Leadership of the Cashless Society

MANY ECONOMISTS believe the world will someday be cashless. They point to India, which recently banned notes with lower denominations. “How long before the UK follows suit, and what should leaders know about this growing phenomenon”, asks Henley Business School Professor Dr Benjamin Laker. Consumers are embracing a wide array of payment options in today’s…

The entrepreneur’s business case: astronomy and rhetoric

In the quad of the Bodleian library in Oxford is a series of old lecture rooms, each door labelled above with the name of the subjects taught there.  Titles such as Moral Philosophy and Divinity are unsurprising, but not so the juxtaposition of Astronomy and Rhetoric.  What have they to do with each other or…

The Japanese word for “leadership” is, er….

In 1971 Peter Drucker wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review entitled “What We Can Learn from Japanese Management”.  Through several, mostly favourable, comparisons with management and leadership practice in the US, Drucker’s writing describes with typical grace and sagacity how the West might understand the economic success story of Japan that had taken…

Transformational Leadership Embraces Innovation

  In the 21st century, we understand that political and business leaders in the East and the West face different challenges. For example, there is still slow economic recovery and a strong demand for job creation and social stability in the West, while in the East the need is for the delivery of economic and…

Well-being and adaptability: are you ready?

Last week, we hosted our World of Work conference exploring the future of work in the light of technological advancements.  Common themes among the speakers included disruption, agility, diversity, humanity and well-being, and my talk was no different, as I chose to look at the relationship between adaptability and well-being. After many years of studying…

Through the Telescope: Work and Leadership in 2028

Sometimes it is wonderful how an exciting and thought-provoking piece of work can simply land on your desk. Deutsche Telekom and Detecon International asked me and Obiageli Heidelberger-Nkenke at the Henley Centre for Leadership to partner with them and explore how work and leadership might look in 2028.  Our investigations have resulted in a report…

Teaching an Old Board New Tricks

What is the number one indicator of school performance? Teachers. So why is it that less than 15% of UK school boards include an educator in their ranks? Why are school leaders missing out on key insights that could put their school on top for years to come? And what can be done about it?…

Attitude of Gratitude in Leadership

I was recently browsing The Five Minute Journal, a tool developed to inspire us to reflect on the things we are grateful for at the start and end of each day. Its creators envision increased happiness and better relationships through this form of journaling (Intelligent Change, 2018). This got me thinking of gratitude in the…

What kind of leader do we now need?

There has been a great deal of noise on the streets of the UK.  The two main causes have been football and the visit of President Trump, and while the scope of these topics is vastly different, there is an interesting comparison to draw between them in terms of leadership. bullish directness… There can seldom…