Category Archives: Developing The Leader Within You

Common Mistakes That Inhibit Your Ability To Lead

There is an age-old argument as to whether it is possible to teach leadership or not. Many would argue that it is not possible to teach leadership. Many others would argue that leaders are born and not made. I believe … Continue reading

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7 Steps To Develop Effective Leadership Skills

In my leadership development work and teaching across the past thirteen years, I have been asked many times for some simple ideas for becoming a more effective leader. I had another such request yesterday.  As I was thinking about the … Continue reading

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How Often Do You Ask For Feedback?

Over the weekend, I went to a meal out celebrating the 60th birthday of one of my wife’s ex-colleagues. During the evening, he spoke to me privately about the impact my wife had on his life over the 15+ years … Continue reading

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40 Leadership Lessons from the Freedom Trail – #8

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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Six killer tips that will help your consultancy business flourish

When I started out as a consultant, some thirteen years ago, I had some fabulous support, especially from two great friends, Eric Watts, and Kevin Ford. It was Eric who persuaded me to give up a twenty-five-year career in local … Continue reading

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Are you modelling ‘hamster-wheel’ leadership or management?

Some leaders seem natural. They appear to have that knack of engaging their people in any given situation. However, they are also few and far between. For most everyone else, getting good or better takes time and practice, preferably with … Continue reading

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Why don’t you take more holidays?

It seemed apt while here on holiday in the beautiful island of Bali that I reflect on this question. I’ve met many people who barely take a holiday, let alone more holidays. The main reason for this is they seem … Continue reading

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What will be your legacy?

Today I had a brilliant day out with Les, my wife and soul-mate, and our Balinese friend, Diano. Whenever we are in Bali, we hire him for the day to drive us to various places we’d like to see. Today … Continue reading

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How to deal with a ‘psycho boss’?

“My boss is a psycho!” Have you ever heard or used that phrase? I’ve heard it many times in my career. It is not intended to conjure images of maniacal killers rampaging through the streets, more to depict the type … Continue reading

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Why work beyond 60?

On Tuesday, I was waiting at the local Metro station on the way to meet a client when I was approached by a random stranger, who engaged me in conversation. I am not averse to doing this, and so for … Continue reading

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