Monthly Archives: July 2016

40 Leadership Lessons from the Freedom Trail – #15

On the 31st August 2013, Lesley, my wife, and soul-mate retired after 35 years teaching in secondary schools. Two days later, as planned, we set off for a magical celebratory holiday, taking in New York, California and Oregon. Our trip … Continue reading

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How to rebuild betrayed trust!

Yesterday, I met with a dear friend, who I’ve known a long time. My friend’s project is in dire financial straits, and drastic change is the solution. All staff at the project face redundancy at the end of August, the … Continue reading

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Finding the balance between doing and thinking

I have long argued that people spend too much doing, and too little time thinking. Why? Over-doing depresses our creative consciousness, a view shared by Arianna Huffington, founder of the online newspaper, the  Huffington Post. And our creativity is the … Continue reading

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Could you be better at engagement?

It is a typical aspiration. Most organisations, teams and leaders want to engage better with staff, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. The benefits are obvious – more opinion, comments and feedback; a sharper focus on outcomes and impact; closer involvement … Continue reading

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Do you lead a high trust organisation?

Trust in an organisation is the glue that holds the thing together. The better the level of trust the stronger relationships are, the greater the productivity of the team, and the more successful the organisation is. Characteristics of a high … Continue reading

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How much do you invest in leadership development?

There is no doubt that we live in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. Leaders work in increasingly flatter and leaner organizations. They are more diverse, culturally and generationally. Their collaborations may be virtual, as well as working … Continue reading

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What is your legitimacy to lead?

Today, as I watched the story unfold of the likely ‘coronation’ of Theresa May as the new Tory Party leader, I wondered what was her legitimacy to lead her party, and our nation? As someone from the left of the … Continue reading

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40 Leadership Lessons from the Freedom Trail – #14

On the 31st August 2013, Lesley, my wife, and soul-mate retired after 35 years teaching in secondary schools. Two days later, as planned, we set off for a magical celebratory holiday, taking in New York, California and Oregon. Our trip … Continue reading

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Do you lead by principles?

The cancellation of a training event recently disappointed me. I had been due to deliver a leadership development programme for colleagues in the third sector. However, there were insufficient participants to make the course viable. What disappointed me most was … Continue reading

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