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December 19, 2017

Some really good questions to ask about your strategy in this HBR summary:

I particularly like the point about giving executives some time away from the pressing, day-to-day issues to think strategically: it's what they are there for, really!

November 14, 2017

Delegate effectively.

There are 2 main errors leaders can make: delegate too little, too late and continue to micro-manage, or delegate too much and to the wrong person. Both are very damaging.

The first error severely limits the both individual and organisational capacity. It also ensures that ideas and staff enga...

November 8, 2017

There are many exciting aspects to leadership: making decisions, growing your staff, setting the vision, etc. Communicating the same message again and again may not be one of them, but it is no less important. Studies show that employees need to hear a message 7 times on average before they really believe the sen...

October 24, 2017

Be decisive!

There is little more poisonous to a team than an indecisive leader. Note that this is very different from rashness. If you have time to make a decision, use it wisely, but remember that you will never have all the information or assurances you want, and you will have to act on incomplete or even contr...

October 2, 2017

Be prepared. Lots of aspects to this, of course, but I find it helpful to focus on the following 2 activities:

  1. Research the attendees by checking out their profiles on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Then, look at the wider picture: For example, if they are representing other companies, what are the big issu...

September 11, 2017

When leading a discussion on contentious matters, frame the issues in a neutral manner, explain the outcomes required from the meeting and allow your team to work it through. A common mistake is for the leader to speak too much and/or to 'anchor' the discussion, i.e. making it clear what he/she thinks the solutio...

August 23, 2017

Pleased to say that series 1 is now complete. You can access them via this link:

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