CEO Headaches after a Merger or Acquisition

We have less than a hundred days to the close of the banking sector consolidation programme. Someone may say, “What really is the fuss over this particular exercise?” Let’s get it over with and talk of other things”. I submit that next to the governance of our dear country, this is the other thing we have to do and do right. There are real challenges ahead and CEO’s may have lost sleep. It may not be a good prayer to wish to be a bank CEO at this time. Obviously the banks seeking to kidnap wealthy acquirers have migraine already; considering that the … [Read more...]

Vacancy: Robots Wanted!

You have never seen a vacancy ad with such a title and there is good reason for that – it is because no one would dare declare that they are looking to employ robots instead of human beings. But if you take a second look within governments, parastatals, churches, educational institutions, companies, committees (in short everywhere) what you see is that Presidents, CEOs, leaders, managers, supervisors are more comfortable with employees or members who do what they are told . . . someone who you can bet would always agree with the majority. In essence a … [Read more...]

How Humility Impacts the Bottom-line (2)

Organizational learning rises and falls on the personal learning orientation of its leaders. It is until we institute continuous searching and learning as a personal pursuit before we can underscore its importance in the corporate world. Well, herein lies a challenge. In today’s fast paced world people say they have become too busy (or too distracted) to even read. So how is learning or continuous learning going to happen? Just how? If you ask me, reading as a source of personal competitive advantage is fading fast. Reading as a fundamental bridge … [Read more...]

How Humility Impacts the Bottom-line

The title of the book is ‘How Toyota Became Number 1: Leadership Lessons from the World’s Greatest Car Company’ by David Magee. It’s a book I have had in my library for some time now. The copy with me was published in 2008. Exactly one year after, Toyota began to careen down from its heights; recalling over 8.3million cars; resulting in massive loss in reputation, loss in double-digit billions of dollars; a pile of lawsuits and most especially loss of customer lives. Listen to this commentary from David Buss in 2010: “Not very long ago at all, Toyota was … [Read more...]

Hiring Great Talent Takes GUTS!

Hiring great talent takes guts. It takes a lot of nerve to decide to only hire the best man/woman for the job, regardless of environmental influence, no matter whose ox is gored. And these pressures are real, let’s not make light of it at all. But a lot of the pressure also comes from inside of you. This has made it very difficult for people to assemble the best team possible to them. I’ll give you an example. One of Abraham Lincoln’s earliest political enemies was Edward Stanton. In one speech he called Lincoln a “low, cunning clown,” in another he … [Read more...]

Beyond Business Model: Why A People Model Will Be The Next Differentiator (2)

This is the concluding part of the series 'Beyond Business Model: Why A People Model Will Be The Next Differentiator'. If you missed the first part, you can click here to read it. I strongly suggest you do for proper understanding of what's going to be discussed in this article. Inspiration and values. This speaks of quality of leadership; organizational values & behaviours; reputation of organization; risk sharing; recognition and communication. Would you channel your “discretionary effort” into your work if you believed that your organization’s … [Read more...]

How Many Need A New Boss? (2)

A New Bosship model: Partnership and Release We are being tasked to create new solutions, or new approaches to old problems, and to open new vistas of opportunities. The older generations happened to create a lot of wealth but also matched them with problems. To survive, to resolve the quagmire, to match their success or to even exceed it (which is actually what is required), would task the ingenuity of each of us and most importantly, the collaborative energies of us all. Therefore the new boss model should be one that is focused on partnering with … [Read more...]