In 1967 the Beatles released “St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Bored by touring, the Fab Four invented a virtual band and came up with the first concept album. It was a bold statement about the positive spirit of the “Summer of Love”, inspired by eastern philosophical thinking, at a time when everybody was intoning “we are doing it for the better good”. George Harrison strolled around Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco, wrapped in varicoloured clothes, and sang: “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”
Spend an evening in the kitchen of a busy restaurant and you realize that tight deadlines, relentless pressure, ever more demanding customers and troubles with raw materials are not the monopoly of the management world. The kitchens of the world and their leaders offer abundant lessons for executives prepared to dip a finger into the sauce and take a taste.
by Andrew Kakabadse
Throughout history, individuals attracted to leadership roles have been characterised by a strong desire to pursue their own personal interests, in addition to those of the cause or organisation they head.
In a breakthrough executive trends global research study (2011) that I conducted with my colleague, Bonnie Hagemann, we clearly confirmed that identifying and developing high-potential and emerging leaders is and will continue to be one of the top business issues facing CEOs. In most organizations, 40 to 70 percent of all executives will become eligible for retirement in the next five years.
What dance step do you choose when you take to the floor with a 900-pound gorilla? Whatever step the gorilla wants, of course. An old joke, but that’s what the world’s companies have been learning over the last two decades. As China’s and its state-owned enterprises’ power increases, Western firms and rules of competition will not be leading the dance. China‘s will.
Great counter intuitive research by Chengwei Liu of @WarwickBSchool http://t.co/hhC7RMh1h36 hours ago
Look out for Rita McGrath's new book, out soon. In the mean time enjoy her T50 interview with Des Dearlove http://t.co/gkJUlDHVjK14 hours ago
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