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The CEO: A Personal Reflection

Egon Zehnder asked over 400 of the world’s top CEOs what it means to be an effective leader today

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What We Heard - Leadership Development & Acting on Potential

On January 17, 2018, Egon Zehnder’s Istanbul office convened a group of Turkey-based HR leaders for a breakfast discussion focused on leadership development based on the article of Turning Potential into Success: The Missing Link in Leadership Development by Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, Andrew Roscoe and Kentaro Aramaki.

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When the Board and Management Collide

It is a truism of corporate governance that a strong, highly functioning board can be an invaluable asset to management, going beyond oversight to provide guidance and strategic counsel to the CEO and his or her team. But these benefits can only be realized if the board and management have the trust and transparency that allows for candid, constructive conversation.

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It Takes Discipline—and Behavior Change—To Build a Successful Board

In our role as leadership advisors, we are often asked to conduct board effectiveness reviews. These comprehensive studies help boards improve their performance by recommending specific changes that impact board dynamics, process improvements and governance.

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“Sense and Respond”

Business thinker and best-selling author Frédéric Laloux explains his belief that the way organizations are run is outdated – and that the future is about self-management.

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“This is the voyage of your life.”

Erica Ariel Fox is setting new standards in senior leadership development. In her view, the key to entrepreneurial success lies in a renewed capacity for self-discovery among top managers and CEOs.

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What We Heard - Leadership Development & Acting on Potential

What We Heard - Leadership Development & Acting on Potential

On January 17, 2018, Egon Zehnder’s Istanbul office convened a group of Turkey-based HR leaders for a breakfast discussion focused on leadership development based on the article of Turning Potential into Success: The Missing Link in Leadership Development by Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, Andrew Roscoe and Kentaro Aramaki.

When the Board and Management Collide

When the Board and Management Collide

It is a truism of corporate governance that a strong, highly functioning board can be an invaluable asset to management, going beyond oversight to provide guidance and strategic counsel to the CEO and his or her team. But these benefits can only be realized if the board and management have the trust and transparency that allows for candid, constructive conversation.

It Takes Discipline—and Behavior Change—To Build a Successful Board

It Takes Discipline—and Behavior Change—To Build a Successful Board

In our role as leadership advisors, we are often asked to conduct board effectiveness reviews. These comprehensive studies help boards improve their performance by recommending specific changes that impact board dynamics, process improvements and governance.

“Sense and Respond”

“Sense and Respond”

Business thinker and best-selling author Frédéric Laloux explains his belief that the way organizations are run is outdated – and that the future is about self-management.

“This is the voyage of your life.”

“This is the voyage of your life.”

Erica Ariel Fox is setting new standards in senior leadership development. In her view, the key to entrepreneurial success lies in a renewed capacity for self-discovery among top managers and CEOs.

Commentary: Here’s Why So Many CEOs Start the Job Unprepared

Commentary: Here’s Why So Many CEOs Start the Job Unprepared

Leadership has never been easy. Yet given the current volatility of the external world—stemming from geopolitical uncertainty, activist pressure, a new generation of employees, and digital disruption—running a large company is both more challenging and less secure than it’s ever been, as the daily drumbeat of CEO departures shows.

Directors&Boards - The Lonely CEO

Directors&Boards - The Lonely CEO

Whether it’s racial tensions in a coffee shop or testimony before Congress about privacy, CEOs face a lot of pressure to make things right. But where do CEOs typically turn to when they need honest feedback Not the boardroom.

The CEO: A Personal Reflection

The CEO: A Personal Reflection

Between November 2017 and January 2018, Egon Zehnder conducted a global research project, surveying current chief executives from a wide cross-section of industries, countries, and corporate structures. A large number—402 of them—responded, sharing their perspectives on what the job entails, the level of preparation they felt they had received, their succession planning process, and how they lead and cope in these volatile times.

Embracing FinTech Disruption

Embracing FinTech Disruption

Technology is reinventing the financial services industry by enabling a simpler, more effective way to solve fiscal and business problems and to connect with customers globally.

The Rules On Being General Counsel In The Cyber Century

The Rules On Being General Counsel In The Cyber Century

In what we are calling the Cyber Century, the first signs of danger appear on a screen; a hack, a viral video, a tweet. Any of these can be the opening shot of a bruising battle that can quickly escalate to a crisis.

Multinationals Risk Defeat In China Talent War

Multinationals Risk Defeat In China Talent War

In the competitive Chinese market, Western companies are losing the war for talent.

What Mobile CEOs Want to Know:

What Mobile CEOs Want to Know:

The mobile industry is in the midst of large-scale evolution requiring every company to be more agile, more efficient and more innovative in the effort to discover and implement new ways of adding value.

Board Succession Planning and Diversity in Portugal: Challenge or Opportunity?

Board Succession Planning and Diversity in Portugal: Challenge or Opportunity?

Based on Egon Zehnder's published analysis, there is measured progress in diversity gains among women on Boards.

Lessons From the Maker Movement

Lessons From the Maker Movement

The maker movement is a cultural phenomenon that celebrates shared experimentation, iterative learning and discovery through connected communities that build together while always emphasizing creativity over criticism.

CERAWeek 2018 Leadership and Innovation

CERAWeek 2018 Leadership and Innovation

Discussion Highlights from Egon Zehnder’s 7th Annual CEO Breakfast at CERAWeek 2018.

Synthesis - Boosting Innovation the Indonesian Way

Synthesis - Boosting Innovation the Indonesian Way

As a steadily-growing trillion-dollar economy with a youthful, tech-savvy population, Indonesia is at once blessed with big-market opportunities and challenged by rapidly-changing customer expectations and the competitive global landscape.

At MWC 2018, Mobile Meets the Future

At MWC 2018, Mobile Meets the Future

The 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona had an optimism that set it apart from the gatherings of recent years. This was largely due to advances in making 5G a reality and the rapid evolution of the array of businesses that depend on a robust mobile sector.

Activist, Strategist, Counselor: Today’s Board Member

Activist, Strategist, Counselor: Today’s Board Member

More than ever, organization leaders need committed counselors – individuals who will push them to greater heights and encourage them to pursue transformation. They need objective individuals who can advise, envision and strategize for long-term success.

How to Keep a Headhunter From Poaching Your Best Talent

How to Keep a Headhunter From Poaching Your Best Talent

Veteran executive recruiter Karl Alleman, managing partner of Egon Zehnder’s U.S. practice, has a particularly good vantage point on this.

What CXOs Think of Marketing:

What CXOs Think of Marketing:

At more and more organizations, marketing has become firmly established as a C-suite function.

 Unlocking Innovation Across the Organization: Key to Success in China’s Consumer Market

Unlocking Innovation Across the Organization: Key to Success in China’s Consumer Market

China is already the world’s largest e-commerce market— and is projected to command more than half of global e-commerce revenue by 2021.

Corporate leadership: lessons from professional service firms

Corporate leadership: lessons from professional service firms

Professional service firms are very different from other commercial enterprises. They typically lack the hard-nosed bottom line focus and hierarchical management structure of most companies.

Management in Korea

Management in Korea

Eugene Kim, Egon Zehnder's office leader in Seoul, is a regular contributor to The Korea Herald’s Management in Korea column. The following articles were originally published in The Korea Herald’s Management in Korea and are presented here with its permission.

CMO Redefined

CMO Redefined

“Cladogenesis” is a term used by evolutionary scientists to describe the relatively sudden division of an existing species into two or more separate lines – thus creating new species – often in response to radical change in the environment.

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