Leadership

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Is the Nobel Prize Sexist & Out-of-Touch?

The recent Nobel Prize announcements were accompanied by the usual deserved accolades for the recipients. As an organization psychologist, I was pleased to see Richard Thaler receive the Economic Science Prize for his contribution to behavioral economics. [...]

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The Moral Imperative for Modern CEO’s

When I did my MBA some 3 decades ago (yikes!), we used the classic Harvard text and case study approach to “Business Policy” (now taught as Strategy). In those days, corporations generally viewed themselves as having a social responsibility to stakeholders [...]

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Is too much discretionary effort a bad thing?

According to conventional wisdom, a critical task for managers is to motivate employees to ‘go the extra mile’ for the company. What does that mean in practice to expend 'discretionary effort? For employees it means putting in extra time by volunteering to [...]

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Leaders are made not born: Vince Lombardi

When I was growing up in Canada in the 60's, the Green Bay Packers were the dominant NFL team. Their coach was Vince Lombardi. His success and untimely early death have been immortalized on the annual Super Bowl trophy bearing his name. Generally acknowledged as [...]

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Drive Firm Value by Hiring Women CEOs and Top Managers

Finally, the jury is in. A very sophisticated meta-analysis study by Seung-Hwan Jeong and David A. Harrison of the University of Texas - Austin concluded there is “no cumulative, zero-order evidence of long-term performance declines for firms that have more [...]

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Stop the waste! Two ways to drive your leadership development budget further

While reading the McKinsey Quarterly the other day, I had a flashback to my former incarnation as the Head of Marketing for a retailer with a multimillion dollar budget. My mentor at the time had introduced me to a famous dictum attributed to Lord Leverhulme, [...]

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Here’s how virtual reality could be the next big thing in leadership development

A couple of years ago, Facebook bought a virtual reality (VR) headset company (Oculus) for $2 Billion - a massive amount for an undeveloped technology, even for a company as big as Facebook. Indeed, their COO Sheryl Sandberg has had to repeatedly hose down [...]

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Why women need more role models in senior management

Recently, I attended a Chief Executive Women's network meeting in Sydney and was dismayed to find out that women represent as little as 10% of directors in Australia – and that percentage hasn’t shifted in ages. The low percentage of female directors is not [...]

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Can leaders learn how to become resilient?

A few years ago, I saw Geoff Dixon the former CEO of the Australian flagship carrier Qantas being interviewed by Helen Trinca, a leading local journalist. Helen asked Geoff what the number one trait he looked for in his management team and his answer surprised [...]

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50 Years of Motivation

A few years ago I had the good fortune to spend time with Professor Victor Vroom while I was presenting at the Yale School of Management’s CEO College in New York. Victor is an academic hero of mine, an expert on motivation and one of the most influential [...]

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