Northern Ireland’s manufacturers ‘fear for the future’

June 12, 2020 // ONE in eight manufacturers in Northern Ireland fear they won’t survive until the end of this year, a survey of the industry has found. Despite the widespread use of furloughing, three out of five firms are currently anticipating redundancies, with more than half likely to shed up to a third of […]

Zooming Before It Was Cool

April 17, 2020 // I wrote in my most recent column that the COVID-19 crisis was forcing long-gestating changes to our industry to come into being. I focused mostly on the damage these changes would wreak on firms that have failed to prepare for the future. But it won’t be all gloom and doom once this […]

Why asking better questions unlocks innovation

March 12, 2020 // We’re fully immersed in Playful Unlearning right now — having the ability to unlearn in order to relearn — and how we can implement this practice into our everyday work lives. The fact is, you can’t build upon old knowledge and rules alone, because they don’t work in these quickly changing, destabilizing […]

The leadership we need now

February 5, 2020 // In a few short weeks, in partnership with Women and Hollywood, the Athena Center for Leadership will host the 10th annual Athena Film Festival—an ambitious effort to address the underrepresentation of women in Hollywood, in front of and behind the camera. Films drive culture; they have an enormous impact on how […]

What we learned about leadership at the World Business Forum 2019

November 4, 2019 // Every year in the same period in Milan the spotlights turn on the themes of leadership at the World Business Forum , and this time too the event of Wobi , now in its sixteenth edition and now become a must for managers and professionals from all over Italy, has not […]

How to Seem Smarter, According to New Harvard Research: Change Your Mind More

September 19, 2019 // Stubbornness doesn’t make you look strong. It makes you look dumb. There’s a ton of advice out there for entrepreneurs on how to be resilient and stick with your dreams in the face of rejection. Obviously, toughness is a useful quality when it comes to building a business. But new research […]

How to future-proof companies and CEOs

June 21, 2019 // Many skeptics believed Best Buy was on the way to becoming the next Circuit City, an Amazon retail casualty. But under the leadership of chairman Hubert Joly, who recently gave up the CEO title, Best Buy stock is up 258%.

You should be setting fewer goals–and doing this instead

June 11, 2019 // Goal setting is traditionally considered the first step to achieving your dreams. But there’s actually another (possibly more effective) method. For many high-achieving people, goal setting is a familiar process. Decide what you want to accomplish, then make the goal SMART–that is, “specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.” Break it up into […]

How to Be a Better Friend

June 7, 2019 // We all have the habit of falling into the cycle of work and sleep and forgetting to respond to a friend’s text or missing an important date in their lives. But it’s important to maintain the friendships we have; after all, there’s no shortage of studies that suggest that friendship is […]

Hal Gregersen says questions are the answer

May 17, 2019 // New MIT Sloan Executive Education program helps executives identify “unknown unknowns” through catalytic questioning. Do you have challenges in your professional or personal life to which you seemingly have no answers? Most of us do. Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, author, and a motivational speaker, says we’re usually […]