Marathon Insight 2: How to Grow Value | 2016

To grow value, you have to focus on 4 key Value Drivers within your business. Do you know what these key drivers are, and how you can positively influence their impact within your business? Do you have the right strategies and measurements in place to support your value building efforts in a dynamic way? If the answer is NO to these questions, or there is doubt in your mind how to effectively address your financial management challenges, please read more...

Marathon Insight 1: Business Process Improvement | 2016

Within the current, tough economic climate, many business leaders are confronted with increasing cost pressure. Is your business being forced to consider necessary cost-cutting initiatives, but the management team is scared or reluctant to embrace the challenge? The cost saving question or challenge often leads to heated debate regarding potential solutions, and stretches both management and staff to re-think the cost model of the business.

Marathon Year-End Message | 2015

When times are tough, a different mindset prevails…Many would agree that times, especially in business right now, are tough – for a variety of reasons. You can either focus on the challenges, or you could step back and view things differently. It is true that tough times often bring out the best in people, circumstances, business and leadership.In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 sailed from England for a journey of 2 400 km across the Arctic continent to traverse the South Pole. They were trapped on their ship stuck in the Arctic ice packs for almost a year. When the vessel eventually sank, they had to trek and paddle to the uninhabited Elephant Island in temperatures as low as -27 °C.

Marathon Jaareindbrief | 2015

In moeilike tye gee jou denke die deurslag... Baie sal saamstem dat dinge, veral in die sakewêreld, nou moeiliker gaan – om verskeie redes. Jy kan óf vassteek voor die knelpunte, óf terugstaan en anders daarna kyk. Dit is waar dat moeilike tye dikwels die beste in mense, omstandighede, sake en leierskap na vore bring. In 1914 het sir Ernest Shackleton en sy bemanning van 27 van Engeland gevaar vir ’n tog van 2 400 km oor die Arktiese vasteland om die Suidpool oor te steek. Hulle was bykans ’n jaar op hulle skip tussen ysmassas vasgekeer. Toe die skip uiteindelik sink, moes hulle in temperature van tot -27 °C na die onbewoonde.

Bill Hybels | The Intangibles of Leadership

Bill Hybels is senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, a church of more than 25,000 that celebrates its 40th year in 2015. He founded The Global Leadership Summit with a commitment to develop and mentor leaders worldwide. In 2014, the Summit equipped more than 220,000 leaders in 785 cities and 108 countries. Hybels is the best-selling author of more than 20 books including Simplify, Courageous Leadership and Leadership Axioms.

Jim Collins | Seven Questions: Beyond Good to Great

Driven by a relentless curiosity into what makes great companies tick, Jim Collins has authored or co-authored six books on leadership that have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. He began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and in 1995 he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. Passionate about the business and social sectors, in 2012 and 2013, he served as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Horst Schulze | Creating World Class Service

As CEO of Capella Hotel Group, Horst Schulze inspires client loyalty by raising the bar for customer service. Under his leadership, The Ritz-Carlton Group was awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in both 1992 and 1999—the first and only hotel company to win even one such award. A leader and entrepreneur, he inspires leaders with practical ways to create high-quality customer service experiences.

Sheila Heen | Thanks for the feedback

Sheila Heen has spent two decades at the Harvard Negotiation Project specializing in our most difficult conversations—where disagreements are strong, emotions run high and relationships become strained. Her firm, Triad Consulting Group, works with executive teams to strengthen their working relationships, work through tough conversations and make sound decisions together. She has written two New York Times bestsellers, including her most recent, Thanks for the Feedback, which helps leaders improve their ability to receive feedback.