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June 13, 2019

 Good, short article from Management Today about visionary leadership:

 The reality is that there will always be some who are self-centred and will do almost anything to climb the 'greasy pole' for more money, power or to boost their egos. However, such an approach is not leadership an...

May 8, 2018

 Another telling survey has shown that between 50-60% of new executives fail within 18 months of their first appointment (HBR – The 4 Things Successful Executives Do, 7 March 2018). The same survey showed that 61% said they were not prepared for their new role and 76% received no or inadequate help from their org...

March 8, 2018 - I recommend time for strategic thinking to all the execs I coach: it is vital for maintaining a strategic perspective, gaining understanding and generating new ideas. If you never have time for it, consider delegating more or hiring more staff.

January 22, 2018

Ever watched the programme ‘Undercover Boss’? A senior executive goes to work undercover as a junior employee in his/her business to find out what it is like that level. I stopped watching it after a while because I got tired of hearing lines like “I never knew this was happening”, or “I never thought we had peop...

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!

December 18, 2017

It is always the case that we can learn more about leadership through our own experiences, training (including coaching and mentoring) and case studies (HBR offers an excellent source). The more tools and knowledge we have, the better equipped we are to achieve our goals by meeting challenges and opportunities in...

December 5, 2017

Nobody likes a ‘know-it-all’ (and nobody, including you and I, does know-it-all). If you make a mistake, make an unqualified apology, make it quickly and clearly, and then move on. If you want your teams to work with integrity you have to model the behaviour yourself. This approach will also help your team be wil...

November 28, 2017

Once you have made a decision and allocated the tasks, always hold people to account for delivering. To do so, it is important that they are clear about what is required and have adequate resources (including time) to do so. It