How investing in professional development can help retain talented people

The day after Glen started in a new role, his employer lost their largest customer and a significant part of their recurring business. Part of his motivation in taking the new job was the opportunity for professional development it provided. He wanted to lead a transformational sales organisation and deliver successful major deals. Now he … Read more

Positive Energy is the Greatest Predictor of Success for Leaders

I am excited about timely research showing the greatest predictor of success for leaders is positive energy: the energy exchanged between people that helps uplift, enthuse, and renew them. It is not charisma, influence, or power. It is not personality, attractiveness, or innovative genius. In the HBR article, The Best Leaders Have a Contagious Positive Energy, … Read more

Why leaders want someone to tell them what they need to hear

Back in the day, my new boss Michael* asked me to tell him what he needed to know. He said, “Plenty of people will tell me what I would like to hear, that I am doing a great job. But I am asking you to tell me what I need to know.” I agreed, provided … Read more

How a sense of purpose can guide you

The mood in the air of waiting for things to return to normal is not an option for game-changing leaders. They are preparing for an operating environment that is likely to be dramatically different from the one we knew before the global pandemic. What will guide their future strategy? During the global financial crisis, Glen … Read more