Category Archives: Leadership and Management

Posts here provide commentary on contemporary issues relating to the leadership and management of public and third sector services, usually, but not exclusively, those related to service provision with and for young people.

What do you actually think? Is common sense common practice?

I support the view regularly expressed by Jim Kerr that common sense is not common practice. In fact, over many years of working, I’ve seen too many supposedly intelligent leaders and managers make some of the dumbest mistakes! One of … Continue reading

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40 Leadership Lessons from the Freedom Trail – #23

My apologies to readers who have followed this incredible journey for the nearly two months gap in posting on this thread. Some new amazing adventures and an eye operation have intervened. However, today I resume my story. On the 31st August … Continue reading

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Awkward challenges you need to actually address for amazing collaboration

Later this year I am working in two new collaborative ventures. Both are with people I admire, respect and trust. Both involve work that I  enjoy. Effective partnership practice will maximise the benefits and minimise the challenges, although the latter … Continue reading

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Amazing things you need to know to build awesome teams right

Understanding how the energy and motivation of your team impacts their performance is an integral task of any leader. Over my many years as a leader I have used and taught the Motivation/Energy Matrix. It is a simple, generalised model … Continue reading

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Your resilience is about doing, not just being!

  We think of resilience in many ways. For many, it is a state of being, a characteristic that defines the ability to bounce back from adversity. However, the work of Erik Hollnagel and an article by Andrew Zolli inspired … Continue reading

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Too much greed, not enough vision!

Another crisis is rocking the English football establishment. Tales of greed and corruption continue to emerge in the wake of the sting by the Daily Telegraph on the former England national team manager, Sam Allardyce. Who knows where it will … Continue reading

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A radical reinvention of organisations: fantasy or reality?

Many organisations appear paralysed by the pace of current change, and some experts suggest that this requires a radical reinvention of management practice! However, what is needed, in my opinion, is greater adaptability. But does this require a radical intervention? … Continue reading

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40 Leadership Lessons from the Freedom Trail – #22

On the 31st August 2013, Lesley, my wife and soulmate, 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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‘Think Consensus is Good, Think Again!’

As an established leader, developing executive teams or organisations, and often when working in collaboration with other partners, a consensus is required to achieve set goals. The lubricant that makes the team, especially partnership actions successful is that consensus. However, … Continue reading

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Resilient! You’re kidding me! I need to raise my game!

Last week I explored some notions about resilience, defining what I meant by that term, and identifying six strengths or traits that underpin a leader capable of rebounding. In this article, I provide fourteen tips on how to use those … Continue reading

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