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

How to start your strategy with “WHY”

Today is my session at SMUs Future Ready Forum where I talk about how to integrated the new digital environment into your strategy. I set out the case last week.

for the last three years, I’ve been helping companies think through and communicate strategy and it still amazes me that many companies have no clear idea  WHY they should succeed.  They have strategies, sure, and capabilities, and know where they are competing, but have no heart to their businesses, no reason WHY.Read more

Some general mental models

I hope you now understand that mental models and mental tools are more than just a model of the brain, they are valuable adjuncts to how you are able to work. In todays last session, lets cover more general mental models that could be of use.

I recently came across Charlie Munger’s 1995 speech, The Psychology of Human Misjudgment, which introduced me to an explanation of what I’d been doing all my business life – using the power of  applying mental tools from a wide array of disciplines and applying these to the business questions I had.Read more

Mental models on Learning

Learning is certainly more than classrooms, teachers and right answers…. its the lifelong process of building the skills you need.  Here are the tools I used to build a learning environment.

I recently came across Charlie Munger’s 1995 speech, The Psychology of Human Misjudgment, which introduced me to an explanation of what I’d been doing all my business life – using the power of  applying mental tools from a wide array of disciplines and applying these to the business questions I had.Read more