Monthly Archives: August 2010

Undercover boss – was it rubbish?

Not at all! Although the business dealt in recycling rubbish – see Channel 4’s latest episode about Viridor.   CEO Colin Drummond goes undercover to work in the gritty front line of waste disposal. Two things captivate me watching this … Continue reading

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Is it lonely at the top?

Lieutenant John Chard: You didn’t say a thing to help, Bromhead. Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead: Well, when you take command, old boy, you‘re on your own. … (Zulu 1964)

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What is the price of leadership?

The total value of HP shares fell $10billion when the CEO resigned. Was he really worth so much? Your comments please!

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What are the 3 Ps of Dragons’ Den?

How do you get them to invest in your idea? Last night’s episode of Dragons’ Den (from fashionable wellies to bike/pram) shows us exactly how to get an investment and how not to! The 3 Ps are: People Product Performance … Continue reading

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What do I do with a Prima Donna?

How do you handle talented people on your team? For many, talent lags behind confidence, which is the opposite of the proverbial “prima donna”. A good leader avoids the following mistakes: Keeping down people more talented than himself; Spotting talent … Continue reading

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Can you imagine 11 Geoffrey Boycotts in a side?

As the great batsmen himself would say: “Bowlers win matches” But it’s totally obvious we need a side mixed with the great and good: batters, bowlers, catchers, fielders. So when we recruit, why do we choose people like us? Why … Continue reading

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Who says money motivates – undercover Jockey Club?

Big bonuses: is that what does it? Not according to Undercover Boss Paul Fisher at the Jockey Club. Former newspaper delivery boy turned accountant turned COO takes off his suit and dons stubble on Channel 4’s latest edition of Undercover … Continue reading

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What beats success?

Greatness goes beyond mere success. 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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Is working longer better?

Imagine the Martians are looking down at us in the UK. They see large buildings which appear to be factories. In one factory they observe the workers work a strict 7 hours and then go home in small efficient vehicles. The … Continue reading

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