Monthly Archives: January 2011

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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Posted in Broken relationships in business, Confidential advice, Getting to the top, Leadership, Leadership problems, Leadership qualities, Managing people, Personal development, Reluctant leader | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s great at the top isn’t it?

Of course we all want to be promoted, don’t we? The aspiration of every young trainee is to better herself, to climb up the greasy pole, to get to the top. Of course it is. But what happens when we … Continue reading

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Posted in Family life, Getting to the top, Lonely at the top, Personal development, Reluctant leader | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Is fraud only in politics?

An MP goes to prison for cheating on his expense claims. Judging by today’s┬áTimes’s comments the response has been highly charged. “All politicians are corrupt”…”prison’s too good”… on the one hand and “not that bad really” (I paraphrase) on the … Continue reading

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Posted in Are we logical?, Big business failure, Confidential advice, Denial, Dishonesty, Personal development | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Ashes series win – let the party commence

Wins do not get better than this! How does a losing team pull back over two years and win a series of 5 test matches in Australia 3-1? Brilliant leadership! Great coaching. Superb individual and team performances. You have to … Continue reading

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Posted in Ashes, Finding success in business, Getting to the top, Sport mirrors life, Success | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment