Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

Words like “consultant”, “workdriver” and “special projects” still create a PTSD style effect in my head. These words drip with corporate context, very clearly and precisely signalling whether you were succeeding or failing. The email announcing a VP moving to “special projects” triggered a global cascade of watercooler conversations where we each dissected and calibrated […]

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 at 23:01 0 comments

Last week Liam invited me to participate in a webinar titled “Pivoting Product and Product teams through a Crisis”. It was a real honour to be invited, as the panel was made up of a number of great product leaders from Sydney. Mable in particular has seen some big swings in supply and demand, as […]

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 at 13:30 0 comments

“Real men don’t earn salaries, they pay salaries”. This quote from “A Sparrow Falls”, the Wilbur Smith book that I am currently reading, really struck me like a slap in the face. Why was it so painful? How do I get to the stage where I am paying the salaries? Lately I have been trying […]

Friday, April 15th, 2011 at 22:13 0 comments

Seth Godin is my favourite marketing guru, and he recently published a free e-book that has statements from 70+ great thinkers. For me, reading these statements was the perfect way to reflect on the past year and motivate myself for a big 2010. There was one slide in particular that resonated for me. The ability […]

Monday, January 4th, 2010 at 12:01 0 comments

How many companies clearly define their culture and HR policy in a public way? Jack Welch of GE famously held the view that the bottom 10% of the company should be fired every year, but in the days of labor shortages that would be frowned upon. That’s why it was refreshing for me to see […]

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 at 18:40 0 comments

Harvard Business Publishing summarised the 360-degree feedback data on over 11,000 leaders from a study completed by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman. Here are the 10 most common leadership shortcomings, how many apply to you or your leader? Lack energy and enthusiasm Accept their own mediocre performance Lack clear vision and direction Have poor judgement […]

Thursday, June 18th, 2009 at 22:39 0 comments

A company culture is something that is very difficult to describe, let alone create. One of the blogs I read, systematicHR, posted up an interesting response post which covers the top-down flow effect that a CEO has on company culture. I think the closing lines sum it up very nicely: The CEO absolutely defines culture […]

Saturday, July 19th, 2008 at 21:37 1 comment