The Traits of Leaders Who Do Things Fast and Well

110-jack_zengerJack Zenger is the CEO of Zenger/Folkman, a leadership development consultancy. He is a coauthor of the October 2011 HBR article “Making Yourself Indispensable” and the book Speed: How Leaders Accelerate Successful Execution (McGraw Hill, 2016). Connect with Jack at twitter.com/jhzenger.

An exceptional leader we know would occasionally get a question from his direct reports in a variety of forms but with the common message, “Do you want this done fast or right?” His answer was always the same: “Yes!” He chose not to compromise on either dimension. For this leader and for most highly effective leaders we know, making mistakes is not an option. But neither is slowing down.  Continue reading

Stop Paying Executives for Performance

     
Dan Cable (top left) is professor of organizational behavior at London Business School.
Freek Vermeulen (top right) is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. He is the author of the book Business Exposed: The Naked Truth about What Really Goes on in the World of Business.

For chief executives and other senior leaders, it is not unusual for 60-80% of their pay to be tied to performance – whether performance is measured by quarterly earnings, stock prices, or something else. And yet from a review of the research on incentives and motivation, it is wholly unclear why such a large proportion of these executives’ compensation packages would need to be variable. First, the nature of their work is unsuited to performance-based pay. Continue reading

How To Succeed in the Middle East

Team Capital Guest Blog by Javier Girones (CFO – El Seif Engineering Contracting Co., Saudi Arabia – a leading construction company in the Middle East) and James Brazier (Regional Head CRC MEA for BNP Paribas, Bahrain). 

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Senior executives working in the Middle East (ME) need an effective knowledge of regional business etiquette for productive negotiations and results orientated progress. Clearly no multinational organisation would be naïve enough to adopt the business colonialism approach of simply exporting their business model and practices without due attention to demographics. Managers and organisations that can adapt will flourish rather than face a costly flounder. Continue reading

Successful Leadership in Large Complex Global Organisations

Team Capital Guest Blog by James Brazier, Head of Credit Risk Control Middle East and Africa at BNP Paribas.

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The key to successful leadership of an organisation with teams and operations split geographically and by default culturally revolves around maintaining enthusiastic and committed people. As the old adage goes, nothing gets done without enthusiasm. Ensuring all staff, however remote, are aware of and projecting the organisation’s brand, its objectives and head office’s vision, goes hand in hand with enthusiasm. Enthusiasm ensures commitment.

What is the secret to enthusiasm? Continue reading