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, July 31, 2013
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...
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...
Friday, May 4, 2012
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...
Monday, April 30, 2012
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...
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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...
Friday, April 20, 2012
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...
Friday, April 13, 2012
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...
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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...
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
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: ...
Friday, March 30, 2012
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...
Friday, March 23, 2012
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...
Thursday, March 15, 2012
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...
Friday, March 9, 2012
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...
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
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...
Friday, March 2, 2012
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,...
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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...
Friday, February 24, 2012
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...
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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...
Friday, February 17, 2012
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...
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
“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...
Friday, February 10, 2012
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...
Sunday, February 5, 2012
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...