Articles by Ian Pollard
Ian Pollard is a businessman, coach of senior executives and a writer and speaker on personal development. Ian has been Chairman, a director or CEO of around 30 companies. He has been coaching senior executives for more than a decade. Ian’s keenest interest, both academic and practical, is in the growth of individuals and of teams. Nothing gives him greater pleasure than seeing people jumping hurdles, growing through the experience and realising that they have further untapped potential. Ian is on the Executive Board of New River Leadership — a learning organisation committed to building the leadership capacity of individuals and groups in the face of continuous and complex change. Ian is a Rhodes Scholar and an actuary. He is also a keen sportsman and represented Australia in tennis in his youth.
Growing Capacity in the face of continuous and complex change There is so much talk about the need for “leadership”. Whenever things get difficult, up goes the call – “someone please help us get out of this mess” (at no cost to ourselves)! In an ever faster, more complex world, organisations face difficult change and uncertainty. Even new possibilities present complexity. Corporates have to navigate shifting markets and global competition: yesterday’s leading companies may be tomorrow’s basket cases.