Category Archives: Leader resigns

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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What happens if you mess up?

It’s all very well writing about leadership and integrity in business and in the community, but what happens when we get it wrong? What happens when we totally blow it? Is there hope after a disaster? Well it’s true that our … 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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Naked leadership – “Emperor’s Clothes”?

Have you noticed how some leaders have few skills but no-one says anything? A bank loses £22 billion or was it £28billion, I don’t recall exactly. But we were all up in arms. Did the leader suddenly make a mistake? … Continue reading

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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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Floored by flaws

Character flaws that served us well on the way up can easily be our downfall when we get there. For example, cheating or playing unfairly can gain us an advantage. But when we near the top these flaws become more … Continue reading

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No judgments in failure

Falls from grace can be dramatic. The higher we are in an organisation the more catastrophic the results are when we make mistakes. I try to make no judgments in working with leaders. I know how much courage it takes … Continue reading

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