Category Archives: Lonely at the top

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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It’s great at the top isn’t it?

Of course we all want to be promoted, don’t we? The aspiration of every young trainee is to better herself, to climb up the greasy pole, to get to the top. Of course it is. But what happens when we … 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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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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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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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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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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Is it lonely at the top?

Lieutenant John Chard: You didn’t say a thing to help, Bromhead. Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead: Well, when you take command, old boy, you‘re on your own. … (Zulu 1964)

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