Feature Content

Culture transformation: the leader’s role in shaping culture

Reading Time: 5 minutes

CEOs are essential for culture transformation, but not in the way you might think. With culture at the top of the agenda for many organisations, it’s important to understand what culture is, the role top leaders play and the best way to activate change.

5 ways to be an inclusive leader and build an inclusive culture

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To perform at their best, employees need to feel they belong. The concept of diversity and inclusion (D&I) has been around since the 60s and it’s excellent to see how it has matured. Some organisations are extending diversity beyond gender and culture into ways of thinking, risk profiles and leadership styles.

Building a global mindset

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Thanks to globalisation, the importance of having leaders who can bridge the cultural divide is paramount. As CEO, your aim should be twofold: to ensure you and your people have the skills and capabilities to compete on the world stage; and to build a business strategy, infrastructure and approach that make it easy to seize every chance to trade across borders. This might mean, for example, reviewing your products with overseas opportunities in mind

The role of creative thinking in business

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When I ask for examples of ‘creatives’ in a business context, most CEOs refer to graphic designers, advertising copywriters or jingle writers. They never consider that they could be — and should be — creative thinkers themselves. They are surprised when I tell them that leaders who abdicate responsibility for creative thinking to a few people in defined roles are limiting the potential of their organisations.

Create an enterprise mindset for the 21st Century

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If you and your business stand still, neither will survive. The only way to keep up is to have an enterprise mindset. Leaders with an enterprise mindset treat their organisations’ functions, geographies and systems as interconnected and interdependent parts of a cohesive structure with one goal: delivering what their customers want

Thriving leadership: supporting the wellbeing of employees

Reading Time: 3 minutes for introduction article; 15 minutes for Whitepaper (linked)

Over recent years wellbeing has attracted increasing attention and investment. This has been driven by several factors including societal attention on mental health and the growing understanding that organisations have a duty to improve health and wellbeing, not just mitigate risks.

 

Simultaneously, trends such as an increasingly global and competitive market, ageing population and rapidly changing technology, provide great opportunities to the way we work, but also significant threats to our wellbeing.

The Current Approach to Leadership Development is Failing Australia: Special Event Series

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We are pleased to offer a series of events on the future of Leadership Development in Australia. Our research shows the current approach lacks connection to strategy with too much emphasis on the executive level.

Our 10 favourite TED Talks

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At Maximus, we love TED Talks. They spark our thinking around a variety of subjects from sales training and leadership development, to neurology and organisational psychology. Here are the top 10 TED Talks that we use to stimulate our thinking and inspire others.

Top 3 resources on the rapidly changing business environment

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The idea of change has long rested in the minds of corporate executives as the market landscape becomes increasingly complicated. The lines between industries are becoming blurred and traditional business models are almost constantly being challenged.

Leadership consulting and my European experience

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Being a great consultant means creating meaningful relationships that last. Strong network ties and client engagement creates clients for life that not only create more opportunities for billable work, but also opens doors for exciting consulting opportunities.

Understanding the importance of emotional intelligence

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Growing research over the past 15 years suggests that another key ingredient distinguishes good leaders from great leaders – Emotional Intelligence or EI. Having a good understanding of others’ EI will help you to attract, retain and grow a robust leadership pipeline.

Success and survival — it’s all in the mind

Reading Time: 6 minutes

There are many stories of individuals who have overcome unbelievable odds, and through inner-strength, have pulled themselves to safety. But why? What makes these people different? Does this ability to survive translate into the business world?

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