Leadership lessons from Nelson Mandela

This is a short account of Mandela’s consummate skills in strategic leadership. By examining the story around the 1995 rugby world cup, we reveal aspects of Mandela’s approach to nation building. In it, we identify a few of the key principles that guide this amazing man as he lead South Africa through a difficult period of political and cultural change. Read more…

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In Pursuit of Personal Excellence

Are exceptional people different? Do they do different things? An observation of  people pursuing personal excellence reveals a number of behaviours that seem to stand out. This article looks beyond the more obvious factors and identifies eight things they do that often go unnoticed.

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Examining the Dark Side of your Leadership

Ever wondered how your strengths could turn out to be your biggest achilles heel? Research shows how your biggest assets can actually work against you and diminish your leadership effectiveness. The article discusses this interesting phenomenon and provides a few pointers to watch out for.

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Five questions CEOs should ask their Supply Chain Directors

Complex supply chains are inevitable in many businesses. The complexity brings about uncertainty and increased levels of risk. Businesses pay for this risk by carrying higher inventories and incurring a higher cost of funding within the supply chain. Understanding and managing these supply chain risks are key to improving the overall performance of the supply chain. Five key questions should be asked by CEOs to begin the process of managing this risk.

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Five signposts on the road to Resilience

Our ongoing work in corporate resilience reveals that there are five key signposts that indicate an organisation’s resilience capacity. Situational & self awareness, intellectual rigour, physical agility, spiritual depth and strong governance all play key roles in enhancing the resilience of organisations to anticipate and respond to change befor getting knocked over.

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The Leadership Metronome

The metronome, a familiar aid to musicians, is a useful metaphor for thinking about leadership in this busy world. The issues of tempo, discipline, amplitude and synchronisation all provide insights for how we might increase our effectiveness as leaders.

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Is there Life after Management?

The practice of management is being challenged on a number of fronts. While business conditions are becoming increasingly difficult due to sophisticated and demanding customers, tougher global competition and the advent of game-changing technology, the practice of amangement has changed little over the last two generations. The paper explores an emerging new order and sets about rethinking some of the basic concepts of organisation, management and strategy.

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Building Resilience through Organisation Development

Resilient organisations display a number of capbilities that promote their ability to anticipate and respond to deep strategic change. Our research identifies specific Organisation Development (OD) “pathways” along which these capabilities can be built and strengthened. Furthemore, our findings suggest two key requirements for HR professionals that could enhance their effectiveness in these OD endeavours.

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From Value Creation to Organisation Design

 Organisation design is often neglected as executives rush to deal with demanding business conditions and customers. But, the alignment of your organisation with the business strategy remains a key to improving both effectiveness and efficiency. This short article explores an approach to do this by linking the Value Propositions of the business with the Design and Structure of the organisation.

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Strategy isn’t Rocket Science

Many myths surround the practice of setting strategy in an organisation.  The article explains that strategy occurs all the time – even when you’re not “planning”. Strategy is about connecting your business with customers and the wider environment. It is a process that manages the constant change and adjustment needed in the organisation. Five key questions have to be addressed during the strategy process and these are outlined in the article.

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