Category Archives: Leadership and management

Why bad strategies fail to produce change

Textbook strategic planning is too often bland and static. It lose the sharp focus and energy vital to execution. Effective strategies confront the core issues of your organization. Continue reading

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Tips from Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman is a professor of Psychology at Princeton University who received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics. In his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, he distills a lifelong journey of learning into over 400 pages of insights. Humans, it turns out, are not such rational animals after all. We are all victims of intuitive biases. Read the book, and if you’re looking for a few quick tips, read on. Continue reading

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The perils of being optimistic and overconfident

Optimism drives you to persevere in the face of adversity, when the odds are against you. It gives you resilience. There is also a negative side to optimism. Be wary. Optimism is “widespread, stubborn, and costly…the optimism bias may well be the most significant of the cognitive biases.” Continue reading

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Mintzberg, Tolstoy, Kahneman on leaders and strategy: things are not as simple as they seem.

We tend to oversimplify reality. There are few domains so prone to this tendency than the study of the influence of great leaders and their strategies. Three outstanding authors offer remarkable insights: Tolstoy, Mintzberg and Kahneman. Continue reading

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What are the 5 top business plan pitfalls?

In this post I discuss the execution of the strategy. Business plans help articulate how new ventures enact their strategies. They include the value proposition, describe products and services offered, sales and marketing tactics, and other details about how the organization will execute the plan. Continue reading

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Barclays, GSK. How to fix corruption in large corporations.

“We have a profound issue — that is, an industry-wide issue, not just a Barclays issue” That’s what the former CEO of Barclays stated in front of a British parliamentary panel. This statement exemplifies the state of many businesses, from health-care fraud to bribery; this has not been a good year for corporate social responsibility. Continue reading

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10 governance lessons from Europe

The following are 10 insightful comments from Daems and Leterme on good corporate governance. Continue reading

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Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn: what, when and why

You’re busy, still resisting social media or already an adept but only using 1 or 2 of these popular tools. Here’s my take on it. Continue reading

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7 habits of socially responsible consultants

“…we can make a living being a mainstream radical…the world is changed by those with radical hearts and pin-striped suits.” Continue reading

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Finding your passion- lessons learned from a personal journey from business to social innovation

I rarely get very personal in my blog but my son will be leaving town at the end of the summer to go to university and I thought it might be interesting to reflect on some of the good and the bad career choices I made and extract a few lessons! Continue reading

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