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Here’s To The Crazy Ones

I revisited an iconic Apple advert from 1997, whose message about creativity in challenging the status quo spoke volumes about what it means to be a leader.

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How Much Did You Grow Last Year?

In December every year I look back to see what I’ve achieved, what I’ve learned, how my health and fitness is, how my relationships have developed and grown. When I’ve reviewed the previous year, I decide what my key goals, actions and targets will be for the next year.

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Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!

Over the last 10 years I must have run at least 20 executive Retreats and they never fail to deliver. People come away having spent time thinking, reflecting and gaining perspective on their lives. They follow this with real change, not usually on the small things, but quite life changing things.

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Why Change Fails

Change is a complicated beast; it’s all around us and yet we find it so hard to do in organisations. Why is this?

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Why Teams Bond

It’s one of the joys of my life to observe people and teams, grow, change direction, stretch themselves, show vulnerability and become what they want to be, not rest on what they are.

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Strategy 101

Strategy is one of the most overused, yet misunderstood, words in leadership circles. And the biggest danger is that the members of your leadership team have different views about what it means. In other words: there is no clarity and alignment.

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Are You A Lazy Leader?

Are you a gritty leader, or a lazy one? How we act (not what we say) day in and day out will make the difference to the culture, the churn rate, the engagement of your people and lead to changes in productivity, effectiveness, creativity and innovation and, ultimately, our credibility and success as a leader.

Definition of Leadership

How do you define leadership?

A colleague and I interviewed 30 middle managers and asked them: “How are you judged as a leader?” Their response was fascinating and alarming in equal measure.

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