How to transition into a leadership role

Recent extensive research has revealed a disproportionate percentage of executives were unprepared to inspire and lead themselves and others to achieve higher levels of performance in an increasingly complex and demanding global marketplace. Powerful executives are those who consistently produce excellent results while maintaining personal energy and enhancing their relationships as well as the skill and commitment of those they lead.… Read more

4 reasons why leaders fail

I see often that Companies move younger employees with less experience into executive roles faster than ever. And they don’t always prepare these leaders for what they will find at the top. Its my role with SMU to assist leaders prepare for their future roles.

That’s just one reason 50-70% of executives fail within the first 18 months of promotion into an executive role, either from within or coming from outside the organization(Of those, about 3% “fail spectacularly,” while nearly 50% “quietly struggle.”).… Read more

Should i learn about Design thinking?

Yes! and come to SMU to learn about it.

Last post was about strategy and differentiation, one of the ways to ensure you are differentiated is to think in a design thinking way.

Design Thinking is a tool for innovation, which uses a consumer-centered approach that puts the discovery of highly detailed consumer needs at the forefront of your innovation process.… Read more

Strategy 101

Strategy professor Michael Porter said:

Strategy is about choices: you can’t be all things to all people.



Porter, author of Competitive Strategy, is widely known in business circles and is thought of as the father of modern business strategy theory. His central thesis is that businesses can create and sustain a competitive advantage in the marketplace by following one of two strategic choices: 1) cost leadership or 2) differentiation.… Read more

5 disfunctions of a team (5) Inattention to results

You’ve inherited what you consider a dysfunctional team, but what makes you think they are dysfunctional? We’re on our last leg now. The team trust one another, have productive meetings where positive conflict is mandated, share commitments and hold each other accountable… but a lack of focus on results can ruin a happy group.

Patrick Lencioni created a very understandable model about how and why teams are dysfunctional and how you can assist them to function better. … Read more