Author Archives: Anthony

The Leeson Lesson: focus on character, not commission

“There is no silver bullet to protect against people like me” said Nick Leeson in our recent conversation.  This inadvertently confirmed one of my key observations: the biggest risk organisations face is when people inside the firm act in ways that can sink the strategy, sink the financials, and even sink the firm. “Blind trustContinue Reading

Ian Bremmer on the moral dilemmas faced by leaders

Fascinating (as always) meeting with Ian Bremmer, author and president of Eurasia Group, in NYC.  Ian is a geopolitical strategist whose global contextual intelligence is beyond compare.  Whenever I am with him, or reading his writing, I am struck by his unique ability to observe, analyse, synthesise and then summarise in ways that are immediatelyContinue Reading

Marty Holleran “a moral compass second to none”

When I was in New York recently I had the great pleasure of meeting with Marty Holleran, a senior GE executive during the Jack Welch era. We talked about moral courage, moral leadership, and how he had resolved moral dilemmas. Over a couple of hours together Marty enthralled me with stories from a long andContinue Reading

How have you resolved moral dilemmas?

In a presentation to Directors at the recent NACD conference in Washington I suggested this was a crucial question they needed to ask their CEOs and management. A key priority for Boards is appointing a CEO, and so considerable focus is placed on their technical competence. Much time and effort is expended to ensure theContinue Reading

NACD Conference comments

I have just left Washington where I spoke at the National Association of Corporate Directors annual conference: Future Proofing the Boardroom . 1000+ heavy hitters from the American business community attended. The hyper-partisan argument consuming the attention on Capital Hill meant the business of Government was never far from our minds. Several asked whether theContinue Reading

Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture

From McKinsey Quarterly What the article says: “After the tragic events of 9/11, a team of Harvard psychologists quietly “invaded” the US intelligence system … to determine what makes intelligence units effective. … They identified what they thought was a comprehensive list of factors that drive a unit’s effectiveness—only to discover, after parsing the data, thatContinue Reading

What 5 insights can you learn from the single best book on management?

Eric Barker summarises Peter Drucker on being effective What the article says: “Effective executives know where their time goes. They work systematically at managing the little of their time that can be brought under their control.” … Record how you spend your time. Cut the things that steal it. Then consolidate your time into chunksContinue Reading

It’s time for moral leadership

What the article says Humanity is facing a crisis of leadership—but what kind of leadership is needed? Economic leadership has been tried and found wanting. The crisis is not one of political, social or economic leadership, but of moral leadership, exercised by moral leaders. The basic building block of moral leadership is one’s moral code,Continue Reading

Does academic prowess mean sound values?

What the article says: “Humanity is facing a crisis of moral leadership—men and women of character who can choose wisely and well in the difficulties, dilemmas and complexity of contemporary business and government. One of the biggest risks we face today is an assumption that because people share or subscribe to our corporate values, thatContinue Reading

Christine Milne, leader of the Greens, under the AAA Leadership lens

What the article says: Christine Milne is 100 days into her leadership and shows little evidence of filling the large shoes left by Bob Brown. This period coincides with a deep split in the Labor alliance and could mark the beginning of the end for the Greens’ influence. And to make things even more difficult,Continue Reading

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