Margot Cairnes Blog

Jul

17

2013
A New Kind of Courage

A New Kind of Courage

The most recent IBM Global CEO study (of 1500 CEOs) reveals that complexity is seen by leaders as their key challenge. CEOs suggest that they operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex than in the past. This rise in complexity makes incremental change no longer sufficient as market, technology and macroeconomic factors now operate on fundamentally changed rules and dynamics….

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Jul

15

2013
Paradigm Shifts Require Leadership Courage

Paradigm Shifts Require Leadership Courage

Thomas Kuhn in The structure of Scientific Revolutions developed the concept of paradigm shift. When the paradigm changes so does what we observe and scrutinise, the kinds of questions we ask, how these questions are structured, how we interpret results and, in turn, how we relate to our world. Examples of paradigm shifts include the shift from geometrical optics to physical optics, the development of…

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Jul

9

2013

Building resilience

In a recent article in London’s Financial Times, Alan Greenspan (the man many consider to be a causal agent in the global financial crisis) suggests that an ever growing and unmanageably complex financial system might be a “necessary condition of growth”. Financial instability is in fact a reason to build resilience into our organisations The experts tell us that we will have to learn to…

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Jul

8

2013

Authentic leadership can’t be taught

When it comes to leadership the only thing that matters is sincerity-once you can fake that you can do anything. As ridiculous as this old business punchline sounds, it is the basis of leadership programs around the world. We are in the age of “authentic leadership” at a time where experts tell us leaders need to be: • Self aware with clearly identified values and…

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Jul

3

2013

Growing up is an exciting adventure

Leadership we are told is about getting things done through other people. Leaders either stand out the front to inspire and direct, or they lead from behind lighting fires within their people and using consensus and group dynamics to get people to take responsibility for themselves, their growth, their actions and their outcomes. Clever leaders are able to do both. Most of us prefer to…

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Jul

1

2013

‘Staying sane in a changing world’ -my book available now

Available now- check out the link to your right My Books & eBooks. eBook & softcover available. There’s no doubt that the world is experiencing rapid change: technological advances and globalisation are completely transforming the way we live, including the way we work, communicate and play. We can no longer expect life to be how it was in the past. Consequently, we need to upgrade…

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Jul

1

2013

Learning to operate functionally

A reader recently asked me to write more on the Old Brain. That part of our brain (often referred to as the reptilian brain) that dominates our thinking when we feel under threat. Whenever our thalamus computes that any situation is inauthentic, unsafe or unfamiliar-we are genetically programmed to react from our Old Brain. Old Brain is all about survival. It is the centre of…

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Jun

26

2013

Walking the path of integrity

Are you drowning or waving? In Australia we have bush fires, heat waves, floods and cyclones. In North America and Europe there are typhoons, snow storms and big freezes. In South America and Asia there are severe floods, devastating earthquakes and tsunamis. In the Middle east we have riots and civil unrest. In Africa we have epidemics of AIDS, poverty and famine. All over the…

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Jun

24

2013

My Books and eBooks available

Hello to everyone that is following my blog, thank you for your support. I would like to introduce my books available through this site Approaching the corporate heart, Staying sane in a changing world and Peaceful chaos. I truly hope you enjoy them as you do my blogs. Margothttp://margotcairnes.org/my-ebooks-now-available/


Jun

24

2013

Managers must manage their bosses well

A key role of a managing director is managing his or her board. A well-managed board can be a great source of support, expertise and different perspective. A badly managed board can consume large amounts of management time, delay the making of strategic decisions and even lead to the removal of management altogether. It is in the best interests of the whole leadership team to…

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