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Year-end hoves into view – time to create an 80 Day Plan

I don’t wish to create any undue panic but year-end is approaching and approaching fast. You have c80 working days left to deliver whatever you promised back in January before you and your colleagues will be winding down and getting tied up in festivities. So the time to act is now! I am a fan of short term 80 –…

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Comfort Zone Discomfort – Finding the edge and taking a step beyond

What makes some of us comfortable experiencing the dis-comfort of stepping outside our comfort zone and others who see this zone as a definitive boundary beyond which lies stupidity and foolishness? This question has continued to intrigue me as I seek in my coaching work to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. I have the good fortune to coach…

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The Leaders Guide to Corporate Culture – Mind the Gap!

Changing strategy and changing culture are two of the most common areas leaders focus on to make an impact. The question is, where to start? Peter Drucker famously said ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast’ but that does not mean leaders should start with setting out to change the culture. In fact I would advise the opposite. A clear and compelling…

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Culture & Cowdung – the Conventional Wisdom of the Dominant Group

We all have a personal paradigm, a filter that enables us to make sense of the world around us. Its presence is reassuring, as without it we would be overwhelmed by the enormous amount of stimuli that surrounds us every moment of every day. Personal paradigms are essentially a collection of unquestioned assumptions and beliefs that for us are self-evident…

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Strategy & Culture – The 2 main levers leaders can pull to make their mark

Strategy provides clarity, direction and focus for collective change work and I have written a lot about this topic in previous blogs. Check out ‘Strategy as a little black dress‘ and ‘Visions, missions and all that jazz’ as two examples. Culture by contrast is far more elusive and esoteric, made up as it is of unspoken ‘truths’, embedded rituals, incumbent…

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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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View from the Coach Window – what value do the passengers get?

Much has been written about the value of having a coach, mainly by people like myself who offer coaching as a professional service and who are looking to encourage more people to consider having a coach! Obviously I see no harm in this noble aim, however in this article I wanted to reflect on this topic through the eyes of…

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