Leadership

‘Morning guys’ – the email starts. ‘Quick observation that is really getting on my tits’. Then it gets worse. And worse. And even worse. It ends with a pretty clear direction – ‘YOU BETTER UP YOUR GAME OR YOU WILL FEEL MY WRATH…’. This, thankfully, is not an email I received.  It was something a […]

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I’m often asked about ‘what it takes to be a leader’, and heaven knows there’s a gazillion “5 things to master to be a great leader” articles around, but I believe there’s one true lesson of leadership that changes everything. It’s the answer to a very simple question – Why do you lead? And the […]

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There’s not a person in the people, leadership or culture space who isn’t currently being challenged on ‘what is leadership’, let alone how to develop it. There’s also not a CEO, HRD or any other C-Suite Executive who is not acutely conscious that their ability to deliver “leadership”, either personally or through their team, will […]

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Have you ever experienced a small act of leadership that made a surprisingly big impact? I’m talking about the humble, everyday actions of a leader – at any level – that can make a much bigger difference to a business than the ‘text book’ qualities we often hear called out. Can those small actions be […]

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As promised, and without apology, another bakery metaphor – this time, scones as a metaphor for Talent Management. Stay with me ☺ Talent Management is really one of THE core skills (or is it an ‘art’?) of great leaders. Ever seen a great leader without a host great people around them? Ever heard the story […]

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Dear CEOs, Please stop firing pregnant women (and women just before they return from Maternity Leave). Or at least use your considerable organisational power to stop others from doing it on your watch. It is an incredibly shabby way to treat people. It damages our shared future. Oh, and it’s against the law. Sincerely, Everyone […]

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Answering the question – Is it possible to end an office romance well?   Thanks for your feedback on the case studies we’ve shared recently on bullying and dismissal. Both very tough topics, but both issues that can be better handled than they usually are, simply by adopting a more generous and open mindset. As […]

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Last week, I watched two speeches by two very senior leaders. In both cases, I found myself watching every fibre of their beings, with every fibre of mine. I was watching for honesty, and the vulnerability that comes with it. I could hear all the words, but I was watching their faces, looking for a […]

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I’m always fascinated by so many leaders thinking they’re truly talented at managing talent when we all know that so many people leave a business because they’re not developing, and businesses are always looking outside because the internal talent isn’t ready. Ironically, it does remind me of the gender pay gap. Almost every leader I’ve […]

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We all want to work somewhere with a great culture and leadership, but it’s so hard to pick either of these when you’re still outside the organisation. Here’s some thoughts on how best to get some inside info so you make great decisions.  Step 1 – The Mindset You are a really important part of […]

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