July 29, 2016

Leadership Without Integrity? The Consequences can be Crippling!

Following the news surrounding Sir Philip Green – blamed for the collapse of BHS and the £570m deficit in its pension fund – I wonder how he was able to fool so many for so long. Perhaps he didn’t; maybe those who weren’t involved lacked the courage to speak out. […]
July 22, 2016

We Were all the Future Once…

A phrase used by David Cameron, ex Prime Minister to describe himself; and an example of how we can set off on a career path, with conviction and good intentions and still come a cropper! It’s notable that the things we resolve to change are generally the systematic failures. And […]
July 14, 2016

Ever Wonder What People are Thinking About You? We Must Recognise our Impact!

Having arrived on site nice and early, I was looking forward to working with a client’s Senior Management Team. Well prepared, with lots of exciting material on Leadership, I was imagining with a smile how the day would unfold; until my vision was interrupted by the behaviour of the managers […]
July 8, 2016

Let me Tell you a Secret…

A friend once said that a secret is something shared with one other person; and that comment has never left me. If, when we are told something in confidence, we share that information with our spouse, best friend or close work colleague and they do the same; pretty soon that […]
June 30, 2016

Which is More Valuable, Skill or Attitude? It’s 80% Psychology!

Before England’s football team had navigated their way out of the group stages of Euro 16 Greg Dyke, Football Association (FA) Chairman said that anything less than a semi-final showing would be considered a poor result. He also pointed out that the manager’s job would be in jeopardy. Why on […]
June 24, 2016

Made Your Decision? Show me the Evidence!

There was much debate amongst family and friends about the recent EU Referendum and sharing of third party conversations. What struck me was the number of random reasons people were using to justify their decision about which way to vote. Some of the logic I heard included voting ‘remain’ to […]
June 16, 2016

Recognise an Element of Complacency? Inspiration is a job That Never Ends!

From another room my friend could hear her husband at his computer, muttering under his breath “God, I’m good”. It was a statement he made frequently, when he was focused on his work and thought no-one was listening. Self-approval is something we should all experience; and it does no harm […]
June 11, 2016

Think Like an Entrepreneur? Then Your Role Will Have Changed out of Sight!

The vast majority of small businesses – and the people who found them – remain today what they were when they started: jobs for the people who created them. They set themselves up to do what they love (I hope), but have not learned how to build a business; which […]
June 3, 2016

What Does Your Employee Retention Capability say About You?

Whilst many more people are branching out on their own; the majority continue to work for someone else. And that puts the responsibility for employee retention squarely on the employer’s shoulders. And as the business grows, it’s easy to lose sight of what the company is trying to achieve. This […]
May 20, 2016

Technical or Tactical Development: Which Approach is Best?

It depends on the current reality – what’s working and why you think you might be falling short. I was listening to pundits explain why Andy Murray might struggle to become the world’s number one tennis player and consistently beat the other three players in the category they call ‘the […]
May 14, 2016

Lack Time for Personal Development? Don’t be a one Trick Pony!

Having just spent three days immersed in a programme of personal and professional development, along with some fascinating people; I came away full of ideas on multiple levels. For example, I’ve been thinking about how I could incorporate elements of the learning into my client work; and reflecting on which […]
May 7, 2016

Missed out on Success? Second Chances are all Around You!

Researching the latest thinking around resilience in leadership has caused me to consider the sorts of situations that require a resilient mentality; and how many of those situations are dependent on the mindset of the individuals experiencing them. So, if I asked you to name your three greatest ‘failures’, would […]
April 30, 2016

To Niche or not to Niche: That is the Question

…And an interesting one at that. My observation is that we need to do both. Here’s how I’ve arrived at that conclusion. One of the most difficult challenges for talented people, who are trying to make their mark in life, is how to set themselves apart from their competitors. Many […]
April 22, 2016

Consider Yourself a Great Leader? Then you Must be Boring!

There’s a balance to be had between setting the business direction and interfering with progress. How do I know? Because I’ve witnessed ‘visionary’ leaders get carried away with their story, to the point where they become a liability to business growth. The strength in being able to ‘sell the dream’ […]
April 14, 2016

Employee Behaviours you Wouldn’t Want on Public Record? Here’s What to do About it!

Stood in a queue at the local Post Office I read the following sign: ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR We work hard to provide you with an excellent service and deserve to be treated with respect. Neither we nor our customers are here to be verbally or physically abused. Anti-social behaviour will not […]