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Leadership development: what it takes to stake the C-Suite

Leadership development: what it takes to stake the C-Suite
The skills it takes to reach the C-suite aren’t enough to keep you there. When it comes to leadership development, as the Harvard Business Review says, “Once people reach the C-suite, technical and functional expertise matters less than leadership skills and a strong grasp of business fundamentals.”

So how does an individual undergo the kind of leadership development needed to claim his place in the C-suite?

 
 
 

Workplace diversity: for results, not just appearances

Workplace diversity: for results, not just appearances
Why do workplace diversity programs fail? Where do I start?

Perhaps with this: they’re sometimes run so that a few people can say to themselves and their colleagues, ‘My organisation has a diversity program’...
 
 
 

Want to be a CFO? Read this...

Want to be a CFO? Read this...
If you're a finance professional and you’re thinking about becoming a CFO one day, you may need to change your behaviour.

If your analysis of a market trend, opportunity or risk to the business gets ignored, well then you have two options. You can go to lunch, thinking it's enough to have filed a report. Or you can seek out whoever will listen and make sure your point is heard.

 
 
 

Leadership qualities: who’s got the goods on your team?

Leadership qualities: who’s got the goods on your team?
Contrary to what he or she believes, the loudest person in the office may not be the leader of the future. Instead, that person may be the one who is most self-critical – but has leadership qualities in droves.

Consider this quote from Forbes.com columnist Victor Lipman, who believes the most effective executives he’s met display “realistic assessments of their own abilities – their strengths and weaknesses, their effect on others, the gaps that needed to be filled.”

 
 
 

What makes a good IT project manager?

What makes a good IT project manager?
The key to choosing a great IT project manager may lie in their ability to be extremely adaptable, rather than how they fit a certain selection criteria.

Many organisations try to tick as many boxes as possible that match the industry, culture, behavioural and academic fit when selecting a person who will steer and deliver a project that may yield an evolutional change for the business.

 
 
 

Why psychometric assessment beats gut instinct every time

Why psychometric assessment beats gut instinct every time
In ten years of professional recruitment I have averaged about 500 job interviews a year, or 5,000 in total. So you might think I’d be the first person to say that the gut instinct a recruiter develops is more powerful than psychometric assessment. You’d be wrong.

Despite the fact that I interview people for a living (you could call me a professional interviewer), I rarely leave a recruitment process or the acquisition of talent to my gut instinct alone.

 
 
 

Diversity in the workplace: Are we all just asking the wrong question?

Diversity in the workplace: Are we all just asking the wrong question?
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” So said Henry Ford on why he used his own initiative to develop the mass produced automobile – and the same logic can be applied to the issue of gender equity across organisations today.

The reason Mr Ford didn’t ask the American people what they wanted was because he knew it was the wrong question.

 
 
 

Boiling point: Are today’s IT project managers under too much pressure?

Boiling point: Are today’s IT project managers under too much pressure?
A litany of failed or off-track projects has culminated in businesses withholding key information from newly recruited IT project managers, perpetuating the revolving door mentality permeating the industry.

Today’s IT project managers are finding it incredibly difficult to manage expectations as organisations come under increased pressure to deliver huge programs of work to strict timelines.

 
 
 

Does Kids Football Have More Clarity Than Your Business?

Does Kids Football Have More Clarity Than Your Business?
You can see it every Sunday on football pitches across the country. It’s not the teams with the best individual players that consistently win.

Every Sunday I coach a kids football team. I have 14 highly excited children, kids with different personalities and different technical skills, exhausted from a week at school. In two hours, how do I bring this disparate group together into one cohesive unit that scores goals? How do I teach them team work?

Two words: common purpose.

 
 
 

Why workplace diversity is so much more than gender

Why workplace diversity is so much more than gender
When you hear the phrase “workplace diversity” you might assume it’s all about gender. But diversity also spans age, ethnicity, perspectives and experience.

And it matters because, not just in accounting but across all professions, a diverse workforce delivers better business results.
 
 
 
 

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