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Vince Molinaro, Managing Director, Leadership Solutions

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...
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Thinking Moves Ahead Again at Knightsbridge

For a number of years, Knightsbridge had the tag line – Thinking Moves Ahead. We believed that we could bring greater value to our clients by sharing new ways to think about critical human capital issues.  And over the last decade we’ve been sharing our perspective on human capital issues such as...
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Social Media & Leadership Development

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....
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Are You an Empty Chair Leader?

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...
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Is Leadership Your Full-Time or Part-Time Job?

“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...
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4 Things Yahoo's New CEO Marissa Mayer Needs to Get Right

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,...
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Four Steps to Becoming a More Authentic Leader

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...
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What’s Your Internal Klout Score as a Leader?

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...
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Do You Need to Be a Jerk to Succeed as a Leader?

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...
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Help Me Help You! Stop Holding Yourself Back

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...
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What Can Set a Leader Back? Confusing Effort with Results

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...
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Real Leaders Say What They're Thinking, Even When it's Uncomfortable

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....
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Are You Sounding Like an Employee? Stop Whining & Start Leading

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...
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Have You Lost Perspective As A Leader?

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...
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So You Think You Can Lead? Four Questions You Must Consider. Part 2 of 2

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...
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So You Think You Can Lead? Think Again. Part 1 of 2

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...
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Are You Leading Without Signing the Leadership Contract?

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...
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Is Leadership Worth Dying For?

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...
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The 10 Worst Leaders - The Ones That Make You Want to Scream

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...
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What are the Gaps in Your Leadership System?

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 ...
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The Levels in Your Leadership System

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...
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It's Time to Think About Your Company's Leadership System

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...
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Zig Where Your Boss Zags

How do you position yourself as a leader within your business unit or department? That’s a question I recently received from a high potential leader in a client organization. Marie was a strong individual contributor with aspirations to assume more senior leadership roles in her professional...
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How to Strengthen Leadership Resolve

There’s a great story of leadership resolve emerging from this year’s National Hockey League (@NHL) playoffs. One of the first round series match up was between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. Going into the playoffs the Penguins were favoured to win the Stanley Cup. Sydney...
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How To Strengthen Your Leadership Resilience

In our work with leaders, my colleagues and I at Knightsbridge have come to understand that resilience has two sides: a maintaining side and a recovery side.  You demonstrate resilience when you are able to maintain your optimal levels of performance by: Being able to hold your own in tough...
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Resilience Is Not Enough

I was recently in a meeting with a client discussing his company’s leadership development needs. This company is undergoing transformational change and its leaders are facing tremendous pressure. My client explained that a key focus for development was to improve the ability of leaders to be...
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Leading for Alignment & Engagement - Part 2 of 2

In my last blog we explored alignment as a critical dimension for creating a high performance organization.  This blog focuses on the second critical dimension – engagement. I refer to the extent to which employees and leaders are deeply committed and personally invested in the success of the...
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Leading for Alignment & Engagement - Part 1 of 2

Have you every driven a car that had poor wheel alignment?  As you drive the vehicle, it may wander from side-to-side or the steering wheel may suddenly pull to the left or right. In the end, you don’t feel like you are in control. The result can be poor fuel mileage, excessive tire wear and...
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Leadership as a Daily Commute

On most days I commute into work by train and then by subway.  For those of you who are fellow commuters you know the drill – you get up early, hop on your train and if everything is moving well, you get to work on time. But the commuting experience isn’t always so smooth.  Imagine the following: ...
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Who is "the Company"?

We recently launched a global frontline leadership program for a new client. During the first pilot, one of the company’s SVPs spoke to the group of leaders about his perspectives on leadership and the experiences that shaped his career as a leader. Part way through his talk he asked the group, “Who...
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Managing Rising Stars – What Organizations Can Learn From Jeremy Lin

Over the last few weeks I’ve been observing the fascinating story of Jeremy Lin (@JLin7), the undrafted point-guard of the New York Knicks (@nyknicks). His story started with his breakout game on February 4th.  Lin came off the bench to post 25 points and lead the Knicks to victory.   Over five...
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Rolling Out a New Strategy? Start Translating & Stop Communicating

A CEO had just spent the last six weeks doing a company-wide road show rolling out a new strategy to his organization. He was pleased with the meetings and believed they were well-received. He now felt he could shift his focus to executing the strategy.  However, the CEO’s plan hit a bump in the...
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The Shared Accountability for Leadership - The Role of HR Part 3 of 3

Over the last two blogs I’ve explored the accountability for leadership at the Board and Executive level.  In this third blog I share my ideas on HR’s accountability. Knightsbridge recently completed a study in partnership with the Human Resources Professionals Association, where we interviewed a...
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Shared Accountability for Leadership: The Role of Executives - Part 2 of 3

You can tell a lot about an organization’s commitment to building leadership by the actions of its senior leaders. In some of the organizations that I have worked with, the executives are deeply involved in supporting HR’s efforts to build leadership. In others, the executives pay little or no...
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The Shared Accountability for Leadership – The Role of the Board – Part 1 of 3

By now most organizations are keenly aware that building strong leadership is critical to their success. However, as I described in my last blog, there is confusion around who is accountable for it.  Ultimately I believe that it is a shared accountability between three key groups:  the Board,...
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Who Is Accountable For Leadership?

In my last two blogs I discussed the importance of the intersection of strategy and leadership. Once organizations make this connection, they begin to understand the leadership requirements needed for effective strategy execution and the future success of the organization. Gaining this clarity is...
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How to Understand the Intersection of Strategy and Execution

In my last blog I explored the intersection of strategy and leadership. As I described, this intersection is critical because it is the leaders of an organization who create strategy; they are the ones that must align and engage the organization to it. They also create clarity among employees by...
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Important Intersection Ahead - Strategy and Leadership

We’ve all been in the situation. You are driving on an unfamiliar road and if you are like me, you tend to become more attentive. You want to make sure you don’t miss a turn. Or you are on the lookout for a road sign that may signal an important intersection ahead. Many organizations today are...
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What a Line Crew Taught Me About Leadership Culture

In late August of last year Hurricane Irene created considerable wind damage and flooding to parts of the Caribbean, the US East Coasts and parts of Atlantic Canada. A couple of days after Hurricane Irene hit, I was returning home from a business trip and on a flight from Calgary to Toronto. As I...
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Leadership for the Future - Emerging Expectations of Future Leaders

“You nailed it”, shouted out the CEO of a financial services company during a recent meeting I had with his executive team. He got excited after a colleague and I shared our research on the emerging leadership expectations required of future leaders. This executive team was struggling to answer the...
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How Do You Measure The Impact of Leadership Development? The Answer May Surprise You

How do you measure the impact of leadership development?  This is a key question that I get asked every time I work with a client on a large-scale leadership development program.  I find many HR, Organizational Development and Learning Practitioners believe that they must focus exclusively on...
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Two Decisions – One Illustrious Career: What business leaders can learn from Tom Brady

On Sunday, Tom Brady will lead the New England Patriots in his fifth Super Bowl appearance.  Those who follow football know about Brady’s illustrious career and the impact he's had on the game.  Surprisingly, it wasn’t always this way for Brady.  Mike Rosenberg recently wrote a great article...