Diversity ∝ Leadership

Diversity ∝ Leadership

Diversity and Inclusion departments work extremely hard on equitable and balanced hiring, a highly perused process today. There is diversity of gender, ethnicity, language, pedigree, and perspective. A corporation’s goal-as a profit-maximising entity- is not simply to have ‘check-the box’ diversity, but to utilise ir in order to become better. Multiple perspectives nearly always create a stronger organisation with clearer…

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Cross-cultural cantatas and chorales

Cross-cultural Cantatas And Chorales

A client once got hold of me a few years ago to ask if I did coaching for communication. One of his 'high-po's' in Tokyo was having difficulty communicating on conference calls. He asked if that was something I did. I asked him whether it was her lack of English fluency, or knowing what to say but getting tongue-tied. He quickly replied that…

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Coaching For Wha’?

Can we not call it coaching anymore? I'm not sure what we should call it, but the ubiquity of  “coaching” is now astounding. From the oft-used executive and career coaching, there have sprouted a number of subsets. As is true with many practices today, such as medicine, everyone must specialise, but this not quite the same as paediatric nephrology. Performance…

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Ill Repute

A lunch conversation the other week, and we turned our talk to a mutual friend. My lunch partner (who does not work with him, but partners with others in the company) had recently spoken with him about his challenges inside the organisation. "I told him-very indirectly-that his boss has been asking around about him. Nothing pointed, but he’s asking around."…

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Tell Me You Love Me–A Tale of Talent Loss and Retention

I recently spoke with a friend, a very accomplished professional in her field, working for a well-known MNC. She’d considered leaving them for another company (not a competitor), and they had just increased her overall package, so she was staying put. I asked her what had happened. She told me that she really enjoyed the company, the culture and colleagues…

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Listen Up

Listen Up

I recently spoke to an ex Australian government official about Tony Abbott. “Abbott”, he said, “is not a good listener. He does as he pleases, and it is him calling the shots, not his foreign ministry nor those in his cabinet. What you see in the press is just Abbott being Abbott.” “Fair enough”, I replied, “but strikes me John…

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How some companies interview badly; 5 suggestions to raise the bar

I once had a corporate client with bad interviewing habits. It wasn’t just one person; the slowness to hire seemed to be part of their culture, a rather sclerotic interviewing process. The visible damage was often good candidates, initially interested in joining but lost interest after a few months, and later spoke disparagingly about them, reputational bruising which was unnecessary,…

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