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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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! […]
March 21, 2017

When Business Growth Scuppers Exemplary Leadership

Exemplary leadership isn’t about doing everything yourself. You’re busy, working flat out and at times meeting yourself coming backwards. I get that. Or maybe you believe you’re best placed to be out on the road. Since closing deals or serving customers brings some satisfaction. And at least you’re acting on […]
March 18, 2017

The art and Science of Creative Employee Engagement

People are not all alike. We know this. So, creative employee engagement requires you to see your employees – really see them. And to learn what makes them tick. A manager told me recently that he often sees people flouting company rules as he walks around the office. Uncertain about […]
March 10, 2017

Executive Development Requires a Flexible Approach

Executive development is the preserve of the top 5% to 10% of the organisation. And that membership has a tendency to morph and change over time; until eventually you end up with a well functioning team – at least that’s the plan! To begin with there has to be (at […]
March 3, 2017

Developing a Leadership Pipeline That Works

There are different ways to nurture the leadership pipeline in your organisation. Your approach may not work for everyone. And yet the only views that matter belong to the people who work for you. Eddie Jones, England rugby union coach, calls the players that come off the bench ‘finishers’ rather […]
February 3, 2017

Transformational Leadership Expected of Women and Appreciated in Men!

The research says we expect women everywhere to do transformational leadership rather than transactional leadership. We assume that women will be nurturing to their teams and be team players. Furthermore we anticipate they’ll bring people on and that they’ll take on all those developmental roles in the organisation. And they […]
January 20, 2017

Underestimate Self-Knowledge at Your Peril!

Executives and senior managers cannot afford to underestimate the importance of self-knowledge. Failure to face reality can destroy your career and your business. Usually, when I ask a company director for their biggest challenge, you tell me that once you reach that new level in the organisation, you stop receiving feedback. […]