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Share This: In his public persona Donald Trump isn’t known for his supreme self-control or consistency. These are two traits that are essential for leaders to excel. The ‘Traits’ theory of leadership posits that good leaders demonstrate particular traits. This is an observational theory, essentially based on the study of good leaders and the typical traits that […]

Aug 22, 2017

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Share This: Leaders need to be good at listening.  Sounds intuitive enough right? but it’s amazing how many can’t actually do it. There’s an old adage which refers to the balance between our ears and mouth. “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” Epictetus […]

May 17, 2017

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Procrastination is a nasty killer virus. It kills projects, destroys businesses and ends careers. The good news however, is that it’s curable. You know the score, right? We are all theoretically cash ‘rich’ and time poor. Relatively speaking of course, compared to our parents, we have more buying power in terms of ‘luxuries’ and we […]

Dec 15, 2016

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Share This: If you ask people about the differences between leaders and managers, there’s a remarkable consistency of response .  People know the differences intuitively. John Kotter has studied the differences between management & leadership extensively and his research unpins this summary: ‘Leaders ‘v’ Managers, the differences’. The famous Scottish-American industrialists and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was […]

Nov 18, 2016

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Share This: Happy teams are more productive. It’s mid-August 2016 and between them Laura Trott & Jason Kenny have hoovered up a number of Olympic medals in various cycling events. Between them they have now won 10 Gold medals.  The story doesn’t stop there however, Laura and Jason are engaged to be married in September 2016.  […]

Aug 17, 2016

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Share This: Leadership in any form requires that you learn to deal effectively with difficult people. When working in a leadership role of any kind you’ve probably been forced to lead someone with whom it’s very difficult to work. However much you try and build an effective working relationship, nothing works. Sometimes there comes a point when you’ve […]

May 30, 2016

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Share This: Pete Wilson gives some practical advice on how & when to use this ‘legendary’ group development model. There are two sides to running a business the ‘run’ side (or business as usual) and the ‘change’ side. The trick that many organisations have to pull off is not letting one bleed into the other. It’s […]

Feb 04, 2016

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Share This: Always, always be yourself… Some of the worst relationships I’ve had in the world of work, and indeed outside of work, have been with people who lack consistency. For example there is nothing worse than sitting down with your line manager and agreeing a framework for decision making which empowers you and liberates […]

Dec 19, 2014

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