September 19, 2020

Leading With Vulnerability – Essential or Desirable Trait?

Leading with vulnerability is a competence I’m aware I must display, in my position. If we don’t lead from the front then we’re following someone else’s agenda. Similarly, we’re adopting their values and their leadership style. Or, at the very least we’re not challenging it. To my mind that’s leaving […]
July 17, 2020

Inspirational Podcast with CEO Andy Russell – When Charity is Close to Home

Inspirational Podcast interview with Andy Russell. Thought provoking and enlightening. Much of what Andy said – particularly in relation to their charitable work, chimed with me. Lockdown has been a sobering experience. It has also been good for me in many ways. Whilst I’m used to engaging in self-reflection, as […]
July 4, 2020

Inspirational Podcast With CEO Dr Jill Harrison – Living With Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

This is an inspirational podcast interview full of learning, insight and wisdom. Jill is candid and engaging in her account. She tells us about her experiences of growing up, with a whole host of health issues; that were misunderstood and therefore misdiagnosed. Consequently, this made life harder for her than […]
June 4, 2020

Inspiration Without Action? That’s but a Fleeting Desire!

I have found inspiration in many a rousing speech; resulting in a form of escapism. The speaker has lifted me out of the day-to-day and transported me into a world of possibility and hope. Typically, motivational speakers share a life changing event; an insurmountable challenge that has triggered an awakening […]
May 15, 2020

Experiencing Isolation in Work and Play? Define Your new Reality!

A sense of isolation was the result of a life decision to become financially and emotionally self-sufficient. This was a choice born out of a dysfunctional family dynamic. So, it won’t surprise you to hear that I delivered on that promise. Our ‘world truths’ beget our decisions; our decisions drive […]
April 30, 2020

Leadership Style is Critical in Unprecedented Times

Yes, your leadership style in a crisis is paramount to the organisation’s survival. You could argue these are not, in fact, unprecedented times. We could all quote situations that caused a downturn in the business. Some will have spotted the opportunity to come out of that. Others will have found […]
December 2, 2017

Want to Improve Productivity? Learn to Live for the Present!

Did somebody mention presents? This is the time of year with an emphasis on giving to others. Why not adapt that mindset for yourself too? Perhaps the greatest gift you can give yourself this Christmas is to learn to live in the moment. And to fully immerse yourself in the […]
November 18, 2017

Boost Your Inner Confidence With a Can-do Attitude!

CEOs and MDs know how to make decisions. Everyone looks to them for answers and that can be a constant stressor: having to ‘appear’ smart whilst ‘feeling’ dumb. Whilst the outward persona is one of certainty; inwardly the inner confidence is taking a knock. I’m not afraid to ask questions. […]
November 11, 2017

When Leadership Traits Derail Business Success

Demonstrating leadership traits is not the prerogative of CEOs and MDs; or their leadership teams. In fact, it is the responsibility of everybody in your employ. In setting the mission, vision and values you decide what’s important, in terms of leadership traits and behaviours. And companies that are successful have […]
November 3, 2017

People not Meeting Expectation? Hold Yourself to Account!

Meeting expectation (or not) depends on multiple factors. It’s so much more involved than people simply doing what you ask them to do. Many highly accomplished business leaders shy away from making bold decisions when it comes to managing people. They communicate the standard and then allow people to fall […]
October 28, 2017

Dream big? Focus on the Wider Goal!

When we say that we want to have, be or do something – and it doesn’t happen; what does that mean? You were sure you wanted it. You’ve planned for it. Also, you know how attaining it contributes to the wider goal.  And yet you’re left empty-handed. You wouldn’t want […]
October 20, 2017

The art of Receiving Feedback

At some point in their career every people manager has learned the importance of giving and receiving feedback. It’s a critical skill for anyone needing to engage with and influence another to do a job for them. A coaching client once said “The boss wants me to speak up more […]
October 14, 2017

The Impact of Goals on Performance

Research tells us that individuals who set specific, difficult goals perform better than those who set general, easy ones. That makes sense when we define them for ourselves. What happens when someone else creates them for you? And what happens when your boss dreads the task? The reality is that […]
October 7, 2017

Changing the Perception of Human Resources

To some businesses Human Resources is a necessary evil. In a previous role I took on the challenge, as Human Resources Director, to change that perception. I fulfilled my objective of showing the Executive Board that Human Resources is a value-add function. The clue is in the name. The function […]
September 15, 2017

Beware Infinite Patience Masquerading as Long-Term Strategy!

A lack of patience was one of my shortcomings when in salaried employment. Now, as CEO and business owner, that impatience for results is a prerequisite of the job. Nevertheless, infinite patience and utter impatience both have implications for long-term strategy. Also, they undermine corporate performance. Patience is a virtue. […]