Author Archives: drstevelewis

About drstevelewis

Good leadership is essential for any project to succeed. I specialise in the most difficult leadership challenges; those involving the way we relate to other people or the way they relate to us. With a background of many years in business and an earlier training in medicine I combine the two in a unique consultancy.

Is Merrily Watkins a bad vicar?

“Midwinter of the Spirit” is ITV’s creepy adaptation of Phil Rickman’s book about a Diocesan Deliverance Consultant (exorcist in old money).  Single mother, chain-smoking, boozy Rev Merrily lurches from scene to scene, battling the forces of evil to rescue her stroppy … Continue reading

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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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Posted in Extravert v Introvert, Handling Prima Donnas, Leadership, Leadership problems, Leadership qualities, Managing people, Sport mirrors life, Why we need other people | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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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Posted in Greatness, Handling Prima Donnas, Leadership, Leadership problems, Managing people, Sport mirrors life, Success, Teamwork | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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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Posted in Are we logical?, Broken relationships in business, Conflict, Denial, Failure, High staff turover, Integrity in business, Leadership, Leadership problems | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Only the art-less can afford art

It seemed mighty unfair that the girls should lose the task. Kicking off a new series of BBC’s Apprentice, the first task was to design, make and sell printed items. The girls’ team Sterling produced some excellent ideas. Even the … Continue reading

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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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Posted in Big business failure, Broken relationships in business, Conflict, Cost of leadership, Do I really want the job?, Failure, Getting to the top, High staff turover, Leader resigns, Leadership, Leadership problems, Leadership qualities, Reluctant leader | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment