Category Archives: Leadership

If no one is following you are not leading

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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How to win your task: Stella Apprentice

The contrast between success and failure on BBC’s The Apprentice Episode 2 could not be more clear. Head girl Stella led the boys to victory, while Laura led the girls of St Trinians to nothing. Stella’s team won the task of designing a beach … Continue reading

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Is Big Society like delivering babies?

Are you “big picture” or “detail”? Some years ago when I was learning to deliver babies, the era we were in was one of high intervention. We strapped up mums-to-be with wires and electrodes. One such gadget was a fetal scalp … Continue reading

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Does a mentor have a limited life?

Of course they do! Not only are we not immortal, our role as a mentor probably should be limited, or reviewed from time to time. Actually I dislike the term “mentor” but let’s not get tied up in semantics. One person … Continue reading

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The Apprentice: how to get fired

Desperate Dan is the first to get the chop in BBC’s new series of The Apprentice. But where did he go wrong? The first clue is to watch Karren Brady. When she stares in disbelief and starts taking notes, you can … Continue reading

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The rise and fall of the bullying leader

Tough times call for drastic measures. Is it any wonder then, that in these straightened economic times we are seeing more of the “bully leader” out there? That “toughness” is needed, is not really in doubt. Even the wealthiest firms have had … Continue reading

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Lord Sugar v Piers Morgan

In ITV’s recent interview of Lord Sugar, Piers Morgan seemed determined to probe Lord Sugar’s emotional side. How did he fair? There’s no doubt Morgan is an effective interviewer, although for my money Lord Sugar got far more amusement for the audience … Continue reading

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