Category Archives: Getting to the top

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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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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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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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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So what exactly is Lord Sugar looking for?

Well, after the departure of Chris Farrell from the Apprentice Boardroom, what qualities does the winner need to possess? After all, Chris was liked by everyone, played fair, worked hard and seemed to lose out due to friend Jamie’s transgression, not really … Continue reading

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How does Joel model leadership?

Don’t read this if you are out of touch with your sensitive side! But Channel 4’s Undercover Boss USA shows Joel Manby as a great model of leadership. It’s the usual format with Joel, CEO of Herschend theme parks, going … Continue reading

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How close is a big firm to failing?

The bigger you are the harder you fall, or so I was told. Having worked in the Big Four, I can confirm that they are very worried about falling over. And it’s no surprise either. When Arthur Andersen collapsed a … Continue reading

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