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1002, 2017

Three hints for being effective in difficult, high-stakes conversations

Three hints for being effective in difficult, high-stakes conversations Some of the leaders I coach struggle with a common challenge: they come across as tense and awkward when facing senior leadership or in those tough negotiation meeting where the outcome is critical. The more important the outcome of the conversation, the more gauche they seem – sometimes to the point where they self-destruct and doom the conversation to failure from the start. Sometimes the awkward behavior is [...]

302, 2017

Learning to lead myself – a lifelong journey

Learning to lead myself – a lifelong journey Last week I found myself worn down and irritated. I was short on sleep. I had just flown to a new time zone. I had a cold and I was running a rather high fever. I had just completed three long, intense work days. And here I was, in the early morning, wishing to check out of my hotel to get to my first meeting of the day … [...]

3001, 2017

We are hiring

We are hiring Agnus Consulting moved our headquarters to Hong Kong from Oslo over a year ago – a consequence of expanding our service in Asia while continuing to serve clients globally on topics of leadership and organizational transformation. It has been a remarkable year of new exposure, and meaningful and exciting new engagements in Asia, and other parts of the world. Now we are looking for new team members to join us in growing our service [...]

2701, 2017

Ten factors to create the environment required for deep learning

Ten factors to create the environment required for deep learning As a leader, do you sometimes wish that the people you lead would learn and grow faster? Many leaders organize training for their people, but are frustrated by the limited impact. The issue, in many cases, is that people remain in their comfort zone – they sit through the training and may even listen intently, but they are not moved by what they experience. From the training [...]

1901, 2017

Using the “Change Equation”​ to accelerate positive change

Using the “Change Equation”​ to accelerate positive change I recently worked with a client in a declining market. The atmosphere in the company was rather glum. It seemed like most people had decided that there was not much that could be done about the structural forces buffeting the company, and the leaders were reconciled to navigating a genteel decline. Isolated voices called out for greater creativity and more entrepreneurship, but these were voices in the desert – [...]

1301, 2017

Managing conflict – slowing down to speed up

Managing conflict – slowing down to speed up Last weekend I was in Beijing on a mission. I was invited to contribute to resolving a personal conflict between two parties, a conflict that had been going on for years. The setting was interesting – and challenging – for several reasons, but one stands out: the two parties and I did not share a common language. This meant that everything had to be translated – substantially slowing down [...]

501, 2017

An ode to Hong Kong – my new home town

Navigating the crisis: balancing prudence and boldness I recently celebrated the end of my first year as a resident of Hong Kong. Over this period, the place has truly become home to me. My fondness for this truly cosmopolitan metropolis grows ever deeper. What a fantastic location for engaging in professional activities … and enjoying life! Where else could I take the ferry to work and hear a dozen different languages spoken? Where else could I [...]

3112, 2016

A more effective way to tackle adaptive challenges and opportunities

A more effective way to tackle adaptive challenges and opportunities On this last day of 2016, I am reminded that in the coming year, I shall be celebrating 30 years of working with enterprise transformation. I have served in the role of program leader, consultant, counselor, coach, quality assurance lead and in a number of other roles. From these vantage points I have seen strategic efforts succeed spectacularly, peter out, stagger on like a zombie or go [...]

2312, 2016

Focus on the big “YES” makes it easier to say the little ‘no’

Focus on the big “YES” makes it easier to say the little ‘no’ In my coaching conversations with leaders around the world, the challenge of staying focused is a recurring theme. Many executives feel fragmented and dissatisfied. They struggle to find time to think strategically. As a result, they are not always at their best. They KNOW that they should be more selective about what they get involved in, but many struggle to say “no”.I have written [...]

1612, 2016

Making values-based leadership real

Making values-based leadership real I read and hear lot of dross about values-based leadership. Is this truly useful as an approach to effective leadership or is it an optional consideration that people with special interests should consider engaging in? One problem with the dialog about values-based leadership is that people often do not bother to articulate clearly what they mean when they bandy the term around. To some, values-based leadership may mean: “Leadership that ensures the organization [...]

812, 2016

The value of letting go of control

The value of letting go of control Henry Kissinger, still going strong at 93, expressed “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” [Quote from The New York Times, 28 Oct 1973]. Whatever our desired end is, we regularly get enamored with power and control. But, power and control regularly give us a false sense of security and get in the way of our ultimate objectives. This insight should give us pause, so we step back and develop a [...]

512, 2016

Using technology to improve business results and make change stick

Using technology to improve business results and make change stick I am always curious about how society is changing. I am interested in understanding change from many angles: what enables it, what catalyzes uptake, what are the ramifications and why is it happening now? I was recently in Nanjing, China, and was thrilled to observe a keen adopter of FinTech. The street food vendor in the photo above was selling steamed yams and corn. The revenue stream [...]

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