Tag Archives: Leadership

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 […]

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 […]

Spike Stories – Leadership is an Art Not a Skill [Podcast Episode 11]

Despite it being 20 years ago, the sudden and tragic death of Princess Diana came back so vividly to so many of us on the sombre anniversary this August. At the time, the Queen struggled to find the appropriate response. She was seen to be stiff and incredibly out of touch with a nation that […]

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. […]

The Nasty Leader

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The Killer Flaws of a Political Leader The recently published book, Betting the House: The Inside Story of the 2017 Election by Tim Ross & Tom McTague is a fascinating insight into the meltdown behind the failed snap election called by Theresa May. It perhaps shines a telling light on her inability to build or […]

The Nasty Leader – Podcast (Episode 08)

This week I’m talking about teams. The recently published book, Betting The House: The Inside Story of the 2017 Election by Tim Ross & Tom McTague gave me a fascinating insight into the huge meltdown by Theresa May and the Conservative Party at the recent snap election. It highlighted one of her many failings, but perhaps […]

Get Emotional – Get Engaged [Podcast Episode 03]

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I’m answering the question ‘how do our leaders communicate better’ and more effectively with their wide ranging audiences’. In this podcast, ‘Get Emotional – Get Engaged’ I talk about what we can learn from the great leaders in the past and how they connected with their audiences by getting emotional. Prefer to read? Click here […]

“Getting Engaged”

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Mission Impossible As the White House doors continually swing open to eject another ‘failed’ communications professional, is the job of advising a political leader on their communications indeed doable? Every leading politician, all over the world, is desperately trying to get their message out in the most distinctive, effective and positive way possible. But few […]