28 Mar 2018
Time to Do As You Please

Possibly the single most common frustration I hear from senior people is that they do not have enough time to achieve what they want to achieve. Just recently I heard the lament, “I even have no time for thinking”. We live in the third or fourth recorded millennium, depending…

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24 Jan 2018
I Wonder If You Wonder

And so, it begins, 2018 is upon us and already is living up to its promise as a year of rapid and consequential change. Perhaps unprecedented – this is what I wonder about, just how iconoclastic 2018 will be? What are you thinking? Carillion is about to go down…

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19 Dec 2017
Operating Principles

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
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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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23 Aug 2017
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This rather gloomy prediction may not be the most uplifting thing you read today so you will have to draw on some of the special magic that all true managers have, your perseverance and drive. What do I mean by this and how should we respond? I live in…

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26 Jul 2017
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“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 Mar 2017
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When you have difficult decisions to communicate in the coming weeks, remember to: Recognise the continued contribution of the person/group involved – build their confidence and courage Get straight to the point and communicate the decision/bad news. (Demand the utmost of yourselves in this) Demand the utmost of others – by…

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01 Mar 2017
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Congratulations: The incredibly complex, accurate and thorough analysis, afforded by modern internet applications, recognizes that only the most impressive leaders read these blog posts from start to finish, and you are one of those impressive individuals! Praise and recognition is the number one tool at our disposal for releasing…

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31 Jan 2017
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I imagine that you could remember a number of encounters that changed the way that you think and behave. These may have been in a social context or in your business life. What they will share will be in the vivid recollection more than the content – that will…

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23 Nov 2016
self-awareness

In order to be able to carry out our responsibilities effectively, we need to develop a management style, which is not simply reactive.  And this is not easy, because our ‘survival instinct’ teaches us to react with caution or defensiveness to any new or unexpected development, whether in a…

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