Deana Mulligan

4 March, 2021

Former CEO of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America on how companies can close the skills gap

After the tragedy, if there is one thing the pandemic has given us it is a vision of the future: increasing levels of digital—potentially remote—working and more automation. On the horizon is a wo...
man with a torch in a dark forest

27 October, 2020

Leadership in wicked times

This extraordinary year has brought to the fore an unprecedented number of wicked problems—like Covid-19 or systemic racism. Global warming, developing over decades, arguably is the biggest one. Unl...
Jacinda Ardern

11 September, 2020

Women leaders are better at fighting the pandemic

On 8 June 2020, New Zealand was declared virus-free and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
combined CEO chair role

29 July, 2020

Centre stage vs. backstage: the two faces of leadership

The first face is heroic. It’s what leaders use to inspire and motivate, role-model behaviour and express an enthralling vision. The second is more practical. It’s the face leaders assume behin...
covid-19 leadership flattening the curve

26 May, 2020

What Covid-19 data can—and can’t—tell us about leadership

By now you will have seen, perhaps on a daily basis, statistics and charts tracing the state of the Covid-19 outbreak. Confirmed cases, recovered cases, active cases, deaths, the infection curve… th...
Woman signing up for remote learning on laptop

21 April, 2020

Remote possibilities: can you really learn leadership online?

After a key conference I was set to travel to was cancelled by the Covid-19 crisis I was persuaded to register for its alternative, an online "improving your decision-making" webinar. The promise o...
Stressed employee at his desk

25 October, 2019

Feeling drained? Why leaders must learn to manage their energy

When I ran into Dirk, a banking CEO whom I had known for some time, I asked him why he looked so down. After a short silence, he responded with an avalanche of words. He had been feeling exhausted. At...
financial services CEO, technology

9 August, 2019

Financial services CEOs ‘lack technology expertise’

Do financial services companies need chief executives with a background, or expertise, in technology? As a sector increasingly dependent on advanced technologies to maintain links with its vast cus...
governance

19 October, 2018

The governance revolution: time to take control

Long accustomed to operating in obscurity, company directors have found their peace and quiet disturbed lately by all kinds of clamour at the boa...
Secret NED, board leaders

5 October, 2018

Sink or swim: board leaders must go on a journey of discovery

Poor old boards. Battered and bruised by issue after issue. Not only do we have the most substantive changes to corporate governance for many years but an environ...