Category Archives: Blog

Young, Gifted and Blocked

From Job Seekers to Job Creators As an early morning ‘ice breaker’ for our Leadership Retreats, we run quite a straight forward exercise that focuses on the groups ability to simplify complex situations and work in small action orientated teams. It’s a popular and fun exercise that provides many subtle and not so subtle insights […]

Building a World Where Everybody Works Less for More Money 

Work Smarter, Not Harder During a recent heated debate about annual leave with the executives of one of France’s largest financial services businesses in Paris, the rationale for work today subtly took over proceedings. Macron’s Old France The young and energetic French President, Emmanuel Macron, had just taken a robust and tenacious stance in wanting […]

Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

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We all Need Something Positive to Believe In There are some moments in recent history that will stick with us forever; some memorable for all the right reasons, and others that divide a nation and drive an unhelpful atmosphere of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD). The Unexpected Brexit Result The whole Brexit referendum process was […]

Extraordinary Times Demand Extraordinary Leadership

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Managers Can Lead We were by the extraordinarily beautiful Lake Malawi, it was November 2016, the auditorium was silent and thoughtful, as all 40 attendees reflected on the 90 minutes they had just spent examining what is meant by Authentic Leadership. Here was a gathering of some of the most progressive leaders in Malawi, with […]

The Changing Role of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

The changing role of the CFO

The Technocrat There was a time not so long ago when the CFO was purely a technocrat and consequently unfairly derided as a simple ‘bean counter’. So those who passed their chartered accountancy exams looked forward to a career of being gleefully ‘narrow and deep’. In the times of certainty, they had very specific questions […]

Collaboration is the New Leadership

Nothing is Best Done Alone Anymore Business has become far too fast moving and markets are so much more unforgiving that CEOs require diverse viewpoints and experiences within their teams as a prerequisite for sustainable success. Absolutely everybody today understands why collaboration is a necessary part of every high performing culture. Sports teams have practised […]

Leaders Never Stop Practicing

On arrival, late in the evening at Copenhagen airport in Denmark, we looked forward to a long two-hour drive to the second city of Denmark, Odense. This is the birth place of Hans Christian Andersen and the venue for the ground breaking Thinkers50 event. Thinkers50 is a gathering of the world’s most prominent business thinkers. […]

What Does Britain Want In A Political Leader?

The insightful results from the recent BritainThinks survey is worth looking at from a slightly different lens. It’s telling that the top three attributes voters looked for from their political leaders are integrity, authenticity and empathy, with the top attribute from their previous survey, communication, dropping down the order. Engagement In our experience, integrity, authenticity […]