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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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Need to build Personal Resilience? Got a pile of manure? Then look for the donkey!

I very frequently apply the insight from my donkey story to whatever life experiences I am currently facing. This is a story about research conducted with two boys. One was placed in a room full of toys and the other was placed in a room full of manure and they were left alone for the day. When the researchers returned,…

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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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Shamrock Leadership Teams – using nature to help improve the effectiveness of the top team

I first came across the Shamrock Organisation metaphor in Charles Handy’s seminal book ‘The Age of Unreason’ over 35 years ago. Back then the world of work we take so much for granted today was an emerging phenomenon. Handy suggested that traditional organisations, where people are little cogs in big machines, would soon be extinct and would be replaced by…

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Mastery of Self – Our Learning Preference

Learning to lead starts with learning how to lead ourselves. Our own habits and rituals will determine to a large extent how effective a leader we become and a good place to start understanding this, is by looking at how our habits and rituals are formed. Habits are themselves a result of a learning journey that is worth a moment of reflection. The journey starts…

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Leadership 2020 – Leaders of the future your country needs you…

Whether we like it or not, Brexit is the new reality here in the UK. Whilst the impact of the recent referendum on our political leaders has been quick and dramatic, the impact on our economy is still uncertain. What is clear, is that rarely have leaders had to face such a dramatic shift in the external environment in which…

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When the going gets tough, the tough………. appear to resign!

What is happening to our leaders in the UK? If the current rate of resignations in politics, football and prime time car shows continues then there will be few left to lead anything in a few weeks’ time! I believe we have to accept that we cannot ask a leader to lead if the direction required goes against their long…

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