Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), Leadership, Minimising Risk, My Professional Growth, Top questions to ask

How to tell if you need a Mentor?

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People often assume that leaders automatically come up with the right answers because of the position they hold. The thought is that “they wouldn’t be leaders if they didn’t come up with the right solutions most of the time.” One would like to think so, but the reality is different. The leader of a business or organisation on Monday morning, may have ‘only’ been an executive last Friday. On Friday, they were good, perhaps very good, but not perfect. How did they become perfect over the two days between subordinate and boss roles? Leadership is as much about learning, evolution and personal growth as it is about the innate skills of leadership. The reality is, they didn’t. One of the ways that the gaps in skill, experience or world-view can be filled is by using a suitable mentor to assist the leader contemplate and make key decisions. A mentor should…

General Information - Miscellaneous, Leadership, Minimising Risk

How to build your strategy & action plan over lunch?

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To celebrate a special Anniversary date for CEO Mentoring, we wanted to introduce a new way to get together. If you want to get an expert and very experienced external Master Strategist’s one-on-one take on your issues resulting in a clear way forward, then arrange for us to meet over a lunch or dinner to discuss your biggest problems, challenges or opportunities. Come by yourself or with a small team of your executives, board members or investors. Expect to spend at least three hours with the expert. If you wish, forward a context document before the session to save time. The bigger the challenge you have and the nicer the meal, then the longer the session – anything from an hour to a few hours. Have been known to start with lunch – have extensive solution-related discussions for hours and end up with dinner – resulting in a crystal-clear plan…

Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), Human Capital, Leadership

Pitching to the Chairman

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If you’re trying to pitch an idea to the Chairman of the Board, here are a few tips that might help you: Pitch the concept efficiently and briefly: what does the Chairman need to know and understand to support the request? Pitch your message strategically: what are the medium to longer-term impacts and benefits for the organisation? Be professional, objective – and leave your ego at home Demonstrate the value to the business – specifically, how will it contribute to the organisation’s KPOs Briefly explain the operational requirements and impacts and its “do-ability” Understand stakeholder impacts (and what will be done about any negatives) Understand and explain any regulatory and compliance impacts (and what will be done about any negatives)     FREE E-BOOK ON HOW TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TOP MANAGEMENT  & BETTER UNDERSTAND COACHING / MENTORING – Click on the image.

Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), Human Capital, Leadership

3 Places You Wouldn’t Think You’d Find a Mentor

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This article brings to the fore the huge complexities of managing a modern career. The massive amount of information, the speed imposed by technology, the need to get things done through others over whom we have little power, the push for innovation, the imperative to collaborate and set up partnerships,…exceed the bandwidth of any human mind…our traditional heuristics have become obsolete. We need help and Jud Linville (CEO of Citi Cards) is concluding that mentors can be the answer. But how do you find the right mentor? READ THE FULL ARTICLE in Fortune Insiders. CEO Mentoring does not only find the right suitable mentor but will also have available Subject Matter Experts (SME) to ensure the Mentor and the Client have the right expertise on board at any one time.   CLICK – Access your free mentoring session!

Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), Leadership

Corporate Governance: The need for critical thinking on Boards

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I highly recommend reading a story titled ‘It is time to reform the make-up of corporate boards’ run by the Financial Times on January 3rd 2018. Over and above the structural changes that need to be made, it states the need for Board members to change their stance from one of justification of the status quo to one of hard-questioning how business is done. This is the criticial thinking that CEO Mentoring has been claiming of BoD for a long time.

Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), General Information - Miscellaneous, Leadership

The Six Fundamentals of Business

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When one explores the concept of business, one will find wide interpretations of what constitutes the fundamentals of business that apply universally. One can find hundreds (if not thousands) of interpretations of such principles – every commentator attempts to put a unique spin on this to justify their value and contribution. The reason they are incorrect or inappropriate is that one can find legitimate contexts where the proposed principle doesn’t apply, therefore that principle isn’t universal. There are six fundamentals that apply in all business situations, are they are: 1. The business exists to further the objectives of its owners. When one examines the mission statement of many of the world’s leading corporations, one will inevitably find references to the satisfaction of stakeholder objectives. These references not only acknowledge the owners of the corporation, but often, also identify other stakeholders such as employees, the community, the government, suppliers, and of…

Fashion & Retail, Leadership

Tom Ford’s top tips to build a Fashion Label

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We want to share a very business insightful article from VOGUE AUSTRALIA and journalist Julia Frank on Tom Ford’s top advice on building a Fashion Brand. With our Mentors and Subject Matter Experts, we understand, live and breath Fashion and Retail every day. You have below and in the article from Vogue a great  summary that will make your investment in time and money very profitable indeed. If you need more help, guidance and support or just operations expertise, send us an email or connect on social media such as Twitter. 1. “Trust your instincts when it comes to design.” 2. “Never sell a controlling interest in your name. Ever. Ever.” 3. “Decide for you if fashion is an art or an artistic business. This will affect how you set up your company.” 4. “If your president or chief executive officer thinks they know the difference between dark burgundy and…

Leadership, My Professional Growth

The Loneliness in Leadership

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  When we speak of “leadership” most people unsurprisingly think of CEOship. The reality is that although CEOs are certainly leaders, there are other leaders in the organisation apart from the CEO. Every person who has the responsibility for other people, is a leader of those people, regardless of where in the organisation they find themselves. The CEO is the leader of the entire organisation, but the field supervisors, for example, are responsible for, and the leaders of, the people and functions under their control. A leader is frequently very lonely in the role – not because they don’t have people to talk to, but because they can’t say certain things to certain people. This is not about “friendship” but about effectiveness. Everybody wants to be friends with the leader – it feels nice, it empowers the friend, and it strokes the ego – and that’s all OK and fairly…