30 Jul 2018
Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas, a Welshman, has won the 115th edition of the Tour de France. He was the strongest rider of the strongest team, compliant with the rules, tested every day (sometimes twice a day) for illegal drug usage and managed it all as one of the most popular riders…

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21 Feb 2018
Loyalty - A Sense of Belonging

What do you think about loyalty and how would you describe its essence and therefore value? I am asked, quite regularly, what I think about loyalty and what would I do to engender it within an organisation and find myself uncharacteristically without an opinion that I can commit to….

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19 Dec 2017

Principles of Operation are one of the most useful tools the leadership of an organisation can deploy. These principles guide decision making and uphold the cultural values of the business and, in so doing, protect and integrity of the products and services. There are rarely more than a handful…

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26 Oct 2017

I was asked recently if I had some material on what qualities a CEO should possess, I said that I did and I thought that I would share it more widely with you. We have done a good deal of work in this area and developed a generic Leadership…

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26 Jul 2017

“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends”. – Janis Joplin, Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth Let’s talk content. I wonder how many hours of your life you have used up sitting through a PowerPoint presentation? Let’s speculate that most…

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29 Jun 2017

Hands up those of you who have someone in your team with a BIG personality. OK, that’s most of you. For most of the time these people are great to have around, they bring dynamism, fun, character and drive into the business. These big personalities also bring other influences,…

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07 Jun 2017

It is said that children thrive in a structured environment and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that this is broadly true. Even the so called ‘Happy Clappy’ schools have significant structures around both the happy and the clappy and are rather disciplined about when each should be…

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10 May 2017

In 1916 Henry Fayol published his book – “Administration Industrielle et Générale” – and in 2017, 101 years later, it was brought to my attention by Amanda Epps. Ms Epps brought this to a management seminar as an example of extra-curricular reading around the subject of management and leadership….

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26 Apr 2017

Broad operating principles, which could apply to anyone in any organisation, exist to provide guidance in decision-making. Also to help others to understand fully what type of behaviour is expected of them and how they could contribute more fully to the business. Broad principles of this kind include: We…

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12 Apr 2017

Think forward from now to the end of your career. Between now and then, how much time will you spend in meetings? It is possible that a manager and leader might spend 1500 hours each year in meetings. Over ten years that amounts to almost two whole years of life!!!!…

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