Category Leadership

Do you Have the Wrong Mission?

I made a little change to the classic story about 3 men building a cathedral… Working on a Cathedral In the distance I see the construction site of a future cathedral. I approach the site and see three men laying bricks. I approach the first man and ask “what are you doing?” He says “I am […]

What does the Board do?

This post describes Corporate Boards – What do they do? How do I join one? and What are my responsibilities as a Director? A board of directors is a body of elected or appointed members who jointly oversee the activities of a company or organization, which can include a non-profit organization or a government agency […]

A team can be heaven or hell: what makes the difference?

A team can be heaven, a team can be hell: what makes the difference? This is a story I shared a few months ago during the ACE16 conference at Harvard. The story of Heaven and Hell There’s a man that all his life he’s had one singular worry. He wakes up every morning with this […]

Seven Leadership Lessons From Brexit

“Leadership is the art of making difficult judgments in the face of uncertainty, and it is about shaping a path for others to follow.” Prof. Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School. Professor Birkinshaw provides 7 lessons from the political turmoil of Brexit – about how to fail, and occasionally how to succeed as a leader. Business […]

Commencement Speech: Emmanuel Faber – “Who is your Brother?”

I’ve just added another great Commencement speech to my youtube playlist: Commencement Speeches Emmanuel Faber gave the commencement address at HEC this year, 2016. The first half is in french, the last in english.  Emmanuel tells a powerful personal story, describes 3 diseases, and asks us a question… This is a powerful speech.  You’ve got to watch […]

6 keys to leading positive change: Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Do you want to start something? Do you want to grow something? Do you want to make the world a better place? Rosabeth Moss Kanter is a Harvard Professor that has spent her life looking at what it takes for leaders to get things done. 6 Keys to Leading Positive Change Show up – if […]

How to Learn Charisma (17 Specific Practice-able Tactics)

What is charisma?   Charisma means “special gift” in Greek.  It is something that allows some people to magnetically attract others to them and their projects. Is it innate or can it be learnt?  According to John Antonakis, Marika Fenley and Sue Liechti in the Harvard Business Review June 2012 article “Learning Charisma”, it is learnt. How to Learn […]


Zero Executive Presence: “When I speak, people don’t listen. Why is that?”

Student: “When I speak, people don’t listen.  Why is that?” Teacher: “It depends…” It always depends… There are many possible reasons that people don’t engage with you, don’t care about what you are going to say, don’t pay attention. Rarely does anyone come to me and say “I need help.  I am boring.” However, this condition is […]

The #1 Obstacle in Teaching Leadership

The mission of the IESE Business School, where I teach about 1,000 EMBA, MBA and Senior Management participants each year, is to “develop leaders who aspire to have a deep, lasting and positive impact on people, firms and society” and I have spent a lot of the last 13 years attempting to find a way to […]

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day to be a Leader

I came across a TEDx talk today by Drew Dudley about Leadership. It is called “Creating cultures of leadership”. He explains his first ever class on leadership. After the class, a participant came up and said “I thought I understood leadership, but now I don’t. Could you explain exactly what you mean by leadership?” He could […]

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