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Time is money? Time is fuel! We’ve all heard the adage ‘time is money’ – but it doesn’t make sense to me. Money is something we can get more of, it is something we can lose, it is a variable. Time is a constant…I can guarantee you that you will have 24 hours tomorrow; and […]

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Jesus Christ No, this isn’t just because it’s Christmas! If leadership is about humility, courage, determination, service, mission focus, clarity of outcome, nurturing followers, team building, teaching, moral integrity…then who has demonstrated more? Two wiser men than me have views that are, unless we are lazy, difficult to dismiss: For better or worse Napoleon Bonaparte […]

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Comparison, Contribution, Confidence. Comparison: don’t compare yourself to other people. Thinking there is always someone better than you can be disempowering; thinking there is always someone worse off than you is disingenuous. I prefer to aim to live by the two principles in Steve Peter’s ‘The Chimp Paradox’: i) life isn’t fair; ii) do your […]

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“Organizations around the world are failing on one key metric of success: leadership development.” https://hbr.org/2017/11/turning-potential-into-success-the-missing-link-in-leadership-development?autocomplete=true The article outlines the problem as: “Corporate leadership development programs aren’t working. Less than a quarter of executives at the organizations that have them think they’re effective.” People are made to be brilliant. However, it bemuses me that organisations in […]

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Appreciative Inquiry I first came across Appreciative Inquiry more than 10 years ago as an approach and discipline to problem solving and change that is both energising and creative. The key author I have encountered is David Cooperrider and the approach is essentially the 4-Ds: Discover, Dream, Design, Destiny. Any workshop where I have led […]

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Simon Sinek ‘How great leaders inspire action.’ This TED talk is widely known and I’ve been watching it for years already – and yet I’m still directing people to it. It’s always worth re-viewing. Leaders always need to be able to articulate why they’re doing what they’re doing…clarity of purpose (and hopefully outcome) is essential […]

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  My best development learning…ever – that keeps cropping up. In 2004 whilst serving as a Flight Commander at Royal Air Force College Cranwell my good friend and forward thinking colleague Mark Lovatt arranged for us to attend a 2-day introductory course on Transactional Analysis – TA101. Knowing nothing about TA previously I have since […]

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Every leadership team I work with recognises that trust is an essential criteria for development. Patrick Lencioni’s “5 Dysfunctions of a Team” clearly sets out that trust is the foundation for team performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inftqUOLFaM Cerebrally, leaders get that if team members trust each other then amazing things can be achieved. However, talk of trust is […]

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My favourite leadership book…ever. I was given this book as a gift by my friend Rachel Bicker in the early days of being the architect for a leadership development programme in a government agency. I’m not sure whether it is a leadership book in a conventional sense…but it is full of parables, anecdotes and uplifting […]