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September 15, 2016

3 Questions Every Leader Should Ask

All people long to be valued and understood. As a leader, it really is your job to care and create that connection with the people with […]
September 8, 2016

Empathy is Essential to Leadership

Colin Pidd engages Jaap Jonkman, a consultant with decades of executive experience in the financial industry, in a conversation about leadership in the landscape of global […]
September 1, 2016

The Simplest (and most important) Key to Being a Great Leader

If you want to be a good connected leader, you must be present to both the situation and the people around you. Practicing “presence” sounds simple, […]
August 25, 2016

Good Leaders Must Focus on Personal Development

Don Van Winkle joins the show to discuss the primary traits that lend themselves to “good” leaders. First and foremost, Mickey and Don discuss the overarching […]
August 11, 2016

How to steward the organizational culture you want

Despite how many leaders habitually approach cultural change, force is not what is needed for evolution within an organization. Intentional thought and action is needed to […]
August 9, 2016

Are your leaders killing the business? What to do about it…

We have analyzed thousands of employee surveys across the world and conducted live interviews with employees on six continents. We have discovered that when the “superior […]
July 27, 2016

How to Stop Expending Too Much Effort for Too Little Return

Again and again, organizations are expending way too much effort, while still causing very little positive change to show for their work. More engagement surveys haven’t […]
July 22, 2016

The Quality of Connection Shapes Results

Connection isn’t just a convenient by-product of results. Rather, high levels of connection within an organization actually help shape the results. When people within a workplace […]
July 7, 2016

3 Key Factors to High Employee Engagement

Employee engagement remains critical to the success of organizations. Studies show that higher engagement means more motivated employees resulting in better customer satisfaction and company profitability. […]
July 7, 2016

6 Steps to Building Successful Project Collaborations

How many of you find yourselves not only wanting to collaborate to get something done, but really needing to collaborate? By that I mean, you realize […]
July 6, 2016

What Sets a Leader Apart from a Boss or Bastard?

    Leaders, bosses, and bastards: we all know them, we’ve been them, and we’ve probably been all three at some point in each of our […]
June 16, 2016

Top 9 Things Microsoft & LinkedIn Can Do to Successfully Merge

By now we have all heard about recent announcement that Microsoft has acquired LinkedIn. The looming question, however, is how successful will the merger be? Even […]
July 7, 2015

Holding the beautiful game lightly

The current FIFA debacle and the allegations of corruption bring into focus the role sports administrators should play in administering their core activity -sport. This month […]
July 7, 2015

I wonder…

“Wisdom begins in wonder.” –Socrates I love spending my time with passionate people – whether it’s passion to save the world or passion for the technology […]
April 7, 2015

“Wonna play?”

At Conversant we are passionate about sport – for us its not just about sport itself – exciting though it will always be to see our […]
February 17, 2015

The Heart of Transformation

For anyone who has lived through, or led, large-scale change in today’s corporate environment, the notion that “people resist change” often stands as a taken-for-granted starting […]
November 10, 2014

Some Questions on Customer Centricity

Over the past few weeks, we have been bouncing around the concept of customer centricity. Sparked by two thoughts really. The first is that many of […]
September 23, 2014

Trends in organisations in the 21st Century

It is not surprising that the way organisations go about their business continues to change as the wider environment they operate in evolves.  After all, organisations […]
July 18, 2014

How to Develop and Keep Shared Commitment

Most of the intractable problems we face as a global community will not be fixed by any one organization, one sector, one government, or one leader.
June 13, 2014

Changing the Brain

During the Australian AMP “Igniting our spark” sessions, I experience a sense of wonderment as the actors from The Jump (Conversant Asia Pacific corporate acting troupe) […]
April 4, 2014

The Challenge of Being Global and Dynamic in the 21st Century

"Boats aren't designed to live in a harbour."

This quotation, often used by my brilliant colleague Jim Motroni, is intriguing… it makes the obvious point boats are designed and are at their graceful best under full sail on wide oceans working with tides, wind and waves.

March 17, 2014

Trust is Built, Not Granted

When people think about trust, they very quickly leap to thinking about someone’s character.

January 31, 2014

Data tell a story, too

A successful picture can convey a complex idea with a single image.
December 5, 2013

Treat your Work as Play – and Never Work a Day?

If play and work are on opposite sides of the spectrum, how can we collapse the gap between them?
November 15, 2013

Is it so hard to pick up the phone?

Picking up the telephone can be key to creating a valuable conversation The Case of Whoopi and Oprah I heard Whoopi Goldberg interviewed on the radio […]