• Leadership Amid Chaos

    If you thought business decision-making was already hard, how about decision-making when there is no actual solution – yet a decision still has to be made? Yes, that’s VUCA again, tying back to our blog post last month about a “VUCA world” (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). In the book Leaders Make the Future, author…

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  • Google’s Leadership Test – 5-minutes and 13 questions

    What if you could identify in 5-minutes whether or not someone had the potential to be a great leader at your company?  It might sound far-fetched, but when Google thinks they can do just that by asking only 13 short questions, it’s worth paying attention. Identifying leadership talent and putting that talent in the right…

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  • Danger in the Power Grid – of Leadership

    Would you stay silent if you knew your boss was making a decision that would have terrible consequences? If you were a South Korean co-pilot in 1997, you just might. In fact, you might even go down with the plane rather than question your captain. Power is often unequally distributed in societies and also within…

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  • After-Action Review – Final Presentation

    There is a discrepancy between what we experience and what we remember from an experience. According to the Peak-End Rule, conceived by Nobel-prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman1 and his collaborator Amos Tversky, “people judge an experience largely based on how they felt at its peak (i.e., its most intense point) and at its end…”2 rather…

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  • Business Simulations as Leadership Observation Labs

    A quote often attributed to Plato states, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” And when the play takes place within the serious gaming of business simulations, the discoveries and insights can be extremely useful in leadership development. Business simulations provide a fast-moving backdrop…

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  • Corporate Culture and Other Immeasurable Things.

    In response to the recent Wells Fargo fiasco, Lou Gerstner, former CEO of IBM, says that setting corporate values is not enough to guide good behavior and decision-making. You need to also measure the behavior you’re looking for. People don’t do what you expect (listen to the customer, respect diversity, develop employees), but what you…

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  • “Sandpaper” Leadership – The Importance of Grit in Business

    Accomplishing anything worthwhile in life requires determination and tenacity. But is there another level of “courageous persistence” that can offset a lack of pure talent? The characteristics of grit and resilience have been getting a lot of attention in business and in education. Recently, some of our international clients have made resilience a focus of…

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  • Want to Succeed at Something? Try Failing First.

    No one likes to fail. But if you’re serious about achieving success, then get ready to fail – maybe a lot. The key is to “fail well” so that the rewards outweigh the risks, as discussed in a recent Fool article about Amazon’s Fire Phone. If a company truly wants to innovate, it has to…

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  • Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank – Top 10 Rules for Success

    Great leaders can offer us valuable insights and advice. As such, we strongly encourage you to watch this 10-minute video of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s Top-10 Rules for Success. Click here to view it on YouTube. We’ve summarized his list below, but we recommend you watch the video to hear the story behind each…

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  • October 2015 – Secret Weapons in the War for Talent

    Secret Weapons in the War for Talent The war for talent is on. A war driven by the upcoming wave of retiring knowledge workers and the competition for their replacements. (click here to read some previous facts and figures compiled by PriSim) But how do you attract the best and brightest to your company above…

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