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When to write your memoirs

September 22, 2016 – Last week the New York Times reported that the Obamas could command as much as $40M USD between them to write their memoirs of the past eight years in the White House. Even assuming that the real number is about…

Can you ever be too powerful?

September 7, 2016 – All of Hollywood is talking about a new book called Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency, a shocking and explosive history of CAA, its most feared, influential and impressive talent agency. One of the ironies that comes…

Popularity versus Respect

August 17, 2016 – In 1999, while taking a course in TV production, a British comedian called Stephen Merchant made a 7-minute film called ‘The Seedy Boss’. The idea was to parody the cloying, inappropriate authority figure which he felt everyone had had at…

Opposable Minds: Leadership and Creativity

August 3, 2016 – Among its notable achievements as a place of higher learning and advanced research, the University of Toronto counts breakthroughs in science (stem cell research), medicine (the birthplace of insulin), technology (the electron microscope) and the humanities (communication studies). More recently,…

What can be accomplished when CEOs work together…..

July 20, 2016 – You may have noticed them over the past few days: walking around in a daze, glued to their phones, congregating in parks, stores, museums, universities, airports – pretty much everywhere. They work alone but can be found in herds; they…

Brexit: Who’s in Charge?

June 30, 2016 – Over the past twenty years, London has established itself as a virtual city-state: an international megalopolis that has seen oceans of capital pouring into it from all over the world. It was not only the financial, artistic, political, academic, entrepreneurial,…

Leading in a disruptive company

June 15, 2016 – When email was first invented – and then effectively packaged and sold by Microsoft – it heralded a new era of professional and personal communication. Looking back on it now, it’s hard not to feel that one of the most…

Salaries: Secrecy or transparency?

June 1, 2016 – A couple of months ago we wrote about the demise of Valeant Pharmaceuticals and how it was hard not to feel like the problem was a catastrophic failure of leadership. Yesterday it was reported that Mike Pearson, the deposed CEO,…

Things have a way of working out

May 20, 2016 – In 2009, New York Times journalist Aaron Ross Sorkin published a book called Too Big to Fail, an insider account of what really happened behind the scenes of bank bailout by the US Treasury. Reading the book, it’s hard not…

CEOs Are Constantly Under Scrutiny

May 6, 2016 – Dance, as they say, like no one is watching. Lead, on the other hand, like everyone is. For all the famous CEOs who are household names – the Elon Musks and Warren Buffetts of this world – there are many…