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The best CEO’s have an ability to rise above the details and understand the larger picture and context. They have a keen sense of priorities as they think and act. We summarize this as an ability to “separate the signal from the noise.” Great CEOs have a “nose” for what are the most significant issues, challenges, threats, and opportunities facing an organization( How the best CEO’s differ from the average one’s – HBR 2016 )

Let that sink in for a moment……

Making informed decisions is more crucial than ever  in leading organisations to greatness.  Leadership Pulse is a capsule of last’s week’s unfolding dynamics ….a great way to prepare your plans for week  ahead:

Omicron variant cases skyrocket, countries rush to close borders while others head straight or lockdowns????????; SA spike leads to mass event cancellations, Matric rages cancelled as cases quadruple in 4 days????????????; CR considers mandatory jabs while pleading for citizens to up the vaccine drive????????; Aspen agrees terms with J&J for own brand of jab????????; possible restrictions likely through festive period????; initial data seems to show “omicron” has mild to less symptoms, but more transmissible????????; business urges vaccine mandates to curb 4th wave spread as std bank & old mutual join the mandatory vaccine fray????; Independent Directorate head Hermione Cronje resigns????⚖️; creditors give Mango’s business rescue plan the go ahead✈️; almost 30% of SA households rely on grants says Stats SA????????; JSC to run Chief Justice candidate interviews in Feb⚖️; court rewinds rules for CR vote of no confidence????; PRASA fires Zolani Matthew’s after failing to prove he met targets????????????; SANDF ordered to return unlicensed covid drug to Cuba????????; ANC MP’s reject DA’s pension reform bill????; SARS to challenge JZ tax ruling⏳; Cosatu slams lack of action in failing municipalities & provinces????; AA says Dec fuel price disaster completely home grown⛽️; unemployment data shows heavy toll of Zuma inspired violence in KZN & Gauteng????; e-toll decision to be made by feb budget says Mbalula????; SA citrus exports grow but revenue set to drop????; Hlophe battles for his job as big guns join the fray⚖️????; Gordhan expects sale of SAA to be concluded by early 2022✈️????; MP’s hail encouraging IT progress at home affairs????????; internationally, Germany sends all unvaccinated into mandatory lockdown????????; EU chief says bloc will now discuss mandatory jabs????; Greece to fine the unvaccinated above 60????????; China pledges another 1 bn vaccines for Africa????????; U.K. expands vaccine booster programme as omicron emerges????; Brazil enters recession as recovery short lived????; US warns Russia of “severe costs” if Ukraine is invaded????; EU imposes targeted sanctions on Belarus over migrant crisis????; US judge worries about domino effect of overturning abortion law????; Hong Kong exodus of teachers worries schools????; OECD lowers global growth outlook & warns of inflation????; FED chair Powell signals support for faster stimulus taper????; Barbados ditches Queen Elizabeth, forges new republic????; trust deficit clouds Vienna nuclear talks between Iran & world powers????????; Nicola Sturgeon to push again for Scottish independence????; couple goes to court to fight same sex marriages in India????????; NATO raises concern over Russian troop buildup near Ukraine????????; Right-Wing Marine La Pen has best chance of challenging Macron show polls???? ; indices, JSE@70807⬆️; DOW@34580⬆️; FTSE@7129⬆️; R/$15.91; R/£21.15; R/€17.98; Bitcoin $51916; sports, CSA’s acting CEO adamant rumours of India tour being delayed are speculation????; BlitzBokke in action again after last week’s phenomenal display winning Dubai Sevens, now gone 20 consecutive unbeaten World Series matches????????; FIFA dismisses SAFA’s refereeing case, Bafana miss out on 2022 World Cup spot⚽️; Trevor Nayakane leaves Bulls for Racing Metro 92 in France????; Handre Pollard set to land another mega money transfer????; Tiger Woods has no timetable for return but eyes The Open????️‍♂️; Anrich Nortje only SA player retained before IPL auction???? ( Thanks to Dan Thomalla )


One of my Leadership Guru’s , Ichak Adizes ,often poses this question ….What to do ?  As Leaders then ……what real Leadership initiative will we embark on this coming week to drive our organisations into better places ?