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So many actors, so few Oscars (The importance of succession planning)

This article in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye: “Warren Buffett Further Reveals Succession Plan at Berkshire Hathaway” written by Nicole Friedman. The article discusses the two candidates identified by Warren Buffet as potential candidates to take over the top job at Berkshire Hathaway when he eventually retires. This article immediately made me think of Jack Welch’s First Rule that he describes in Winning. Welch describes the process of continuously evaluating your team members to identify development areas and areas where the team members are performing well. While Welch got a lot of flak for this principle of differentiation it is only through this process of differentiation that you could get to the point where someone like Warren Buffet can identify one or two people to take over.

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Happy NOW Year – Goal Setting For Success

At the start of every year, I write an article on New Year’s Resolutions. This year I wanted to take a bit of a broader look at goals in general and goal setting in particular. There is a famous quote that says: “Goals are dreams with a deadline.” There is much wisdom in that quote as it summarises the whole idea behind what goal setting is. Thus in a nutshell goalsetting is aiming toward a specific end product or action while keeping yourself accountable for achieving that behavior/product/action by a particular date.

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Leading Trust Capacity Growth – The 4 C’s

In last week’s reading about the trust triangle we found that individuals that share more are known more and therefore easier to trust. This week I will write about the other principle mentioned in the 1st module of the ICOPE program namely the 4 C’s of trust based on the book of my dear friend Jonathan Low from Singapore. 

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Leading Trust Capacity Growth – The Trust Triangle


All leaders know how important trust is. Often when I speak to leaders they indicate to me that nothing can be done before trust is built.  In the ICOPE training we learn 2 principles on Trust with the ultimate aim of gaining insight into the generation of trust in our followers.

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Leadership Every Day

Recently I was tasked to write an essay on whether a leader is born or if a leader is made (trained). This is an extension of the age old question that asks, what came first? The chicken or the egg? Jokes aside, the question on whether leadership (or any other skill/ability) is innate and inborn or is it something you can acquire with training and experience. The answer may not be as simple and it may be difficult to answer that question in a 500 word essay. However, the fact is whether you’re aware of it or not and whether you like it or not, you are influencing (leading) people every day. I would like to illustrate this fact with two short video clips.

  • Time: 2 minute read (412 words)
  • Video 1: 1:33
  • Video 2: 6:20
  • Total time: 10 minutes

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