Category Archives: Positional leadership

Why is car parking such a big deal?

On a sales call a few years ago, I parked in the managing director’s space by mistake. Did I get the order? Of course not! He seemed very grumpy when I met him, although we had everything his company appeared … Continue reading

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“A man’s gotta know his limitations”

Inspector Harry Callaghan seems to utter a profound truth. How can knowing your limitations be a positive thing? In Magnum Force, legendary “Dirty Harry” played by Clint Eastwood dishes out justice. If we look beyond the methods he uses for … Continue reading

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What’s it like to be “Rev”?

What’s it like to be the leader? BBC’s irreverent series gets right behind the eyes of the leader of a fictional London church. It can be lonely at the top. Adam (the vicar) feels like his only confidant is Colin, a … Continue reading

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What happens when the leader isn’t leading?

Have you ever been notionally in charge, but the people seem to have a will of their own? I was recently at a gig with thousands of others all enthusiastically singing along. Trouble is the band’s vocals were hard to pick … Continue reading

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How many steps to the top are there?

Working in a “Big 4″ advisory firm, I once counted about 20 different grades. There were “associates”, “managers”, “executives”, “partners” “directors”. But there are only basically three real “levels”: worker, manager and owner. So how do you get to the … Continue reading

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Why pay the boss the most?

Leadership is a gift. Some possess it. Some don’t. Many of us are still learning leadership. But the trouble with paying the top leader the most is this: The wrong people are attracted into leadership, and the wrong people are … Continue reading

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All partners are equal but some are more equal than others!

Who is the boss? Does my job title matter? In professional services firms, people businesses, the positional titles are not necessarily the same as who is in charge! Who is the real leader? Are all the partners equal? Are all … Continue reading

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