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5 Unusual Statements that Reveal how Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Thinks

What is your first thought when you hear the name Jack Ma? The king of e- and mobile commerce? The richest man in China? How did the founder and chairman of the Alibaba Group (Alibaba’s recent IPO was the largest in world history) build his success, and that of the countless people using Alibaba’s trading platforms? What lessons does he want to share?

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Leading Innovation: The One Important Aspect Executives Tend to Underestimate

Tesla Motors logo on green background

Inventing new and better products, technologies, and business models. Experimenting. Realizing smart breakthroughs. We all know that innovation is crucial to stay competitive in today’s business world. Much has been written on how to boost innovation, but do executive leaders…

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Avoid Making People Lose Face

Losing Face, Smiley

Business leaders of multinational organizations are often confronted with cross-cultural differences. These differences can cause misunderstandings and awkward situations between people. Especially when people feel they are losing Face. Face – an Eastern concept most likened to the Western concept…

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Leading Change: How Focus Creates Sustainable Change

Leading Change, Camera Lens, Focus

You hear and read about it everywhere: if you want to create successful and sustained change in your company, it is important to be focused and to transfer that focus to your people and teams. In the turbulence of the…

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The People Alignment Compass – Part 1

Compass

A leaders’ guide to mastering the Essence of People Alignment in today’s business reality. The People Alignment Compass articles provide tips and insights on how leaders can create people alignment. The checklists are hands-on and based on real life situations…

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Create People Alignment (Part 3)

This series is about people alignment as a crucial competence for today’s leaders. Especially in a globalized world, where cross-cultural and multinational challenges are becoming more and more a normal part of the leader’s job. Successful leaders create people alignment…

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Leading Multinational Companies: Three Significant Changes in the Role of Senior Leaders

Multinational companies

In working with multinational companies we see three specific changes that affect the role of senior leaders. Three changes that require special attention and sometimes even a fundamental mind shift. Read more …

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How Misinterpretations of Dishonesty Can Destroy Team Alignment

Sun Flower with the word Honesty

When leading change, for instance in post merger integrations, leadership teams are very often confronted with cross-cultural differences. These can be corporate or national culture differences. Not dealing with these cultural differences effectively can have a serious impact on leadership…

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Leading Change: How Great Leaders Deal with Criticism

Barometer

We live in times of change. Shifting powers between West and East, technological evolutions, emerging countries and changing economic landscapes, financial systems that are under severe pressure, new innovative companies that change market places. As I described in an earlier…

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Leaders Who Create Alignment: Two Historical Examples

Thomas Jefferson

Yesterday it was Independence Day – 4th of July. An important day for America. I was reading mails and tweets from American friends and got inspired by it to write this short piece. I am not American, but maybe my…

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