"Fairy tales for today’s executives"
Whether it’s kissing frogs, slaying dragons or battling wits with the wicked witch, fairy tales hold salient leadership lessons for today’s executives. This piece looks at the leadership journey as a fairy tale and cautions against the five deadly dangers of leadership.
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"Donald Trump’s new American brand is a cautionary tale for all leaders."
Published on 12 Apr, 2017
"A large chair doesn’t make a king"
Africa is a cautionary example of the need for checks and balances against the abuse of power.
Published on 5 Oct, 2016
"The triumphs and foibles of Alexander the Great"
This blog entry explores how Alexander the Great shows us some timeless leadership lessons but also some glaring failures.
Published on 18 Nov, 2014
This book takes us inside the despotic mind to understand what their actions are all about; to comprehend the source of their actions and to recognise the danger signs.
Published on 10 Aug, 2005
"Turning high potentials to star performers"
This blog discusses the qualities that turn high potentials into top performers.
Published on 29 Dec, 2014
“The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor.”
Identifying with an aggressor is a basic strategy for human survival. It’s time to call it out in the workplace.
Published on 27 Sep, 2017
Virtual team coaching can help turn around dysfunctional teams
Effective organisations rely on teamwork, not least because it facilitates problem solving. Many leaders, however, are ambivalent about teams. They fear overt and covert conflict, uneven participation, tunnel vision, lack of accountability and indifference to the interests of the organisation as a whole. Also, more than a few have no idea how to put together well functioning teams. Their fear of delegating – losing control – reinforces the stereotype of the heroic leader who handles it all.
Published on 26 Aug, 2020
"Four pathologies that can cripple leaders"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review explores four pathologies that can cripple an executive and bring misery to the workplace, and what to do about them.
Published on 1 Apr, 2014
Five key lessons for entrepreneurs and leadership
As an organisation, the Virgin Group has been of great interest to the public and business experts worldwide, especially given Richard Branson’s creative leadership style in running and growing the enterprise. We dive into Professor Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries and Robert Dick’s case titled, “Branson’s Virgin: The Coming of Age of a Counter-Cultural Enterprise,” and explore five key lessons for entrepreneurs and leadership.
Published on 28 Jul, 2020
"High-flyers and the fear of success"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review address the fear of success and its consequences.
Published on 4 Mar, 2014