BIG IDEA: Pressuring people to ‘think positive’ can backfire. This month, we’ve been focusing on the importance of optimism in leadership. I shared how it is one of the key characteristics of accountable leaders. You can’t lead people towards a better future if you don’t believe that a better future is possible. But even optimism […]
BIG IDEA: The power of positive thinking is backed by science. Mental health has become a critical issue as we continue to deal with the global pandemic. The stress, fear and isolation that many people around the world have experienced is creating concern about the short-term and long-term psychological impact. This is certainly a theme […]
BIG IDEA: The rate of change is only accelerating. It’s not just your imagination: technological change is happening faster and faster. When we interviewed Jeff Desjardins, the editor-in-chief of Visual Capitalist and author of the book Signals: Charting the New Direction of the Global Economy, he argued, “It’s even faster than you think.” Can you […]
BIG IDEA: We need our leaders to be realistically optimistic right now. These are challenging times, to put it mildly. Our organizations are facing massive, historical change at a time when we all as individuals are stressed, stretched thin, and worn down by a full year of living through a pandemic. Are you an optimistic […]
When things go seriously wrong at a company, it often falls to the board to step up and hold the CEO accountable. But a board that is doing its job should be more than a last line of defense.
BIG IDEA: Diversity is mission-critical for business today. A lack of diversity is a critical business risk for companies today. For one thing, building diverse teams is the first step towards building innovative teams. If everyone on your team looks the same, they’re likely to all think the same, too. Diverse teams bring different perspectives […]
A leadership change is an important first step in recovering from a reputational crisis. But real accountability requires more than just identifying a scapegoat. Let’s look at an example with McKinsey.
I have covered various examples of Tom Brady being an example of what an accountable leader looks like. Most recently, he showed up and did it again. Here are some lessons from the field on stepping up and building your team. Gut Check: Do you make those around you better? Almost a decade ago, on […]
One of my favorite quotes by the great Harvard Business School Professor and Innosight co-founder Clay Christensen when he said: “the new game begins before the old one ends.” We all seen companies unable to change, pivot and transform themselves in the face of a changing context. In many ways, all the unprecedented events that […]
Normally, when June starts to edge close to becoming July, I post a Gut Check for Leaders blog and invite my readers to reflect on their leadership performance over the first six months of the year. Mid-year is a great time to pause and take stock of my experiences and key learnings. Where did I […]