What team are you playing for?

What team are you playing for?

‘My team works well. This team is less effective.’ I hear many versions of this when I work with leadership teams. ‘My team’ typically refers to the vertical slice of the organisation led by the executive (‘my division’ – my direct reports and me). ‘This team’ is the executive team.

Be afraid. And be brave anyway

My 8-year-old daughter and I love to read a good book together. Over Christmas we read “The Explorer“, about four children whose plane goes down over the Amazon, killing the pilot and leaving them stranded. This exchange between Con, an 11-year-old girl, and The...

Is your leadership team solving puzzles or mysteries?

Is your leadership team solving puzzles or mysteries?

Yesterday I had the privilege of hearing Malcolm Gladwell** speak in Melbourne on ‘The Future: Disrupted and Reimagined’.

He began by talking about two foreign policy security challenges faced by the US. The first was the Cuban Missile Crisis in1962. To understand if the Soviets really had missiles, more data was needed, and an Air Force U-2 spy plane was dispatched to take photos.

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