"Donald Trump’s new American brand is a cautionary tale for all leaders."
A leader’s image can become almost inseparable from the organisation he or she leads. Consumers’ perception of companies is often influenced by corporate leaders’ actions and what they communicate. Donald Trump is epitomising the “Ugly American”. His slick media campaign of “Make America Great Again” is reinforcing this image, seriously damaging the reputation of America abroad. His dark Weltanschauung, full of fear, prejudice, and mistrust, is compromising America’s ability to set the example on a world stage.
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"Fairy tales for today’s executives"
This blog looks at the leadership journey as a fairy tale and cautions against the five deadly dangers of leadership.
Published on 18 May, 2015
"Learning to manage in the gray zone"
Published on 7 Apr, 2015
"The tragedy of the commons"
Published on 26 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
"The uses of humour in the workplace"
This blog looks at the sources of humor and to distunguish between humour that is congenial and empathetic and humour that is dysfunctional and divisive.
Published on 2 Jun, 2015
"Managing the passive- aggressive leader"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review discusses challenge of managing passive-aggressives.
Published on 20 Feb, 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
"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
"Abnormal is the norm in organisations"
This article describes a number of dysfunctional leadership prototypes found in organisations. Offered as a useful form of shorthand for identification purposes, it helps us understand how we can deal with this dysfunction in ourselves or our leaders.
Published on 1 Sep, 2009
"Effective group work by the pygmies"
This article describe the best practices for effective work teams, using the pygmies of the African rain forest as a metaphor for effective group work.
Published on 1 Dec, 1999