“There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.” After a year of uncertainty and significant hostile disruption, many business leaders will relate with the sentiment of Henry Kissinger’s quip. But the problem is that it also rings true, at least in terms of readiness.
In the run up to this year’s Davos gathering of the great and the something or other, the founder of the World Economic Forum, professor Klaus Schwab, issued an extraordinary one pager in the 11 January edition of the Financial Times.
When it comes to staff priorities to consider throughout this year, there are three standout things that businesses must be prepared for.
As a business leader, what will you do to make boosting productivity in your company with a one per cent improvement in 2017 happen?
The changing face of the world’s macro-political landscape got Tracy Ebdon-Poole thinking about how leadership needs to be an efficient mechanism.
As Henry Thoreau once observed, success usually comes to those too busy to look for it. At some point, however, most business leaders will find themselves taking stock of their lives. And despite running a successful business, being perceived as a terrific leader and having all of the outward trappings of success, many will still feel unfulfilled.
As any chief executive will know, when taking over the helm of a company it’s important to first identify the most powerful lever of competitive advantage at your disposal. From my experience, this is always the culture of a company’s people – and it can act as a powerful business accelerator.
Head of the Secret Intelligence Service and James Bond’s eponymous superior, M, has been selected as one of the best fictional bosses to work for.
While the new president-elect is a perfect example of a maverick leader, strong vision, strategy, leadership can be achieved through other means.
Have you ever heard the story of how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met Snapchat boss Evan Spiegal? Let’s say they didn’t get off on the right foot and it ended with the latter buying a copy of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
As a business owner, at some point you’re going to have to speak to a lot of people, whether it be in a meeting or on a big stage. But even if you’re scared or straight up shy, there are basic rules that will help you be a great public speaker.
Anyone who has ever started their own business will know just how challenging it can be. In the early days, when resources are stretched to the limit, you have to take on everything from setting the vision for the business and bringing in the sales, to the marketing, accounting, HR and more – but effective delegation is your best friend.