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Leadership development: The definition of insanity

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results

Research indicates that 75% of organisations are not happy with their leadership development programmes. But when you look at the fact that today’s leaders are being taught the same leadership ‘principles’ as their predecessors were, it is not difficult to understand why this is the case. With organisations doing the same thing over and over again - and not drawing on any new research - leadership development has become stuck in a rut.


The art and science of CEO selection part II: high levels of smart, and then some

In my position as managing director of an assessment company, I have had the tricky task of understanding scientific tools have limits while maintaining the profound respect I have for the mature body of academic inquiry and evidence-based research that demonstrates the value of psychological measurement. When searching for a CEO, scientific tools can provide the insight you need into a candidate’s executive functioning. Assessments are one sure way to provide data metrics that can prove invaluable in the selection process. Take the following story.


Resilient leadership: Don’t just empower – emancipate!

I’ve had many managers in my time and these individuals have had very different managerial styles. It goes without saying that the people who’ve led me in a nurturing and uplifting manner have had more of an impact on my development and growth as a person – both in my career and personally – than those who merely shouted at me and insulted me when I did something wrong. These managers are not just managers; they are resilient leaders.


Leadership from within: It starts within ‘me’

Imagine your organisation with individuals who have the desire to perform to their fullest potential because they experience meaning in performing the tasks they execute, resulting in peak-performing employees who take responsibility and accountability for their individual roles as well as the organisation’s strategic intent.  To accomplish this, the organisation’s leadership team needs to facilitate the alignment of the individual’s goals with the organisation’s goals.


Leading in a Global Workplace

Globalisation and increasing international competition have altered competitive landscapes across markets, restructured supply chains across industries, and redefined the skill sets required of leaders to succeed.