Leaders…Get Unfocused

How often do you hear people say, “we just need to focus” or “we need innovation”? I hear both, constantly. The issue is this – hyper-focus is great if you are making medicines or building planes or sequencing genomes. A lack of focus is needed when you are trying to...

Indecision Induced Crisis

How do we imagine the unimaginable and plan for what we cannot conceive? Push ourselves as we might, it is not possible to predict the future. But we do know the following: Markets will change New technology will emerge Leaders will depart We know these things will...

Succession Planning is Dead

The age-old way of doing succession planning doesn’t have much life left in it. We need to call it what it is – dead. Usually, it’s dead on arrival. The mere mention of ‘succession planning’ evokes visions of routine, monotony and compliance. It is...
Leaders…Be Quiet!

Leaders…Be Quiet!

I’ve noticed that great leaders don’t monopolize conversations. They guide and they shepherd. It may take the form of interrupting, but the main thing they do is influence and direct. Even on Shark Tank, the aggressive investors listen and they know what...