Making leaders

Capgemini team

In 2017, a global transformation plan at Capgemini (branded “LEAD” appropriately enough) combined with a need to manage talents differently, to pave the way for an ambitious leadership development programme.

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Future-proofing the Audi UK dealership network

Audi

Electric mobility, driverless cars, automated factories, and ridesharing—these are just a few of the major disruptions that the automotive industry is facing. Maintaining a market position in the premium car market presents an ongoing challenge.

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Entrepreneurship for Good

entrepreneurship for good

Bound by strong humanist values, Live for Good, a not-for-profit association committed to youth and an expert in positive impact entrepreneurship, and CEDEP, the Executive Education Club share a common vision of business.

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Creating a transformative leadership culture

ICRC

Established in 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent, neutral organisation operating worldwide, helping people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war.

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Does the DNA of business schools need to change?

Arnoud De Meyer argues for a new approach to meet new challenges – transforming business schools into ‘Schools for Business.’ The last ten years have been a golden era for business schools. But I am convinced we have reached a watershed.

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Developing the art of resilience

If we required a reminder of our need for resilience, the pandemic provides it. Everybody has to go through difficult times in their life; some more than others. But the way we manage these situations determines how we are going to handle similar situations in the future and what we learn from them. “Hard times…

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COVID-19, our remote workplace and the human factor in leadership

The coronavirus has exposed what is working and what is not, as we adapt how we manage our teams and workplaces. What can leaders learn from the crisis? They don’t need a post-Covid transformation plan; they need a ‘listening plan’. Employees want to know their situation is understood. The big bang that COVID-19 brought us…

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Leadership in the era of self-managed organisations

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided us with a unique opportunity to stand back and look at the world of work in a new light. Many assumptions about the way we structure organisations and how we run them have come into question. The role of leaders is under more scrutiny than ever before. Lessons from home working…

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The Importance of Creating Leadership Momentum

How to lead and create a way forward in a fast-moving and ambiguous world. Developing leaders It’s clear that we now live in a world full of confusion, ambiguity and disruption. The pace of change has outstripped our ability to keep up with it. Things don’t seem to work the same way anymore. It’s like…

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Virtues in Action

How kindness can transform the workplace for sustainability of the organisation Across all cultures, since the beginning of time, there has been a sense of organised humanity. We suggest that kindness has always been a universal quality of this, although its manifestation may take various cultural forms. Kindness in the workplace is our focus and…

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Sustainability = Purpose + Prosperity + Innovation

We would argue that to date, and due to COVID-19, sustainability as ‘the new way of doing business’ has been side-lined and largely ignored. The clock is ticking, and short-term business thinking still prevails. “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment” noted Margaret Mead (1901-1978), an American anthropologist. Instead of innovating, we…

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The Working World of 2030 – A Better Place

The working world - world of 2030

The Vision By 2030, over 70% of the workforce will be comprised of generation X and millennials. The economic effects of COVID-19 will feel like a distant memory and work itself will be integrated into a broader holistic lifestyle. The working world will be thriving as human respect and kindness take centre stage. Navigating change…

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What role will HR adopt in the new world of work and business?

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the world. Governments and businesses have been challenged as never before. Leaders are struggling to not only manage the immediate, but also the long-term impact for their businesses. The crisis has dramatically exposed many businesses for their lack of any kind of organisational resilience. As customer demand evaporated,…

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The sustainable design opportunity offered by the global pandemic

A simple proposition has emerged from the personal experience of most knowledge workers during the last six or seven months. Working from home… works! Not on its own necessarily, and not for everyone, but as a broad idea…it works. With that understanding – that the rows and rows of desks that we find in today’s…

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Trust does not need sympathy

The American industrialist Jean Paul Getty is said to have once stated that contracts are useless. If you can trust your partner, you don’t need contracts, and if you can’t trust them, contracts are useless. The well-known saying of trust and control should be reversed: Control is good, trust is better. Trust is well researched,…

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The Making of the Modern Elder Marketplace

The world is getting greyer. 10,000 people in the US turn 65 years old every day. By 2025, the population aged 65 or above in China may hit 300 million. The number of Americans aged 50 and above who are working has grown significantly over the past decade, and is expected to keep increasing. In…

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A Human Approach to Leadership

2020 has been a turning point in history. The pandemic has disrupted life across the globe, leading to millions of deaths and crippling large parts of the world’s economies. It has made leaders stop and think about their priorities more powerfully than any other recent event. Just one year ago, in the introduction to a…

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The evolving role of the ‘Professions’

What does it mean to have a ‘profession’? Ansgar Richter explores the evolution of the concept, and how business schools can develop future-proof education for professionals ‘To educate future generations of professionals’ is an important aim of many business schools. A significant proportion of their graduates end up in more traditional professions such as accounting…

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Examining business school leadership

Views from EFMD’s webinar on business school leadership, by Julie Davies, Ewan Ferlie, Heather McLaughlin and Howard Thomas Business school leaders are ‘squeezed’ by a range of internal metrics. These metrics focus on a micro-managed narrow range of key performance indicators (KPIs) to raise revenues, research, and rankings. This style of financial centralised control has,…

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We call it Transpersonal!

John Knights discusses new leadership and education for the information age One of the reasons for the success of the Industrial Age in the Western world was the introduction of education for all. Though there are many parts of the world where the standard remains inadequate, in macro terms education has continually increased across the…

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Business School Advisory Boards

Sarah Hardcastle asks “Just how much challenge are you, as Dean, prepared to accept?” Advisory Board: “And I would say to the Dean: ‘If I ever tell you how to run the Business School, you can fire me. And if you ever tell me to stop challenging you, you can fire me.” After twenty-seven in-depth…

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Emerging Indigenous executive leaders programme

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comprise 3% of Australia’s population and continue to experience high levels of disadvantage. Indigenous men die on average eight years younger than non-Indigenous men. Youth suicide rates are four times higher than in non-Indigenous communities, and employment and literacy rates continue to remain lower than those of non-Indigenous Australians.

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Intellectuals of the world, unite!

Johan Roos says we must learn how to make best use of the input of academics and scholars to recover from an unprecedented pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic is testing every thread in the fabric of humanity – our personal lives, families, jobs, communities, companies, nations and the entire world as we know it. What is…

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Leadership for a better Future

  We do not need to read journals or study research results to know that the world is changing rapidly. We just need to look around and see what is happening. Our lives are being transformed by technology, bringing with it some real benefits and many thorny problems. We are experiencing social change on a…

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