Monday
Dec062010

TRUE SELF AND LEADERSHIP, OR WHY THE LONE RANGER MAKES A LOUSY LEADER

A modified version of my article first appeared in the Business Spectator under the title "Why the Lone Ranger Makes a Lousy Leader". It argues that the most effective and fulfilling way to lead is to be yourself, but there are many obstacles to doing this. Examples are given of senior managers who have struggled with this challenge.

 

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Friday
Nov122010

THE RELATIONAL DILEMMA OF LEADERSHIP

This Article explores how leaders relate more effectively to the groups and organisations which we lead. It was first published in an edited form in the Business Spectator.

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Sunday
Oct312010

Sustainability and Executive Education: A Call for a New Model

This paper specifically addresses the role of business schools and attempt to provide some thoughts and ideas as to how business schools can adapt and lead by taking an educational leadership role in climate change and sustainability in general. The emerging business case for sustainability now finds that it is required to include both profit improvement opportunities and risk mitigation requirements. New market forces are creating new profit opportunities and threatening companies' social license to operate. A smart sustainability strategy address both and is why for climate change adaption the vision that sustainability makes good business sense.

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Monday
Jun282010

Attfluence or Doing Leadership Differently?

Mt Eliza Senior Leadership Program and Others

Kirsten McMahon-Cook credits the Mt Eliza Leadership Program with being one of the most confronting and insightful experiences of her professional development to date.

The program had such a profound impact, she says, it helped her to reach a recent life-changing decision to temporarily exit corporate life and complete her Executive MBA full-time at MBS.

It was a bold move for the mother-of-two to resign from her role as Oceania Fuels Marketing Manager for Shell Australia and commence full-time study. But she sees it as an essential step in her professional journey from a manager to leader and an investment in her future career.

"The Mt Eliza Leadership Program is a very individual program in which everyone gains their own experience of growth and insight," she explains. "It has certainly made a considerable difference to how I view myself and how I perceive leadership."

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Monday
Jun282010

What's new in Negotiations

Twenty five years ago Roger Fisher from Harvard Law School wrote a slim book called “Getting To Yes” which initiated a whole wave of new thinking about the potential of negotiation and its utility beyond the stereotypical buying and selling of a used car.

The first wave of this thinking focused on two key ideas – the Integrative dimension of negotiation and consequent potential for value creation from differences and conflict, and the importance of Relationships. Over time, this new way of thinking came to be known as Mutual Gains Theory.

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