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Values Coherence: Some Thoughts

WE ALL KNOW IT’S IMPORTANT – RIGHT?

Very few business curricula and texts fail to mention the importance of business values.

There are innumerable articles written about the benefits of ‘core values’ in business.

Somewhat fewer are those which dig into the implications of a lack of coherence between what a business states as its values, and what they do.

The Change-a-thon: Catalysing Initiatives

MARATHON? HACKATHON? CHANGE-A-THON!

Rising in popularity since the 1990s, “hackathons” originated within the software technology sector, in places such as Silicon Valley.

Rather than referring to individuals and groups seeking to circumvent computer system or website security, these events are about coming up with ideas and encouraging innovation.

Questions Every Leader Should Ask: Transformation

FREEDOM AND POSSIBILITIES

Our ‘Questions Every Leader Should Ask’ series was initially proposed as one of those ‘25 questions’ list-type articles that seem popular, at least
with those publishing fast content.

Once we started discussing which questions that would ‘make the cut’, we knew in our hearts that a snazzy looking quick-to-digest list wasn’t us.

The wrong question at the wrong time achieves, at best, nothing, and at worst does damage.

Questions Every Leader Should Ask: Org & Culture

ENRICHING THE INTANGIBLE

Organisation and Culture, or ‘Org & culture’, is a phrase that rolls deceptively easily off the tongue but encompasses so much.

For an employee it’s the difference between the job you love and the one that’s about making do until …

For an employer it’s what attracts and retains the right talent.

Questions Every Leader Should Ask: Strategy

AND SO, TO STRATEGY…

In the previous two articles of this series, we offered questions to kick-start or reinvigorate your thinking about Leadership and Governance.

Arguably, those were questions which a leader more likely asked of themselves, at least in the first instance, and discussed with others at a senior management level.

Both CEO & Chair: ‘Yea’ or ‘Nay’?

CEO, CHAIR, OR BOTH?

Historically, in companies with an executive board, it was common to find a CEO also holding the role of Chairperson.

However, there’s now been a clear shift in thinking in the corporate world and it is considered better practice governance to separate the roles of CEO and Chair of the Board.

Questions Every Leader Should Ask: Governance

QUESTION GOVERNANCE TO BUILD STRONG FOUNDATIONS

We believe strongly in the importance of asking questions! Thoughtful questions, probing questions, challenging questions, the right question at the right time.

Questions Every Leader Should Ask: Leadership

QUESTIONS CAN BE POWERFUL

As leaders, questions are often directed at us. Becoming caught up in only answering questions is a trap which dynamic, agile leaders actively avoid.

5 More Ways to Mess Up: Monumentally

A PORTRAIT. A MIRROR?

Nobody wants to mess up, but sometimes we do.

Sometimes we don’t ‘see the wood for the trees’, or the flaws in our own actions because we are focused on guiding, and perhaps judging, the actions of others.

Transformation: In Just One Year

DON’T TELL ANYONE… WE’VE BEEN DOING EXPERIMENTS

Part of leadership is experimentation.

Successful leaders have the capacity to try, fail, learn, and grow as part of actively continuing their own self-development. They are willing to take informed risks and learn through trial and error.

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