Developing the organization

Developing the organization means developing the leaders in the organization. Leaders should be humble enough to understand that they cannot move an inch in developing their organizations unless they develop themselves first.

Executive compensation

Executive pay should not be associated with the financial performance of the organization, but with the overall value generated by the organization. Most CEOs receive their reward packages based on the financial returns they deliver to shareholders. How much value has been created to employees, customers, vendors, society, and shareholders? The focus should not be […]

Companies are full of managers not leaders.

Companies are full of managers whose ability to inspire and drive positive change in people’s lives is extremely limited. Managers know how to manage reports, capital, and assets, but they do not know anything about the business of inspiration. How do they lead and inspire people? They are inexperienced in the way they inspire and […]

Leadership not management skills.

Most managers have learnt the skills of managing capital, assets, or systems but they have never been taught how to inspire and look after people. What they have learnt is the art of management and the ability to generate results that are interpreted as beneficial to the senior management. Leadership presents a fundamental task: How […]

Worth rethinking

Ultimately, a leader’s job is merely to inspire people to do great things and look after them while doing so. If you are not that leader, then it is advisable to reconsider your leadership. It does not cost money to do that, but it does require a radical behavioral change in putting people first before […]

If an organization is purposeless

If an organization is purposeless, their vision statement is a bunch of words that does not add up. It is born dead. Without a clearly articulated purpose, the organization cannot command its leadership responsibility. Purpose is the difference that you are making in the world. Vision is how the world would look like when you […]

The major causes of failure

Working with different organizations in reassessing their cultures and empowering their people, I have reached a conclusion that the major causes of failure that are found in most organizations can be cascaded down to two: The overwhelming influence of management thinking. The inability to understand and apply the right model of leadership. Do you think […]

Executive pay

If the reward system is thoughtfully designed and carefully implemented, it harnesses the behavior and performance of everyone in the organization. A badly structured executive reward system negatively affects executives and non-executives. It has serious behavioral and psychological consequences on the executives’ performance and the whole organization. There is no doubt that the executive reward […]

Culture is by design not by default.

Most leaders treat their cultures as a by-product. Employees and customers often describe or talk about a great experience which they had with this company or that company. Culture is a brand. Leaders must fixate their sights on thoughtfully designing their organizational culture to be the brand that truly reflects what they stand for and […]

It starts and ends with leadership.

Organizations do not fail by themselves; leaders push them to the edge. A great culture is by design. Who designs or ruins the culture? Leaders do. A great or bad working environment for employees is the leaders making. Meaningful products and outstanding services are the outcomes of great leaders on board. The positive or negative […]