New Year’s Resolutions: Why Not to Bother
Dec31

New Year’s Resolutions: Why Not to Bother

This year try something different on New Year’s Eve: don’t make any resolutions. Why not? Well, they’re a feel-good distraction from what we really need to be doing. New Year’s resolutions give us comfort but they don’t help us change. Maybe that’s harsh, but from where I’m standing it’s the truest thing I’ve ever written. You see if we need an arbitrary date to get us to lose the weight, learn the...

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Leadership: Develop Your Mindset Before Your Skills
Sep27

Leadership: Develop Your Mindset Before Your Skills

If you’ve gone above and beyond on your CPD; if you’ve spent time, money and energy on your professional development to hone your leadership skills then I may have some bad news for you. Practicing skills isn’t the most effective way of developing as a leader. To be more precise; intense, focused and repetitive practice of one skill might make you feel like you’re progressing but that doesn’t translate out there in the real world....

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Leadership Models: Learning How Not to Lead
Sep20

Leadership Models: Learning How Not to Lead

Our business culture isn’t short on leadership books, models and theories. There are business books examining trends for leaders of the future, courses on effective leadership, print and online articles offering insight on leadership. And if all these theories and insights are beginning to sound the same to you, you’re right. Born vs Made I’ve been working with leaders for fifteen years now. During that time one thing’s become clear...

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A Change Story
Sep13

A Change Story

We’ve all heard about how hard it is to lead change. We’ve heard that 80% of change initiatives fail. And we’ve heard the biggest barrier to change is the people affected by it. Not surprisingly, a lot of words have been dedicated to getting people engaged in change. And one way to do that is to tell a good story. Story is Primal We know a good story as easily as we can spot a bad one. Don’t believe me? Try this: Patrick throws the...

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Leading… Creatively
Sep08

Leading… Creatively

“Birds fly, humans create” that’s how Kevin Ashton summed up creativity in his interview on Canada’s CBC radio. In one phrase he ends the idea that there’s anything elite about creating. Ashton believes there are no “aha” moments. For Ashton, creativity is about progress one step at a time. Creativity and Leadership The parallels with leadership are stark. Sure there’s the leader that comes out of nowhere, offers a radical new view of...

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Why Mindfulness Matters in Business
Sep06

Why Mindfulness Matters in Business

Mindfulness in business is popular right now. In fact, as the Economist puts it “selling mindfulness has become a business in its own right”. If that sounds like business co-opting another Eastern philosophy (anyone remember Sun Tzu’s The Art of War?) you might want to wait a second before you dismiss it. But let’s start at the beginning. What is Mindfulness Anyway? Put simply mindfulness is just what it says on the can: being...

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Leadership at all Levels: Do Leaders Need Followers?
Aug25

Leadership at all Levels: Do Leaders Need Followers?

“I’d really like to help you Sir, and I agree you should get some compensation, but I’m just not authorized… my supervisor will call you tomorrow morning. I’m sorry…” Feel like a familiar conversation? I think we’ve all been there. For me it was with a rental car whose wipers broke. And since we only use wipers when it rains, I was left in a downpour with no wipers. I called the company who said they could only help if I...

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Employee Engagement = Involvement

Employee engagement is the end result, the fruit if you like, of increased interest in your business.

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