Category Archives: Main Blog

It’s Time to Skip a Generation

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Our Youngers and Betters (part 2) The polarisation and tribalisation in today’s politics exacerbates a loss of confidence in the established parties. Increasingly, daily life is mediated less by the traditional and divisive political parties that continue to frustrate us from day to day, and much more by the connections and decisions that are made […]

Our Youngers and Betters (part 1)

new dawn for south africa

New Dawn for South Africa? It was truly a momentous occasion at the recent ANC’s five yearly congress, it could not have been more tense or intense. Cyril Ramaphosa, the Deputy President narrowly defeated Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Zuma’s former wife, whom the President had backed. The drama of the day became even more fraught with […]

Spike Stories – Work Smarter, Not Harder [Podcast Episode 12]

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. The young and energetic French President, Emmanuel Macron, had just taken a robust and tenacious stance in wanting to push productivity in French business by […]

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 […]

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 […]