CASE STUDY

SUCCESS IN SUCCESSION The next generation taking over the family business CHALLENGE A nextgen was taking over the family business. To grow the business he also took on a private equity partner. The private equity firm recommended me as a sounding board to the CEO....

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ROUNDUP 12 OCT 2018: ICOs, BLOCKCHAIN & MUMS@WORK

THIS WEEK'S ROUND UP - 12 OCT 2018 ICOs As governments rally to win a supposed race on who can regulate first, we should be thinking, who can regulate best. I get concerned when I see a lack of diversified thought creating the rulebook. So before you are lulled into a...

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ROUNDUP 5 OCT 2018: THE RISE OF WOMEN

  THIS WEEK'S ROUND UP - 5 Oct 2018   This week we're focusing on the work of some inspiring women and some tips for women to rise. The Ambitious Introvert So last week I mentioned AI - Artificial Intelligence. This week I'd like to share another definition for AI -...

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ROUNDUP 28 SEPT 2018: AI, ACCELERATORS & BLOCKCHAIN

THIS WEEK'S ROUND UP - 28 Sept 2018   Over the last two weeks, I’ve attended a couple of conferences and was on the judging panel at a UAE based accelerator. Three things have cropped up that I’d like to share with you:  AI Other than Trump’s Presidency, I don’t think...

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THE STORY BEHIND AMANI™

Previously in Executive Search, I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing brilliant people every day. Amidst a 'war for talent', I didn't experience a shortage of talent. What I found was a shortage of great companies that deserved great talent. I didn’t...

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BREAKING THE CHAIN OF HYPE

Can we please get rid of hype and engage our brain before we jump on the bandwagon of all things crypto and blockchain? Over a glass of bubbly, someone (who we’ll call Joe) was chatting to my husband about a hot investment opportunity. They walked over to where I was...

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COMPANY CULTURE STARTS WITH YOU

Ask a person the reason they love to travel, and often they say to experience different cultures. Human beings seem to be intrigued by the social norms and ways of living of their fellow man in different cities and villages around the world. Having the experience and...

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WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP – A MIDDLE EASTERN PERSPECTIVE

  There is a general look of surprise, even bewilderment when people hear I love working in the Middle East, for the simple reason that I’m a woman. I understand how there is a perception that women are not respected or highly regarded in the Middle East, therefore...

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AMBITION, ATTITUDE AND ACTION

Ideas are great, but it’s action that turns them into reality. So do you know what you’re creating? Do you know for what purpose? Or are you in danger of getting there at a cost you hadn’t envisaged? Here are some tips to help you achieve what you truly want – not...

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THE SECRETS TO ENGAGEMENT?

Do we treat people like a one-night stand or do we show the level of commitment we would give someone we want to marry? And once we marry, do we work at keeping the relationship alive, or do we take each other for granted? I can’t think of many people who don’t want...

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DO BUSINESS PRACTICES IMPACT PROFITABILITY?

  For a company to thrive, it needs to ensure the wellbeing and level of satisfaction with its stakeholders – investors, employees, suppliers and customers. Recent times have seen how bad conduct results in negative publicity, poor company image and a drop in share...

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STEWARDSHIP, EDUCATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  Family wealth fails to make it beyond the third generation in 90 per cent of cases. This failure isn't due to poor investment decisions, but rather a lack of cohesion and communication between family members, where the family fragments, and with it the wealth. Some...

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TIPS FOR FRESH GRADS (AND THOSE LOOKING FOR A FRESH START)

  Work is a great way to expose us to new environments and challenges, presenting us with experiences that will further develop our skills as well as our character. But for this to happen, we need to find the environment that is most conducive. So if you are young and...

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MORAL COURAGE AND CORPORATE CULTURE

It is not in calm seas that our character and integrity are tested but in times of crisis. It is at these times that mistakes are likely to happen. When people think of ethics and social responsibility in the corporate context, they perceive it as a simple matter of...

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GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR BOARD

While internal boardroom politics are the bane of many an executive’s existence, getting your board members working in the same direction can be a vital step towards a successful CEO tenure. Corporate governance has brought with it greater scrutiny of the board, its...

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VALUES AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES

We have all seen a myriad of company websites touting a list of values they stand for: Respect, Integrity, Communication and Excellence; Integrity and honesty in everything we do; High performance and great behaviours driving exceptional rewards; Respect, trust and...

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ENABLING THE NEXT GENERATION TO THRIVE

I love studying, working with and sharing stories about the next generation for it is a subject that encompasses defining wealth, the impact of our actions and indeed our purpose. In a nutshell it incorporates the purpose of our wealth…the purpose of our lives…and how...

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WILL YOU CHOOSE TO MATTER?

There is a great talk and initiative by Angela Maiers entitled “You Matter”, and how these two words could positively impact our lives. It really puts into perspective and simplicity the manner in which we conduct ourselves in our daily interactions, with great...

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FIND YOUR HARMONY – UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL

Imagine a violin - its beautiful lines, the warmth of its colour, the depth of its lacquer, the tactile feel of the wood. Such a work of craftsmanship, and yet, the beauty of the violin is wasted if hidden, nestling in its velvet lined case. Its true beauty comes when...

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TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

Within every person lie moments of significance, experiences that shape us, change our perspective, carve our character and drive us to a deeper part of ourselves. A few years ago I had one of those moments. It took the form of a terrible shock – the sudden death of...

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IN SEARCH OF WEALTH

I recall being at dinner with the Chinese Ambassador in Malta some years ago. My boss and mentor had invited me, so as they were in the throws of a discussion about power and money, I sat listening. The conversation was leading down a path where there was no...

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YOUR EXPERIENCES MATTER

We often admire the big names, the personalities, the people in positions of influence. But in so doing, we sometimes forget our own significance. I am currently in Malta. My mother’s native country. A place I have had a varied relationship with throughout my life,...

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THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN PEOPLE AND COMPANIES

If you speak to a young person about their job search, many will say they have applied to a number of companies through their online web portal but have never heard anything. And those that get rejected are disheartened because they never got to speak to a human...

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3 SECRETS OF TOP TALENT

In any organisation these days, we come across a myriad of titles. But when one breaks it down, what are titles really all about? Do they help us in being better? It seems to me that sometimes, a title is a mask and stands in the way of us being our best. For...

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