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About Anthony Hesketh

Anthony Hesketh, BSc Econ, PhD is Senior Lecturer in the Management School at Lancaster University, Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School and senior advisor to the Deloitte Analytics Institute. His research focuses on capturing the impact of strategy and human capital on organizational performance. Previous books include topics on talent (Oxford University Press, 2004), performance (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and, leadership (Palgrave, 2010). Anthony was the founding director of the Centre for Performance-Led HR at Lancaster University Management School. He is currently leading the Valuing Your Talent research for the UK’s chartered institutes of accounting (CIMA), Management (CMI), Personnel & Development (CIPD) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) funded by the UK government, exploring ways to better manage human capital and its reporting.

Thoughtful Leadership: When The Whole Is a Greater Than The Sum of the Parts

The recent appointment of Satya Nadella as the new chief executive of Microsoft didn’t catch many talent watchers by surprise. Late last year, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer discretely announced in a meeting with analysts that Microsoft had already found their new leader. Given no major resignations or announcements had been made, other than to end speculation first, over ex-HP head Mark Hurd, and then Ford CEO Alan Mulally shortly before Christmas, the smart money was on an internal appointment.

Article by 11 February 2014