Category Archives: Handling Prima Donnas

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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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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How to manage an extrovert

I sat in on an interview conducted by an extrovert. In all the time he was talking, there wasn’t a single question directed at the candidate! She had a winning smile to be fair, and doubtless an impeccable CV, but … Continue reading

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Britain backs Botham

30 years ago, Headingly Yorkshire, Ian Botham pulled off the most spectacular victory in cricket test history. BBC’s Sir Ian Botham: The Legend of the 1981 Ashes   was a great way to reminisce about the events of that match and … Continue reading

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Ever had a bad hire?

Ever recruited someone who turned out to be a “dud”? I have. More than once. The problem is, and we’ve all done this, some people are a little economical with the truth on their CV. References stack up, but were … Continue reading

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Is Freddie great?

Is Andrew (Freddie) Flintoff a “great” cricketer? Yes, I think so. Why? Because I’m gutted he’s retired. Others come and go, quality players, many of them., but I will miss the “wow” factor, the hope he inspired, the magic of … Continue reading

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What are the 3 qualities of a leadership team?

Leaders lead through others. Choose well. Lack of integrity tends to show up again and again. Continue reading

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