Why leaders challenge groupthink and embrace contrarian views

Steve Jobs’s decision to streamline Apple’s product line in 1997 was a pivotal moment in the company’s history. Confronted with a cluttered array of over a dozen Macintosh models, Jobs recognised the need for a radical overhaul. According to Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography, ‘Jobs interrupted a product strategy session, grabbed a marker, and drew a … Read more

Career planning can make your future bigger than your past

Back in the day, I recall in development review meetings my boss asking, ‘Where do you want to be five years from now?’ Maybe you had a similar experience. It always seemed like a tricky question to answer. Who knew five years earlier I would be where I was now? Like most of us, I … Read more

Cultivate ‘the human touch’ to be an outstanding leader

Think of a leader who inspired you, someone you admired and respected. What was it that made them a role model for you? Chances are they had ‘the human touch.’ They connected with you, took an interest in you, your life and your aims. In my case, I experienced a couple of leaders who believed … Read more

How leaders embrace mistakes and create a culture of growth

Herbie Hancock, is an iconic figure in the world of jazz, renowned for his talent as a pianist, composer, and bandleader. He tells a story about playing a live performance with legendary trumpet virtuoso Miles Davis. Right in the middle of Miles’ amazing solo, Herbie played the wrong chord. It sounded like a big mistake … Read more

Why you need to prioritise a development plan in 2024

When my mother was a young girl, a well-meaning relative threw her into deep water to teach her to swim. Instead, she nearly drowned. She had a lifelong fear of the water and swimming because of the experience. It was common practice decades ago to throw children in the deep end. They’ll sink or swim, … Read more