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

Are you sponsoring talented leaders?

Gary identifies talented people and develops them into potential senior leaders. He challenges people to stretch their own perceptions of their leadership capability by asking them to take on bold commitments. He believes in people, sometimes more than they believe in themselves. He takes a long term view about their leadership capability. They may not … Read more

Are you learning and growing?

A few months into a new job and Kevin was already asking himself how he would know when it was time to leave. It was a question that had come up often in his earlier career. He had moved jobs every year or two, so that he did not get stuck in one job for … Read more