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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 [...]


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, [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]