Monday, January 30, 2012
Vince Molinaro is Managing Director of Knightsbridge's Leadership
Practice. Vince’s unique value is his ability to help
organizations build strong leadership cultures to achieve and
sustain extraordinary business results.Vince has an original and
timely perspective on leadership with ideas that are...
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Over the last year, my colleagues and I at Knightsbridge have been
working on building our social media presence. Many of my clients
have started to reach out and ask how social media can help with
leadership development. But before you can do that, you’ve got to
know what social media actually is....
Friday, October 12, 2012
This past weekend, the cartoon on the cover of the New Yorker
Magazine showed Mitt Romney debating an empty chair. The joke, of
course, is on Barack Obama, and what many feel was his lackluster
performance in the first presidential debate. It also calls to mind
Clint Eastwood’s chat with a chair at...
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
“When am I going to find time to lead?” I get this question a lot
during leadership development programs. As I explain how the job of
being a leader keeps growing, some people can’t see how they’ll be
able to do it. But anyone who’s asking that question doesn’t really
understand what it means to be...
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
On July 16th, Yahoo announced Marissa Mayer as their new Chief
Executive Officer. Even though this would be Mayer’s first time as
a CEO, media feedback was favourable. Largely because of her
success at Google where she was seen as a trailblazer who brought a
unique combination of technical smarts,...
Monday, August 27, 2012
In his book Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma Dr.
Nick Morgan shows how individuals can present an image of
authenticity and respect for their audience - whether it’s a team,
an executive meeting or through a one-on-one conversation. Nick’s
four-step process is extremely valuable for...
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Leaders with real influence will have clout in their organizations.
Business Insider ran an article last week about some recent changes
to Klout, the social network service that ranks people based on
their influence. For one thing, Klout is changing its website.
But more importantly, it’s revamping...
Friday, August 17, 2012
I read an article last weekend on Salon’s (@Salon) website
entitled “Trump, Jobs, Zuckerberg: We Idolize Jerks.” It’s an
excerpt from the book, Ascent of the A-Word by Geoffrey Nunberg
(@GeoffNunberg). In it, the author proclaims that this is “an age
of assholism” because some of the world’s most...
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I caught part of “Jerry Maguire” on TV the other day. I happened to
start watching around a pivotal scene between sports agent Jerry
Maguire (Tom Cruise) and wide receiver Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding,
Jr). Rod isn’t happy with his contract. But his sense of
entitlement and general negative attitude...
Friday, August 10, 2012
Do you confuse your hard work and effort for results? Do you
struggle to objectively measure your own performance? If you
said yes, you are holding yourself back as a leader. Vic was pretty
angry when he left his annual performance review. He couldn’t
believe his boss, the company’s CIO, had given...
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Comedian Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) is on the road, performing his
Mr. Universe Tour. He’s a riot – if you get a chance, go see
him. One of his best devices is the use of the “inside
voice.” During his show, he repeatedly makes comments about his own
jokes and performance in a different voice....
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The other day I had a phone call with a leader I’m working with.
The call really bothered me. This woman spent thirty minutes
complaining about her company and her role. The more she went on,
the more frustrated I became. It’s never fun to get an earful of
someone else’s negativity - but this call...
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Leaders need to learn from the past, but if a single issue keeps
coming up again and again, it will prevent you from leading for the
future of your organization. During a recent leadership development
program, I watched three senior public-sector leaders have a heated
discussion. I could tell they...
Friday, July 20, 2012
So do you think you can lead? Here are four questions to help you
start thinking through your own answer: Do I want to have more
impact in my organization? When you look around, do you see ways
you can make things better for employees, customers, and the bottom
line? The second you start thinking...
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Many organizations have struggled after foisting leadership
responsibility on employees who weren’t ready, or weren’t wired for
the job. Long before he appeared on reality TV, Steve Wozniak was
the engineer who invented the first Apple computer. But he might
never have taken that job if he hadn’t...
Friday, July 13, 2012
Many leaders today are going through the motions, not really
understanding what is expected of them, nor personally commiting to
leadership. It's time to talk about the leadership contract.
A generation ago the employment contract was clear. We all
understood the terms and conditions: you went to...
Monday, July 9, 2012
Is leadership worth dying for? As a leader, you have probably never
had to ask yourself this question. Well, I had to, very early on in
my career after a respected colleague died of cancer. Her name was
Zinta and she was a senior leader in an organization where I
worked. The organization had an...
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
So much of what’s written in the leadership space is focused on
stories of exemplary or great leadership. That’s good,
because in reality our day to day experience is filled with lots of
bad leadership and stupid leaders. Here’s my top ten list of
the kinds of leaders that really bug me. Just a...
Friday, May 25, 2012
Can a gap at a leadership level slow down your company’s
performance? Yes, it can. An organization’s growth was
at risk. Critical projects were stalling. New products were taking
forever to get to market. Customers were defecting. Employee
engagement was very low primarily due to poor...
Friday, May 18, 2012
I was meeting with a client who was embarking on a company-wide
initiative to build stronger leadership capability across their
organization. Essentially, they needed help in thinking through
their entire leadership system. As I shared in my last blog,
a leadership system consists of all an...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Leaders need to understand leadership in an integrated way. I have
been noticing a subtle and important trend in my client
work. As organizations try to strengthen their leadership,
they do so from a limited perspective. More specifically, they tend
to view leadership in a fragmented way. This means...