Women have undoubtedly begun to make progress in their struggle for equality in career progression. But there is still a long way to go say Fiona Dent and Viki Holton. Here they offer women a number of practical tools, ideas and suggestions that will contribute to the management of their career success The past 10 years illustrate just how…

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Claus Rydkjær and Tue Juelsbo outline how operating and leading at several different speeds simultaneously is necessary to succeed in an exponential world We all have an uncomfortable feeling that the world is changing in ways we did not foresee and do not fully understand. Mannaz works with some of the largest organisations globally and we feel…

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Jeneva Patterson describes how a close brush with a terrorist attack threw light on her professional work in helping develop leadership March 22, 2016 8:43 am. Day Two of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) had just begun when my Apple watch started buzzing. When I saw that the call was from…

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In this edited extract adapted from his new book, Business as an Instrument for Societal Change: In Conversation with the Dalai Lama, Sander Tideman discusses the idea of Bodhisattva leadership and looks at how ancient ideas can be translated to meet the needs of modern-day business “Leaders are not born or made, but cultivated and developed. The best way to develop…

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The world is changing so fundamentally that business leaders who act as if the old rules still apply will find themselves and their organisations side lined or overtaken completely. However, say Thomas Malnight and Tracey Keys, those who adapt to this new world will be well placed to make the most of the opportunities it…

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David Altman and Roland Smith of the Center for Creative Leadership analyse why both developed and emerging economies may well suffer a leadership gap at all levels of business. Say the word leader and it often generates an image of a charismatic person in charge or someone who sits in the “C-suite” (a corporation’s top…

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As Chinese business goes global it is time to start training its managers for leadership in a global business world say Jørgen Thorsell, Justin Bridge and Fiona Gardner. In 1978 Deng Xiaoping, the reformist then leader of China, began introducing, very slowly, a market system into what was and still is in many ways a…

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Fiona Dent and Viki Holton detail how organisations can help more women to become business leaders. It is clear to us from our own and others’ research that organisations and senior teams within them increasingly recognise the importance of the role of women in business and, indeed, see it as a key business imperative. There…

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We have always needed leaders able to understand what the future may hold. It’s just that today we need them more than ever. Patrick Harris and Dr Rebecca Nash outline how we might produce them. It is easy to suggest that, given the uncertainty in the world today, having a future-focused leader at the helm…

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Co-operation between academic leaders and professional managers is essential for the success of large business schools says Eric Ponsonnet Professional organisations such as law firms, consultancies, hospitals, schools and universities are usually led by a combination of experts (lawyers, consultants, doctors, professors) and professional managers who have to co- operate with each other on a…

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Eel soup, floor numbers and compensation packages are just some of the disasters that lack of cultural intelligence can bring about. Ravi Kumar offers some solutions One of HSBC’s most memorable advertising campaigns in the early 2000s positioned the bank as the “world’s local bank”. In a series of television and print advertisements, the international…

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Business schools – and the businesses they serve – need to discover a “second curve” if they are to survive and prosper. By Charles Handy When I last spoke to the EFMD conference in 1974 my talk reflected my own personal dilemma. I was at the time the Director of the MBA Programme at the…

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Confucius said that rulers need three resources: weapons, food and trust. The ruler who cannot have all three should give up weapons first, then food but should hold on to trust at all costs. David Watkins explains. Trust has become one of the most pervasive – and perhaps for that reason least noticed – aspects…

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Matthew Farmer sheds new insights on how skills-based volunteering overseas can help build tomorrow’s global leaders. “Tell me and I will forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I will learn” Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin’s words have never resonated more truthfully. The growth of experiential learning and frameworks such as 70:20:10 are…

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In a world full of smart business professionals, says Lee Newman, the quality of behaviour is what distinguishes the most successful. Take two equally intelligent, well-educated professionals with similar years of experience and put them in similar organisations with the same budgets and staff. One consistently moves ideas forward and shepherds projects to success while…

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‘Robber Baron’ or ‘Robin Hood’? Dan Pontefract argues that some, if not many, organisations have forgotten what they once stood for. It is time, he says, to review, refocus, recreate and thus redefine their true purpose. The purpose of an organisation (and business itself) has long been discussed. Some leaders— firmly ensconced on the far…

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David Dotlich explains why leaders who are ‘unfinished’ – adaptable, collegiate, and always ready and willing to learn – are the ones who will succeed in today’s complex and paradoxical business world. Recently, Pivot Leadership ran an executive programme for the top leaders of one of the world’s largest and most successful companies. Each participant…

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Martine Van den Poel and Graham Ward describe the unique advantages of small group coaching in leadership development. Individual coaching for leadership development has slowly but surely made its way into many organisations around the world, with professional coaches helping executives assess their leadership challenges, change their behaviours and become more authentic leaders. More recently,…

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Tracey Keys explores how leaders need to think – and act – differently to prepare themselves and their organisations for the future. Reliable crystal balls are in short supply – which is a problem as leaders and executives need to cope with an increasing amount of change coupled with uncertainty and volatility in the environment…

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