September 8, 2017

The Overwhelming Temptation to Micro-Manage!

Business leaders are proactive individuals. So, the need to interfere can be compelling! And yet, to micro-manage is to stifle creativity. More than that, we risk disenfranchising members of our leadership team. And we risk losing the good will of our people. We know that’s not how people learn or […]
August 25, 2017

Why is Humility Such a Challenge for Business Leaders?

When I think of humility I think of people like Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. They are larger-than-life personalities. Their humility is surreal; a brand of leadership in its own right. I wouldn’t know where to begin emulating people like that, quite frankly. Feeling congruent comes to mind […]
August 18, 2017

Why Instant Gratification is a Curse for Employers

Those of us with years of work experience under our belt are used to biding our time. We’re accustomed to waiting for clients to be ready, willing and able to work with us. We wait for cash to come into the bank. And we wait for people to deliver on […]
August 11, 2017

The Invaluable Nature of Executive Coaching

Through Executive Coaching I understand only too well the importance of having clarity about what you want; and an evidence base for success. Armed with that knowledge I’ve still made life hard for myself, on occasion! And I’ve moved on an aspiration without having all the ingredients in place that […]
August 4, 2017

CEOs and MDs Must Stay Prepared for Business Success!

Research has shown that, the biggest challenge CEOs and MDs will ever have, is to balance immediate priorities whilst planning for the future. The following quote from Littlefinger (Game of Thrones) captured my imagination in relation to this concept: “All our troubles will come to an end; or life will […]
August 2, 2017

Martin Ware’s Story – Business Coaching (2017)

I’ve come into business coaching with an open mind. I’ve tried to be brutally honest with you and with myself. Sometimes that’s been quite difficult. I’ve tried to think through some of the questions you’ve posed and that’s helped me to rationalise what it is I’ve been trying to deal […]
July 28, 2017

Simplify Business Goals and You’ll Have to Achieve Them!

In the past I have set some big, hairy, audacious business goals. Then I’ve freaked out! Unless and until I revisit the ‘why’ question I won’t have the motivation to implement the goal. And a lack of drive puts a damper on creativity. We need our creative juices to flow […]
July 21, 2017

Improving Performance Depends More on People Than Process

Improving performance is always high on the agenda; whether I’m in discussions as the client or the provider. And one thing has become patently clear to me. People have to come before process. I recall one supplier who would routinely bombard me with ideas as to how I could promote […]
July 7, 2017

Product Differentiation is More Than the Widgets you Sell!

Ever think of yourself as a product in the business context? Well, you can be a source of product differentiation in the organisation; regardless of position. In fact, you already are, whether you know it or not. I was surprised the first time a student I didn’t know approached me […]
June 9, 2017

Effective Leaders can Translate Strategy Into Practice!

Research has shown that the biggest continuous challenge faced by CEOs is the ability to keep all plates spinning in the here and now, whilst planning for the future. And effective leaders know how to do that. Typically, leaders are better at one than the other. Those of you who’ve […]
June 2, 2017

Sustainable Success and Overnight Success a Contradiction in Terms!

Reaching the top in any field is a momentous achievement. And no doubt it involves working hard over a prolonged period of time. Sustainable success, on the other hand, is an entirely different proposition. Since Novak Djokovic finally won the French Open – becoming the only man to hold all […]
May 25, 2017

The art of Collaborative Engagement

Collaborative engagement was at its best following the recent terrorist attack in Manchester. On a personal level I witnessed its power. The number of friends, colleagues and acquaintances who made enquiries as to my well-being; and that of loved ones was mind-blowing. One individual I had met only once before! […]
May 12, 2017

Start a Task and Lose Personal Motivation? Here’s how to Follow Through!

A perceived lack of time usually results in a lack of personal motivation. General ‘busyness’ stops us from getting things done; specifically those tasks that we see as important. Let’s take reading as a case in point. Indeed, there are a lot of leadership books in my office ‘library’. I […]
May 5, 2017

Delayed Gratification a Leadership Trait?

That I do delayed gratification with aplomb is sometimes irksome to me. Mostly when I’m ready to do, be or have something and encounter a block of some kind. That’s when I become impatient. After all, I’ve waited long enough and I want the reward now! There’s a lot of […]
April 14, 2017

Inspiration Comes before Motivation. Leaders Inspire so Employees can Act!

We’re all looking for inspiration. The inspiration to grow, develop and break out of self-imposed restraints. When we’re inspired then we act. And that action is fuelled by self-motivation. Early on in my career as a General Manager I discovered that you can’t motivate people; not really. That’s why organisations […]