Category Archives: Leadership Team Development

The Leader as a Coach – Time to stop being advice giving maniacs?

There are many different leadership models that enthusiastically declare how many leadership styles exist, ranging from the pragmatic to the prosaic. From 3 core styles in some theories, to up to 12 in others. Try this: Google ‘Leadership Styles’ and you will get 14.1 million results, so it is fair to say we are not short of advice on this…

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10 Habits for Highly Effective Leaders

(Adapted from Steven Covey’s “7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE” and enriched by Sensei) Habit #1 Respond rather than React: To be proactive means to act in advance and to act on things rather than letting them act on us. It states that, between stimulus and response, there is space which is called freedom. Being response-able means we choose our…

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New Ideas Needed? Try a change of scenery

Several years ago I observed something quite extraordinary. I was working with a leadership team helping them tackle their strategic, leadership and operational challenges and we were beginning to run out of ideas. I noticed I was hearing the same voices, saying the same things, reinforcing the current reality and witnessing the deflation of hope. Sound familiar? We took a…

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5 Critical Leadership Conversations

There is a critical but largely ignored aspect of leadership success, the conversations that leaders have that are designed to engage, enthuse, direct and motivate their work colleagues to deliver sustainable improved results. The quality of conversation in an organisation is an accurate barometer to the quality of the thinking taking place and therefore largely determines the quality of the work that…

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New Year, New Energy, New Projects….

The new year is traditionally a time to start new projects. There is often a collective sense of anticipation that lasts a while and can be used to fuel new initiatives and new projects, an energy that should not be wasted. I find the metaphor of a coach journey works well to explain how to get new projects to succeed. The first decision is to…

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The 3 Key Ingredients You Need for New Thinking to Occur

There is plenty of evidence around us that demonstrates us we are living though some unprecedented challenges to our conventional way of thinking. Just about the only thing we can say for certain about the future is that what will happen is uncertain. So, now more than ever, we need to stop and think about the way we think about…

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What’s the Value of Value? Are we trapping leaders in a meaningless measurement mind-set?

Leaders have always been required to deliver increased value from the assets they have under their stewardship. In some organisations this is the very essence and definition of effective leadership and they reward their leaders accordingly. Clearly hitting performance targets is a key aspect of any leaders role but a balance needs to be found between how this is achieved and…

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Where has all the bad news gone….? The Power of Positive Focus

Several weeks of saturation Olympic and Paralympic coverage by the BBC and Channel 4 here in the UK has left most of us feeling very proud, sated with sport and, dare I say, happy! The successes just kept on coming as the GB team surpassed all expectations and reached a record medal haul for an overseas games. The UK news seemed to reveal new…

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