THE FOCUS on Identity
Egon Zehnder Chairman Damien O’Brien on the role of identity in leadership.
Marissa Mayer describes how she runs Yahoo, including looking for talent, empowering teams and planning for the long term.
Strive Masiyiwa battles corruption to empower young Africans, and is spearheading a mobile revolution.
Jørgen Vig Knudstorp balances the pursuit of children’s imagination with the demands of running a global family business. Here’s how.
Sonia Cheng, a 34-year-old CEO and mother of two, describes the need for a strong team, passion and proper balance in both professional and personal life.
Frédéric Mazzella describes how purpose and values helped make BlaBlaCar the world's largest long-distance ride sharing community.
If you’ve purchased a premium cotton shirt from the likes of Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger or one of many other well-known designers, chances are it was manufactured by the Hong Kong-based Esquel Group.
How to create positive change in board diversity? What is the role of chairmen in driving the diversity agenda? What advice can a pioneer in the economic empowerment of women give to aspiring female talent?
An interview with Hera Siu, COO, Greater China, of Cisco Systems, and her daughter Esther Kwok, senior associate of Vega Proprietary Holdings, in a conversation about the next generation of female leadership
Wharton Professor Stew Friedman finds harmony in work-life integration. Here’s how.
Food for thought
If the CEO does not tell your company’s story, someone else will
The CEO of the New York Times and the Head Coach of the Women’s National U.S. Soccer Team discuss how to succeed as a leader.
A model developed by Harvard professors is helping senior leadership reach their full potential.
Boudwijn Arts and Neeraj Sagar discuss the importance of authentic leadership in times of change and crisis.
Diversity thought leader Binna Kandola discusses improvements in creativity, leadership and productivity.
A model and set of questions built to understand the drivers and potential of professional growth.
We sustain a sense of self not by always being the same, but by always adapting with integrity. Julian Baggini in dialogue with Egon Zehnder.
According to management thought leader Herminia Ibarra, the only way to grow is by stretching the limits of who you are. Leading figures from a variety of fields describe the transition that had the strongest impact on their leadership identity.
How Pico Iyer developed a global identity after 40 years of tireless travelling.
The Esalen Institute prepares a new generation for the challenges of twenty-first century leadership.
THE FOCUS on Potential
Karena Strella and James Martin on the traits that really promise great leadership.
An expertise on the role of the Chief Human Resources Officer.
Lisa Blais and Laurence Monnery explain what makes proper talent assessment a powerful driver in creating diverse organizations.
Interview with Fred Swaniker, founder of the African Leadership Academy.
Interview with Joseph W. Polisi, President of the prestigious Juilliard School.
Report on the Brazilian social entrepreneur Rodrigo Baggio.
Claudio Fernández-Aráoz discovers astonishingly modern views on developing leadership potential in the works of Ignatius of Loyola.
Interview with Pius Baschera, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hilti Corporation.
Interview with Choo Chiau Beng, CEO Keppel Corporation.
Interview with Kendall J. Powell, Chairman and CEO, General Mills Inc.
Writer and lecturer Susan Cain argues for a new evaluation of the capabilities of introverted people.
Herminia Ibarra on how current success can actually work against fulfilling your potential.
Katherine Grainger, British Olympic gold medalist in rowing, and Ben Medlock, co-founder of SwiftKey, discuss what lies beyond brains and brawn.
Daniel Goleman on why great leaders need to have a focus beyond the boundaries of their organizations.
Education thought leader Tony Wagner and Ben Nelson, founder of the ambitious Minerva Project, talk about aligning the education system with future needs.
THE FOCUS on Inclusion
Egon Zehnder Chairman Damien O’Brien on fostering diversity and inclusion.
“Our concern is to ensure that different ways of thinking are integrated in all our decision processes.”
How the cultural shift toward deeper diversity can succeed.
“How can we live in a world where people go to bed hungry every night? How do we bear it?”
Cities are natural areas of economic opportunity which, when properly fostered, result in social inclusion and mobility.
Junior Smart and the Southwark Offenders Support Project.
Four women, four career tracks, one network.
FC Barcelona has enjoyed more success than any club side in history on the back of an attacking philosophy rooted in hard work. Barça’s football academy La Masia is where that work begins.
Edward O. Wilson, the world’s preeminent evolutionary biologist, on the importance of diversity.
Renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor speaks with Google executive Nikesh Arora about the alchemy of antagonistic forces in the creative process.
“We are not fighting just to have a percentage of places at the table.”
“A roomful of CEOs doesn’t necessarily make the best board.”
