Thoughts

Thriving In The Heat Of Experience.

“I’ve really been out of my comfort zone these past two weeks. It felt like I was learning a new job from day one. But I’ve learned and grown so much!” So said a client of mine on a coaching call earlier this week. She’d just finished a secondment on a high-profile project in an […]

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Stepping Into Complexity

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some talented managers in both London and Shanghai. They’re all facing a major business change in the form of a system implementation which will significantly alter their core business processes and keep them competitive. Think of it like when banks moved to online […]

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A Real-Life Development Story

Recently I hosted a breakfast session where the guest speaker was a well-respected senior leader. He’s regarded as a future CEO and has an impressive track record of delivering results, working across boundaries in gnarly situations, and developing people. And he’s never done any formal leadership training. The focus of his presentation was his own […]

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Who Needs Managers?

Ever wondered what the actual role of a manager is? Last week, I was facilitating a leadership workshop with a group of mid-level managers. During the course of our discussions, one participant commented that they’d recently come across a team in their organisation that seemed to have achieved some sort of performance nirvana: they were […]

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Out There Book

I’ve just finished my new book “Out There”. My hope is that it inspires people to get ‘out there’ and live a little more. The book combines some short, personal, thought provoking stories with accompanying photos. They all stem from my love of being out there in nature. It’s 22 pages, and it’s $15.00 Cover […]

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The death of the programme?

Last week a client said to me “leadership programmes are dying”. I disagree. Instead, I think they’re morphing. Leadership programmes of old were set-in-stone, prescribed, thou-shalt-follow-this-course style programes. They were created and rolled out in a context of command-and-control style organisational leadership. HR and L&D functions were positioned as the central point from which all […]

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Everyday Leadership

I came across this TED talk a couple of days ago. The first couple of minutes really grabbed me. In essence, he’s saying we overcook what leadership is all about. We fall into the trap of making it something special for special people. Opportunity lost, right there. I read an article some years ago that […]

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