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My life as an executive coach brings me into contact with some of the brightest minds in business. My blog is a way for me to share some of the more interesting, insightful and inspirational content available.

Leaders Are Made, Not Born – Brain Plasticity

For years arguments have raged as to whether leaders are born or made. New research on neuroscience points strongly that our experience continually shapes our neural connections in an effect known as "brain plasticity". Leaders in many cases can be MADE. So you CAN...

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You Just Ask “When?”

Your most powerful question to encourage you and others to take action is "when?". It really nails you to avoid procrastination and reduces stress. You and they now have a date in the diary and can take it out of your "to do list" and swilling about your brain. I...

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Are You Living Your Life “On Purpose”?

Are you interested in designing a better life? Have you stopped to check the assumptions you are making about the job you do and the life you lead? Are you really fulfilled and happy with the work you do and the relationships you have? Far too many people and...

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Your Introversion Is An Asset

Time for Introverts to fight back! For too long the world has literally been dominated by extroverts. The introverts can't get a word in edge ways. The loudest voices have dominated and often held sway. However with "Time to Think" - an approach designed by Nancy...

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How Do You Sack Your Friends?

Your organisation is "making cuts and managing costs". That means people will be "made redundant, sacked, or fired" and loose their incomes which effect their families and confidence. Since this is widescale they may not get another job easily. What is so tough is...

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Are You Accountable? Solid or Dotted Lines

How accountable are you REALLY in large organisations? The scale and complexity of global organisations encourages them to fudge accountability and responsibility. Everyone is responsible; so no one is responsible. Various systems are experimented with; matrix...

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Do you have to be dysfunctional to be leader?

"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." So goes the argument of a friend of mine who is a Professor at a top...

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You might need a shark in your fish tank

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 website. We met up again today and I am very inspired by the...

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Will More Rule & Regulations Offset an Absence of Trust?

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 leaders choose not to stay there long. Would you? You may wonder: "What are these teams...

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