Category Archives: Leadership

If no one is following you are not leading

The cost of leadership

Leadership is giving. Giving more than you get back. Sure there are returns, great returns, but don’t count on it. Yes they may owe you, but they won’t always know that. Leadership is serving, being enough for them. Leadership is … 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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Is the war nearly over? Ashes Day 18

It looks like Ashes victory is in sight by the end of day 3 at Melbourne. But how did England recover from their comprehensive defeat at the “WACA”? And what have been the ingredients of their success here? My view … Continue reading

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How does sport mirror life? Ashes day 7

I was once paid to watch cricket. Well only for an hour or so, and technically I was at a “networking event”, so it was really work, honestly! One of the side effects of enjoying sport, is hearing some of … Continue reading

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What did Sandeesh do wrong?

In episode 7 of BBC’s Apprentice Sandeesh Samra was well-matched against Stuart Baggs, but for completely different reasons. Whilst Stuart’s management style was appalling from the outset of the task he led, poor Sandeesh just could not plan. Her efforts kicked off with an … 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 did they survive and then escape?

Would it be fair to say that Chile has dramatically raised its status in world esteem? 33 miners survived a world record time trapped deep underground. How did they survive? And how did those incredible engineers get them out? It … Continue reading

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