Category Archives: Leadership problems

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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Do we wash our dirty linen in public?

No. But it still needs washing.

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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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I don’t care!

Generally means “I do care”! Telling ourselves, telling the people around us, telling the people we lead “I don’t care” is pretty common. Particularly in the “pushy” type of leader. But is “not caring” a necessary characteristic for the modern successful … 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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Giving the nod to Lord Sugar

If you have an annoying trait it gets mercilessly thrown back at you on BBC’s Apprentice. By Episode 10, inventor Professor Tom Pellereau’s incessant nodding has started to grate on us, and Lord Sugar in particular. How bizarre then, that on this … Continue reading

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