Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – the Evolution of the Role

The Evolution of the role of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) The role of the CFO has, like all other C-suite roles, undergone a transformation in recent years, writes Michelle O’Connor of Alternatives Elect.  Whilst it will continue to be primarily responsible for financial planning and financial reporting for the organisation, it has broadened and […]

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Follow The Leader

Jim Barry, Managing Director of Barry Group, talks about his leadership style with Charley Stoney, Group MD of Alternatives Group. (This article first appeared in Shelflife Magazine in December 2014.) With the technological efficiency of a large organisation and yet the nimble mind set of a medium sized company, Jim Barry, MD of Barry Group, […]

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My thoughts following the “Promoting gender balanced leadership conference” at Dublin Castle

Gender Balanced Leadership I attended the recent conference on “Promoting gender balanced leadership” at Dublin Castle. It was a great day, with about 20 top class speakers. I was interested in the diversity and gender balance issue at the leadership level for business in particular and thought I would share some of the learnings from […]

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The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions

First impressions are earned quickly, but it takes time for employees to figure out the impact you are attempting to create in your leadership role.  I’ve seen many leaders attempt to use their power and influence to impress their employees only to find this strategy backfiring because they were too aggressive – rather than taking […]

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4 Leadership Messages Your Talent Needs to Hear

Worried about a leadership shortage? Gazing at a thin management pipeline? Wondering how to get the most out of the talent you have? It’s time to expand and amplify your organization’s leadership by looking beyond your proven superstars and management-track talent. Young professionals and experienced individual contributors need to be part of the leadership equation, […]

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8 Traps Successful Leaders Must Avoid

When an organization is performing well, investments in talent and innovation should be at full-throttle. As recent history has shown, companies tend to get complacent when they are on top, instead of sustaining their momentum through strategic focus. Great leaders know how to keep momentum alive by leveraging their distinct competitive advantages.   They remain hungry in […]

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