Tag Archives: Driven

Is busy-ness the enemy of invention?

What stops us developing new ideas? What stops us working on our heart’s desire, our latent talent, our real passion? “I’m just too busy right now”. “Working too hard”. “Maybe next year, when I have finished my A levels, my … Continue reading

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Undercover boss – was it rubbish?

Not at all! Although the business dealt in recycling rubbish – see Channel 4’s latest episode about Viridor. ¬† CEO Colin Drummond goes undercover to work in the gritty front line of waste disposal. Two things captivate me watching this … Continue reading

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Who says money motivates – undercover Jockey Club?

Big bonuses: is that what does it? Not according to Undercover Boss Paul Fisher at the Jockey Club. Former newspaper delivery boy turned accountant turned COO takes off his suit and dons stubble on Channel 4’s latest edition of Undercover … Continue reading

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Is working longer better?

Imagine the Martians¬†are looking down at us in the UK. They see large buildings which appear to be factories. In one factory they observe the workers work a strict 7 hours and then go home in small efficient vehicles. The … Continue reading

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Why be an undercover boss?

Because your team will not tell you what they think you don’t want to hear. I love Channel 4’s “Undercover Boss” The episode last week had the new boss of Harry Ramsden’s famous fish and chip restaurants going undercover. What … Continue reading

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What is the hardest thing to lead?

How about your own family? What’s the greatest source of satisfaction and the hardest challenge? Doing family life tops it for me. The people we value the most and who know us best, test our leadership ability. A lot! It … Continue reading

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How many steps to the top are there?

Working in a “Big 4” advisory firm, I once counted about 20 different grades. There were “associates”, “managers”, “executives”, “partners” “directors”. But there are only basically three real “levels”: worker, manager and owner. So how do you get to the … Continue reading

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