are starting to question the efficacy of what we might term “traditional performance management”. Senior leaders report that they have abolished performance appraisal at their companies because it causes so many problems. It’s clear that performance management faces a substantial paradox.  On the one hand, employees and managers […]

Leadership Lesons

Leadership Lessons from Bill Campbell

What makes you a leader? Is it your title, your ability to go through situations unscathed or leading by popular demand? Maybe it is the numerous certificates on your wall or collecting subordinate appreciation. Not quite what you had in mind? Dive into the leadership lessons from Bill Campbell, legendary mentor and executive coach to many […]