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Safety & Leadership

How often do leaders think about safety? For many corporate leaders, the primary focus is on business performance – the next quarter’s financial results and shareholder returns. For those firms with a longer-term outlook, there’ll be other considerations as they look at the sustainability of their business over decades, and of course all major firms now report on their impact on the planet and society. But above all these priorities sits the most important of all – safety.

In our latest white paper, produced in partnership with MANAGEMENT FORCE Group, a safety consulting firm, we look at the role of leaders in building a culture where safety is incorporated into everything they do.  [Read more…]

WBC – Mindscape Announcement

WBC – Mindscape:  a new partnership to help the energy sector address skills issues around the new digital technologies

“Just about all of the digital projects in oil & gas companies today are underperforming.”  Bain, alongside Deloitte, Accenture, McKinsey and other commentators have been blunt in highlighting the challenges faced by the energy industry in applying digital technology to their operations. WBC’s own research, through a series of interviews with industry experts, indicates that a lack of the right skills is at the heart of this problem. [Read more…]

Culture Clash – Leadership Across Borders

Delegates on our MBA and Leadership programmes often ask us about the leadership challenges of running a business in multiple countries and regions.  How much should leaders adapt their style to the local culture – is it even necessary in a global company?

The short answer is yes: even the most global companies need to pay attention to the different cultures in their various markets. In some, individuals will expect to be consulted on all decisions and to have a high degree of autonomy. In others, staff acknowledge the authority of the leadership and will expect clear instructions on what they should do. Attitudes towards teamwork and collaboration may vary; local political and personal interests can play a part in motivating staff; economic factors and local business performance will also influence what sort of leadership style is appropriate. Our latest White Paper, “Culture Clash” covers these and other topics in more detail.  [Read more…]

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