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The Stone Age Entrepreneur

“Most top predators of the planet are majestic creatures. Millions of years of dominion have filled them with self-confidence. Homo-Sapiens by contrast is more like a banana republic dictator. Having so recently been one of the underdogs of the savannah, we are full of fears and anxieties over our position, which makes us doubly cruel and dangerous. Many historical calamities …

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Summer Reading for the Active or Relaxing Mind!

For those in the northern hemisphere, this is a time of year where you may find your mind and body lying on a beach towel, arm chair or in some other relaxing location treating your mind, body and soul to some downtime, along with a cool beverage. Some amongst us, can’t completely shut off and may still find the act …

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‘Strong’ Leadership – an oversold promise: some lessons from the political realm

Why does there appear to be a fashionable bias toward strong leaders versus effective leaders? What about leaders that appear weak according to conventional wisdom, but are effective and contribute in far more significant ways? Perhaps they are more likely to be consultative with colleagues and work for the betterment of her/his team, constituents, society or whomever s/he is accountable …

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Boosting new CEO Success: A data driven look

A recent study by McKinsey&Company looked at nearly 600 CEOs who left S&P 500 companies over a period of 10 years (2004 to 2014) and joined companies that were either under-performing or performing well at the start of their tenure. For each CEO they gathered information regarding their actions in their new roles from a range of sources (i.e. company reports, investor …

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Innovation and progress on Clean Technology and Renewable Energy on hold in the USA after Supreme Court ruling…

In a major set-back to further innovation in clean technology and reducing the planet’s largest polluter’s GHG emissions, the US Supreme Court in a highly unprecedented move yesterday ruled to put a temporary block on Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’, as a result of a lawsuit from 29 states and the Energy Industry in the United States. This ‘backward looking’ ruling …

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An important week in 2015: From Elon Musk’s new $1 Billion Not-for-profit, to Paris and Saudi Arabia

There were three unprecedented events globally last week that captured my attention, for more than just a few seconds. [A] Elon Musk’s announcement of his new $1 Billion not-for-profit to benefit humanity [B] a meaningful and unprecedented Global Climate agreement which was reached in Paris with support from almost 200 developed and developing nations, and [C] the first ever elections …

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Leadership, Collaboration & Syrian Refugees

While many may conceptually or intellectually agree with the practice and spirit of collaboration, few in my experience truly know what this means in practical terms to their work or participate in it wholeheartedly. How can we know how to, when apart from some group projects and team work at school or university (often completed by the most diligent person …

A $12 Trillion Business Case for Gender Equality in the workplace

In spite of my gender, I have always been a staunch advocate for gender equality and for having more women in leadership roles. As someone who has always been interested in creative, innovative and better ways of doing things in the workplace, I have found that the perspective women generally offer on virtually any subject matter is ‘thought provoking’ to …

Organizational Transformations – Is there method to the madness?

An organizational transformation is a challenging undertaking to even the most seasoned of Executive Teams. Few organizational transformations are deemed ‘successful’ and the majority are a far cry from their intended potential. A 2015 global survey conducted by McKinsey & Company, with over 1600 Executives from a broad range of regions, industries, company sizes, functional specialties and tenures – the …