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How aware are you of the positive impact of your leadership?

April 16, 2019

It’s 6.30 p.m. on a chilly Monday evening and I am huddled on a crowded railway station in central London waiting to get the train home. A man in his early 40s walks towards me and asks: “John . Do you remember me?” Feeling a bit uncomfortable, I reply: “Your face is familiar” He rescues…

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Leadership Challenges for 2019 – What will be your “Dawn Wall” in the year ahead.

January 7, 2019

Over the holiday my son persuaded me to watch a film with him about rock climbing, his new hobby. I expected a worthy portrayal of the technical aspects of an ascent up some steep rocks . I didn’t expect a compelling human drama about emotional vulnerability, compassion and prioritising others over self.   The film,…

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How leaders engage teams to make better business decisions

November 5, 2018

GE, Sears, TSB, House of Fraser have recently attracted the sort of publicity that no business leaders want. Their failures, caused by flawed decision making, headlined across global business and mainstream media. Making decisions is a major part of what you do as a leader. So how can you avoid the pitfalls of poor decisions? Even…

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Change one word to transform leadership team performance

September 11, 2018

As a leader, from time to time, you are going to face resistance from colleagues when you are trying to bring about change. When this happens, you may feel an impulse to stand in their shoes and ask “What’s in it for me”? You’re seeking to understand, to find a way to respond to your colleagues’…

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What change will you lead in 2018?

January 2, 2018

New year, a time to look back and to look forward. When I look back on 2017, a highlight was a visit to Venice to celebrate my partner’s birthday. Like millions of others, we were attracted by the beauty, romance and splendour of this city of marble palaces, built on a lagoon. Its growth was…

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Touching Gold

November 21, 2017

Businesses need to look beyond dazzling winning performances to find the real gold at the Olympics At the London 2012 Olympics, Mo Farah enthralled us on consecutive Saturday evenings with two golds on the track. Jessica Ennis inspired us with her heroic winning performances in the Heptathlon. The GB cyclists day after day dazzled on…

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3 Key Lessons for High Performing Teams from The British & Irish Lions Series 2017

July 16, 2017

Last Saturday the British & Irish Lions and New Zealand Rugby (All Blacks) teams, could not be separated, after three test matches and 240 minutes of physical intensity. They scored 15 points each to draw the match and the series. When the referee blew his whistle to end the match, no-one cheered. The players froze.…

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Leadership Lessons From The Cloud

July 12, 2017

It’s the characteristics of the internet that is where the clues can be found. These are openness, flexibility, collaboration and engagement. Today’s companies face unprecedented challenges and the Cloud can offer insights into meeting them. Firstly, they operate in an environment where the rate of change is accelerating. In the technology sector alone, the amount…

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Do We Expect Too Much From Business Leaders?

February 2, 2017

There has been much controversy recently about what we should expect from business leaders and the rewards they receive. This preoccupation with individual executives can be counterproductive and damaging to companies, diverting attention away from what is really required of them. Hence in this edition of “Front of Mind” we pose the question: Of course…

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