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Are Working Women Missing Out on the Power of LinkedIn?

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Driving Gender Diversity | 0 comments

News revolving around LinkedIn and women has taken an interesting turn. One of the major stories going around is when a Barrister received sexist comments from older lawyers on LinkedIn. It’s gone to the extent where some women have been saying they started uploading “ugly” pictures to stop being preyed upon for dates on a network that is supposed to be strictly professional. All that said, LinkedIn still is the number one professional social networking site. It’s still the place to turn to find support, mentorship and simple life lessons for working women. Even though there’s much to be said about the number of groups for business women, the three...

How to Create Strong Diverse Teams with Rules of Engagement

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Last week I spent a couple days with an Emirati company devising and articulating their strategy. It was an amazing group: 5 Emirati’s, 2 Egyptians, 2 Indian’s, 2 Jordanians, a Palestinian and an American, plus a Dutchman (me) facilitating the whole event. As you can imagine their styles, experiences, outlook, aspirations, ways of expressing and decision making style were of all hues and colors. After some exciting and a few cases of exhausting discussions I think the outcome was brilliant. It proved that diverse teams are more creative and productive as compared to more homogeneous ones. Leading, and in my case facilitating, an ultra-divers group like this isn’t easy. Although...

How to Manage Employee Expectations of Your Company

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Global HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Have you ever been in a situation where the expectations your employee’s have regarding your company don’t match reality? This question is probably more pertinent for startups and smaller companies with a weak employer brand versus large MNC’s or a well-established local company. The consequences of failure to manage employee expectations can be damaging. It puts your company in danger of spending time hiring the “right” people only for them to realize that your company is the wrong fit. The result? A turnover which ends up sucking money and time into recruiting efforts which could have been avoided had the following steps been taken: 1. Employer Branding Efforts Expectations can and...

5 Remarkable Leadership Lessons from Volkswagen’s Failure

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

I’m still trying to digest this. One of the most iconic German brands has been caught cheating. Driven by an overzealous CEO with an ‘eyes bigger than your stomach’ appetite to become the largest car company in the world cheated customers in the hopes of buying time to find a technical solution that never came. As we all know, they got caught in their own ‘distorted reality field’ assuming that they could get away with murder. With praise to the tenacity of the American Environmental Protection Agency, they were discovered. As always in such cases the people at the bottom of the pyramid suffer. Workers who had nothing to do with the decisions might...

4 Women Entrepreneurs That Will Motivate You

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Driving Gender Diversity | 0 comments

I love a good story. I think lessons are driven home so much better if they come through the form of a story that the reader can relate to. With the year already coming to an end I’ve been going through some interesting articles of people who have made in 2015. It got me thinking, who are the women entrepreneurs who made a difference this year? Not the ones we hear about in the news but instead the ones which have interesting stories and discoveries. I looked into different industries – Social Work, Tech and one where the simplicity that lead to the success of the concept simply amazed...

How to Stop Failing at Self-Motivation: A Lesson From Whiplash

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Personal Growth | 0 comments

Over the past year people I know who love playing drums told me to watch ‘Whiplash’ (the much acclaimed film about an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory). Yesterday night I finally got around to it – and indeed it was a great movie. The drumming solo’s are remarkable but the movie is of course more about pursuing your passion, self-motivation, to be pushed to ‘out-do’ yourself and finding the inner strength not to give up. The core of the movie and its message comes down to the scene in which Fletcher (played by J.K. Simmons, who received an academy award...

Innovation Leadership – 3 Practices You Need to Let Go Of

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Transformational Leadership | 1 comment

There are endless articles and books on innovation leadership – about how the mix of different leadership styles are used to create better teams and organizations. And of course there’s no arguing the concept. But today, I’d like to approach the topic from a different angle, by identifying all the legacy habits that so many leaders, especially those in Asia and other frontier markets just have a hard time letting go of. 1. Autocratic Leadership I believe that one change we’ll see in leadership studies in the next ten, maybe twenty years is the elimination or at least minimization of autocratic leadership from leadership books and studies. In all fairness,...

The One Conversation You Need to Have for Team Success

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

I’ve just came back from a wonderful week in South Africa. Love the country, it’s people and although they are facing challenges, the mood is still pretty upbeat. I spent a couple of days with the leadership team of a large company to discuss how they can energize, inspire and lead teams to achieve their hidden immense potential. The company has a long history in South Africa and its performance has been lagging in recent years. The leadership team was utterly committed to turn it around and were keen to reflect on how they could do an even better job in leading their teams. One of the most amazing moments came when I...

How to Run Remote Teams: 4 Ultimate Strategies

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Transformational Leadership | 1 comment

Have you ever talked to a consultant in one of the larger global firms? I still find it fascinating how different people from all over the world come together to create a machine which solves the most complex problems for their clients. These people are so used to bringing talent together from all over the world aren’t phased at all from different time zones or never “meeting” the people they’re working with. They know that everyone has strengths to offer and focus on the goals that need to be achieved. But even with the best of intentions, working with remote teams, especially with “less-mature” workforces such as many in frontier...

How to Become a CEO: Mistakes to Avoid and Steps to Take

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Personal Growth | 0 comments

Rya has had a stellar career in a multinational company. She has been working with the organisation for 18 years, was identified early on as a potential CEO of the company and has all development actions aimed at making her CEO. She was given a number of different jobs and challenges in the same function in the early part of her career. Rya was expatriated to lead a team in a new growth market. She came back as the functional director and after a short stint, went on to lead another business function in the same company after which she was given the opportunity to become the general manager of another small market. And...