We typically spend at least two decades in our formal education, carefully choose our places of employment and invest significant time and effort in training. But we overlook one very key piece of the learning puzzle: surrounding ourselves with people who will push us to succeed in unexpected ways.
Defining and then finding the modern marketer is a task we face every day. Consider the hourglass. It is an iconic joining of equals that, when combined, shows us how energy flows easily and perfectly between them.
For 30 years, Egon Zehnder has been in the business of assessing leaders along two broad dimensions: potential and competence. One key conclusion? You can’t have either without curiosity. Although we have found that high potentials also need insight, engagement, and determination, curiosity—defined as a penchant for seeking new experiences, knowledge, and feedback and an openness to change—is perhaps most important.
Most CEOs are grappling with one particular challenge, irrespective of industry or geography: getting the right leadership talent. Governments face this challenge too. The Indian government has responded to this challenge by taking the initiative to invite executives from beyond the ranks of the civil service to apply for certain Joint Secretary posts.
For Leaders & Daughters 2018, we hosted 32 panel and roundtable conversations around the world. We have now brought together almost 6,000 attendees to share
experiences, perspectives, and—importantly—solutions. Through both intimate and large-scale events, we used this year’s theme—Mind The Gap—to look closely at why senior-level women so rarely make it into the C-Suite, and to share examples of success.
As the first generation of middle-market private equity leaders nears retirement, many firms are struggling with how to move forward with succession planning, even when faced with increasing pressure from their limited partners.