Category Archives: Leadership

If no one is following you are not leading

Captain Cook gets a baptism

England suffered a heavy defeat this morning in the first Test Match against India at Ahmedabad. What is it like being a leader at times like this? Alastair Cook, England’s relatively new captain will be learning some tough lessons: 1. … Continue reading

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There’s no KP in TEAM

We’ve all heard that there’s no “I” in TEAM. After being dropped, there is now no Kevin Pietersen either. So why did England omit KP from their crucial final Test squad against South Africa at Lords today? Is there a … Continue reading

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The crumbling imperfections of parenthood

My card: ‘Dad I still love you even though your going bald’! The toughest leadership challenge is parenthood. It’s also the most rewarding. Why is it hard? Is it good? It’s hard because it’s personal. Our children see us exactly … Continue reading

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Do we wash our dirty linen in public?

No. But it still needs washing.

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The reluctant leader

Ever been to a lecture on “cold calling”? A few years ago I did just this. I sat through 30 minutes of suggestions about scripts, about what we could say to potential “prospects”. A question was then put to us … Continue reading

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Gareth Malone has vision

Gareth Malone demonstrates real flair in judging how far he can take his choir. With real vision he takes them to the very best place they could reach. Continue reading

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Do you believe in people?

I fully understand if you don’t, because people let you down. But if we want to lead people we have to start believing in them. Sometimes it takes a real act of faith. Or maybe it’s instinct. After all there … Continue reading

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The cost of leadership

Leadership is giving. Giving more than you get back. Sure there are returns, great returns, but don’t count on it. Yes they may owe you, but they won’t always know that. Leadership is serving, being enough for them. Leadership is … Continue reading

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Does the boss need to be good with people?

The commonest reason for promotion to manager is: technical excellence and hard work. But if you want to lead people, those excellent technical skills won’t be anything like enough. Even worse, if you work in a business where it’s every-man-for-himself, … Continue reading

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Is the war nearly over? Ashes Day 18

It looks like Ashes victory is in sight by the end of day 3 at Melbourne. But how did England recover from their comprehensive defeat at the “WACA”? And what have been the ingredients of their success here? My view … Continue reading

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