“In explaining why no executives had been let go, the CBA boss noted that even with strong standards there was little an executive could do to completely eradicate the risk of a rogue operator.” Daniel Palmer, Australian March 7th. ‘Rogue operators’ – really! Does the CBA’s violations really come down to rogues? What happened to […]
Accountability – the issue of our time
My business partner Joe has written a number of posts over the past six months on this topic and today’s hearings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse prompts me to add to the conversation. Accountability: the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable. Accountable: subject to the obligation to report, […]
Performance Management – It’s Not Rocket Science
After working with executives and executive teams for the past 11 years here at Hewsons, I have observed that performance management at all levels throughout an organisation comes down to two things. Make good decisions and effectively implement those decisions. Sounds simple, but actually, it’s quite complex. Here are some of the reasons why – […]
Trump is a Symptom of Bigger Issues
People are concerned that Trump may be elected as President and the damage he could do to the world. From my perspective, whether he gets elected or not, the source of his relative success if not addressed will continue and will show up in other ways. So if the US (and the world) is concerned about […]
What business leaders can learn from the Federal Election 2016
This election represents a clear failure of leadership. It is also a mirror for many of our organisations. The issues that are at the source of the election results are the same issues that are at the source of increasing cynicism in our business leaders and the low levels of engagement of the workforce. It’s […]
Authentic Leadership and Eddie Maguire’s behaviour
I was shocked by Eddie Maguire’s recent comments directed towards Caroline Wilson. If you have not yet heard what happened, here is a brief audio segment of what was said and there is a transcript in the Business Insider blog This is just three years after he made disparaging remarks towards Adam Goodes when he suggested […]
What Makes a Leader Inspiring?
Recently, I attending an event that featured Fiona De Jong, CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee. Fiona’s presentation and the answers she gave to questions left me pondering why I felt inspired by Fiona and for me, what is the source of inspirational leadership. Fiona talked about her vision of “being the most respected team […]
The Art of Managing Accountably
This post focuses on foundation aspects of ‘how to’ managing accountably. If you have not yet read my past post on “What does accountability actually mean? I suggest you follow the link and read about the thinking that underpins Hewsons’ approach to accountability before going through this post. Make sure that you are on the […]
“It’s all above board legally…..” Mossack Fonseca highlights the difference between what’s legal and what has integrity.
You would hope that the law actually underpins personal and organisational integrity but recent events have demonstrated that this is not necessarily the case. By not considering integrity along with legality, some Australian businesses are damaging themselves and the society they operate in. Not paying your fair share of tax to contribute to the society of […]
What does accountability actually mean?
People being more accountable, in my experience, is one of the top 3 outcomes that executives want from their leaders and any leadership development programme. But do they know what they are actually asking for? What accountability actually means to most organisations is meeting targets or budgets or cutting staff when the market turns bad […]
Is your team’s future being determined by the past?
I am coming into a new team this week, always a fascinating time. Speaking with each member of a team is a challenging process for me – trying to understand the business they are in, its drivers and its constraints, and the individuals themselves. Each business, team and individual is unique, however with teams […]
Why your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness
It’s always the same – when you discuss your strengths, you feel validated, and when you discuss your weaknesses, you feel invalidated. We think strengths are good, and weaknesses are bad. There have been books and articles written on focusing on strengths and downplaying weaknesses, for example, “The 10 most important personality traits for career […]
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