Time to reset the ‘muscle-memory’: the rise of Nexus Leadership

July 19, 2016 by Six Degree People leave a comment + 6560 comments

If Brexit or the leadership ‘Game of Thrones’ in the UK or US has done anything - it’s brought the (dis)engaged citizen ‘front and centre’. A wake up call for every leader in big business and politics that it’s time for an overhaul of how we view the right leadership to take us forward. We are racing towards more inclusive capitalist economics, but what needs to be understood is that ‘what brought us here, will not get us there’. It’s time for organisational ‘muscle-memory’ to be reset.

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Disruption on a memorable Friday… leaders who can embrace change and the opportunity

June 24, 2016 by Six Degree People leave a comment + 6386 comments

In the UK we’ve just voted for the biggest uncertainty in a generation. It’s linked to citizen’s disconnection with the norm, the establishment – something we’re helping our clients figure out. For instance, what’s the growth model for big food, if sugar is becoming the new tobacco? Should you look to establish a link between the CEO’s pay and the employee? Just what is the fair tax bill for a multinational when the legal and societal tax bill are so far apart?

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A one dimensional approach to finding your purpose is a dangerous high risk strategy. Ask Antony Jenkins or even Brendan Rodgers.

December 9, 2015 by Six Degree People leave a comment + 6389 comments

Over the last 3 – 4 years the plethora of consulting firms popping up helping an organisation to find their purpose is startling. Often their clients are organisations that have experienced poor growth, vis a vis their competition most have products services and business models which haven’t kept up with our rapidly changing world. At the heart of these organisations’ is a DNA which lacks agility and resilience. The more an organsiation talks about innovation, purpose and change the less likely they are to really understand what that means in our experience.

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Philanthropy in Transition – Creating a New Kind of Leader

November 13, 2014 by Ross Nicholson leave a comment + 6334 comments

A globally connected world where social media creates more ‘voice’ for consumers is driving greater transparency and accountability in the corporate world. This trend is increasingly being reflected in the philanthropic one where investors are becoming more demanding about how their ‘gifted’ capital is deployed. The focus is now on impact and how foundations measure it. Equally, as philanthropists become younger and more widespread – both as investors and as practitioners – more emphasis is being placed on understanding what works and what doesn’t. How do we create positive long-term social change rather than simply a cosmetic approach to creating social value?

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Right-Brain Thinking is Just Not Enough

October 23, 2014 by Ross Nicholson leave a comment + 6166 comments

Having recently left yet another totally inspiring Sustainability 50 Fall Summit in New York, I’m left feeling like I just attended some kind of ‘yoga retreat for the brain’. I feel as though I’ve been punched and hugged all at the same time - but mostly hugged (in a good way). We covered a rollercoaster of emotions in just 36hrs. Game-changing leaders took us through; real-time global health threats; the colossal and diverse benefits of the financial education of women at the bottom of the pyramid; shifting business models to reinvent growth and the real threat posed by hackers but the lessons we could learn from their disruptive influence.

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