Category Archives: Leadership

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

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

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

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

What the article says: “… we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. Technology has blurred them beyond recognition. Wherever we go, our work follows us, on our digital devices, ever insistent and intrusive. It’s like an itchContinue Reading

Two Lists You Should Look at Every Morning

What the article says: “The world is moving fast and it’s only getting faster. So much technology. So much information. So much to understand, to think about, to react to. … So we try to speed up to match the pace of the action around us. We stay up until 3 am trying to answer allContinue Reading

21st century leadership: the case for being more of yourself

What the article says: “We live in a time of exponential and disruptive change, significant risks and uncertainty on the horizon, and daunting challenges connecting energy, environment, our economy and our society. Clearly, our world and our organisations are becoming more and more complex and interconnected, and so do the challenges we face. “I thinkContinue Reading

Ghandi: The Seven Blunders of society

What the article says: “In October of 1947, Mohandas Gandhi gave a piece of paper to his visiting grandson, Arun Gandhi, upon which was written the following list — a list he said contained “the seven blunders that human society commits, and that cause all the violence.” The next day, Arun returned home to South Africa, never toContinue Reading

Humane capitalism and societal value creation

What the article says: ” The failure of free-market economic models in creating social equity, thereby perpetuating islands of affluence amidst a sea of deprivation, is the root cause of the growing public anger on the global corporate community. … It is in the enlightened self-interest of business to forge economic growth models that createContinue Reading

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