Month: September 2021

Achieving success in your career is a fine dance between pushing yourself to bend but not break. The upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic has however pushed more people to breaking point and burnout among Australia’s workforce is skyrocketing. Having spent the last 25 years working with CEOs and many of the country’s top executives, entrepreneurs,
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Sharing very bad news with employees—e.g., layoffs, department eliminations, benefit cutbacks, etc.—is among the most difficult and stressful communications a leader can make. But that burden comes with the job. Delivering highly consequential news to staff isn’t the role of human resources or internal communications executives; it’s the role of the chief executive. At the
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Risk is involved any time money changes hands. Accounts payable departments are constantly under attack from bad actors trying to trick them into sending money to fraudulent bank accounts. However, tight internal controls, ongoing training, and payment automation can all help reduce the risk. Payment automation enhances AP and finance security. It’s expensive and time-consuming
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A toxic leader is someone that hasn’t learned the correct leadership style to maintain a successful team, damages the well-being of their employees, and fails to contribute to a positive culture. Unsurprisingly, these toxic leaders can deeply impact the employee experience. Here’s how to retrain them for the better. More than almost anything else, the
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Image: Gucci Gucci has presented its Aria campaign and its one that properly celebrates the brand’s centennial year. Following Gucci’s Balenciaga-hacked Aria collection, Alessandro Michele has looked to re-showcase the collection this month through a completely different and edgy approach: a hazy, erotic film — which even has an 18+ advisory. Gucci has taken inspiration
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Mark Steffe believes that coaching and leadership in business and sports are very similar.  “Communicating isn’t just about delivering your message,” Steffe said. “It’s about somebody receiving it.” To illustrate his point, Steffe recalls a typical Little League scenario he faced when a struggling pitcher would elicit a “C’mon, throw a strike!” from a parent, practically
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Creativity is the most distinguishable quality for every leader in every domain. Creative leaders display distinctly different behaviors, values, and characteristics from traditional management, and they get exponential results, inspire creativity in others, build productive teams, and drive successful businesses. They embrace originality and make unique connections between disparate universes past and present to light
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Many business leaders talk about the value of diversity, claiming that they view the individual differences between their employees as a source of tremendous strength. These same leaders might even back it up by broadening their recruitment strategies, looking beyond top MBA programs for job candidates, seeking hires from other industries, and/or prioritizing minority applicants.
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Image: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Foundation From today (September 20) until October 3, the Arc de Triomphe will be wrapped in 25,000 square metres of fabric. The large-scale project was a longstanding vision of the late artists, Christo and Jeanne-Claude.  After three months of construction, the landmark built in Napoleon’s reign has been completely concealed in
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Image: Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce has joined the race for sustainable jetting with “Spirit of Innovation”, the company’s new electric aircraft. “Spirit of Innovation” took over two years of research and development, and recently completed its maiden flight in the UK. The historic event kicked off at the UK Ministry of Defense’s Boscombe Down testing facility in
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I’ve been fortunate to work with several companies during the pre-IPO phase. Some have been successful, and others less so. But companies that have successfully navigated this phase of growth have one thing in common: all had strong boards of directors with strategic mindsets, a commitment to preparation and a tactical focus on the endgame.
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We see countless examples every day of CEOs who enforce one set of rules for their company, while operating under a completely different set of rules for themselves. This hypocrisy is more obvious to your people than you might think, and can have devastating repercussions for company performance. In my corporate career, I was astounded
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Running a successful company requires all areas of the business to fire on all cylinders. Smart CEOs strive to create a high performance corporate culture that resonates with employees and reduces expensive turnover. However, at times the organization’s own leadership may unknowingly contribute and encourage a toxic workplace for the sake of success. Proactively addressing
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