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Do you have to be dysfunctional to be leader?

4 Jan, 2012
“If you are a fully functional, balanced, emotionally stable person, brought up by two well-adjusted parents then you would never be driven to go for some of the top roles in business today.&…

You might need a shark in your fish tank

14 Dec, 2011
I thoroughly recommend that you visit the website of Darren Robson and follow his tweets @darrenrobson Darren has aptly chosen for himself the image of the shark and he tells the story why on his w…

Will More Rule & Regulations Offset an Absence of Trust?

5 Dec, 2011
When trust has gone, all hell breaks loose. I have walked into Executive Boardrooms where the CEO has inherited or created a “trust free zone”. They are very toxic places. Talented lead…

How You Can Get Sacked #3

5 Dec, 2011
Disdain and arrogance are business relationship killers. Without relationships you are very isolated and more vulnerable to being “taken out” when the swinging axe of cut-backs comes su…

“Memories Are Better Than Dreams”

28 Nov, 2011
I met a retired Judge on a train on Friday. He shared his story as follows: when I was faced with a critical life choice, I didn’t know what to do, so I went to see an old and wise mentor. He…

Your Time is Your Happiness

12 Nov, 2011
Do visit http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/research/aaker_happiness_2011.html This article entitled “If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy, Consider Time”┬áis an excellent piece of resear…

How You Can Get Sacked #2 – Loose Control

7 Nov, 2011
Steve Jobs was a technical icon and genius. He was also emotionally unstable and had very low impulse control. This is according to his fascinating Biography by Walter Issacson which I am enjoying….

How You Can Get Sacked 1# Low Impulse Control

31 Oct, 2011
True Story (names changed). Rachel was so frustrated with her colleagues in the meeting. It had been boiling inside her for weeks now. Ineffectual meetings, lack of honesty, no decisions, no accoun…

Have You Forgotten People Risk?

29 Oct, 2011
Your teams are frantically managing risk in a deepening recession. They review economic risk, financial risk and commercial risk. But what about People Risk? What are you really doing to mitigate t…

More or Less of a leader?

17 Oct, 2011
“A great leader takes more than their share of the blame and less than their share of the credit.” Now that wise addidge can be hard to follow! I can remember, with toe curling embarras…

Great Speaking Tips 3# Interact & Connect

17 Oct, 2011
It is all about you – not me. If a speaker makes their talk all about them, they miss the point and they fail to connect with you. Your ability to build rapport is the most vital skill you ca…

How Will They Remember You?

10 Oct, 2011
“People may forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel!” That powerful quote reminds me of inspiring leaders and the emotional connection t…