“Developing a global mindset means being open to diversity across cultures and markets.”
Diversified perspectives make for better solutions.
“If anybody thinks they can go back to the old ways, they are very much mistaken.”
Organizational challenges for female executives.
Putting a global mindset to work.
THE FOCUS on Family
How to keep the family business vibrant across generations.
What sets family businesses apart - by Prof. Dr. Sabine B. Klein and Prof. John L. Ward, Ph.D.
“We believe we are stronger as a business and happier being together as family. These are the fundamentals of our parents’ culture and value system, and this is our inheritance.”
"Choice Flows from how I interpret my identity, and part of my identity is hat I am the son of my parents."
Why we can only win in our family relationships- not conquer.
How the artists’s collective La Fura dels Baus developed from Catalan street theater into a global cultural benchmark.
The patriarch of the British branch of the Rothschild family on the importance of philanthropy.
A journey through art history.
Dialogue between historian Deborah Cadbury and family business expert Nigel Nicholson: “Family firms bind people together by the really fundamental elements of being human.”
James E. Hughes on the role of ritual.
"The continuity coming from the family ownership history is an asset for us in developing a strong performance culture."
A Vellayan on maintaining the fine balance between family interests and business success through many generations.
THE FOCUS on Convergence
"There are so many options that trial and error is very much the order of the day."
Fritjof Capra on the dual nature of companies, a holistic understanding of the world, and what we can learn from Leonardo da Vinci.
Removing barriers to authentic global communication.
Literary agent and networker John Brockman on scientists as the intellectuals of the twenty-first century.
The Convergence of Corporate Governance Practices.
Francis Kéré combines European expertise with African tradition.
On the many parallels between the expectations of young talents and the changing business environment.
The role of the Chief Marketing Officer at the interface between market needs and business strategy.
THE FOCUS on Resilience
“Anybody who thinks that you can pull up drawbridges is kidding themselves.”
Gabriel Andrade and John Grumbar argue that shorter economic cycles call for new levels of inner strength and responsiveness.
New York trauma researcher George Bonanno explores human beings’ astonishing capacity for self-healing.
“We had a choice. We could sit back and let the negative discussion of our industry take its course, or we could take action.”
“If there is anything that will destroy resilience, then it is hope dashed and dashed again.”
Resilience has its price – if you stay around long enough to pay it.
“The state must bolster the innovative strength of companies.”
Four resilient lives – introduced by Ronald J. Alsop.
“You have to be prepared to take all of the risks and assume responsibility for failures.”
Greig Schneider explains how to make your business crisis-proof.
“Our good fortune is being able to live values that are lasting and universal.”
Richard Murray-Bruce on a concept that can offer a host of business opportunities.
THE FOCUS on Teams
"For our teams it's not about cutting costs; it's about improving processes."
Why teams need to complement their internal focus with external networking.
The inspired team leadership of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
“The energy of an orchestra can be a great source of inspiration.”
Using a Team Effectiveness Review to analyze and enhance performance — by Elaine Yew and Leo J. Barth, Egon Zehnder International.
THE FOCUS on Reward
“A crisis can rally people. It can awaken their fighting spirit and draw them closer together.”
Five things a leader needs to know about motivation — by Stephen P. Kelner, Edmund Siah and Ashley R. Stephenson, Egon Zehnder International.
Harvard professor Howard Gardner on the principles of good work.
“If you know how to fly but you never knew how to walk, wouldn’t that be sad?”
Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman on money and happiness.
“Where there is no sense of belonging, money is far too highly rated as an incentive.”
Designing fair management reward systems — by Claudio Fernández-Aráoz and Michael Rosmarin, Egon Zehnder International.
How to attract, nurture, and retain this confident and demanding new generation of talent — by Bill King, Magnus Graf Lambsdorff and Catherine Hongxia Zhu, Egon Zehnder International.
Isabelle Langlois and Thomas Hammer on the rising demands facing the human resources function.
THE FOCUS on Transition
“Dynamic continuity has always been our way of looking at life.”
In transition processes organizations have to handle more and more systemic challenges.
“The never-to-happen-again dimension is something people can connect with.”
“Social entrepreneurs don’t want to help. They want to change the world.”
“We never sit still – we are always moving.”
New paradigms in the global competition for talent.
Non-profit organizations need to adapt their strategies and structures.
THE FOCUS on Trust
The world needs values that create generosity.”
Entrepreneur and Internet visionary Esther Dyson on trust and risk in cyberspace.
“Some never gain trust – they gain respect, they gain subservience, but not trust.”