Articles

Our articles are a way of expressing our view of the world of work.

They will give you a flavour of our thinking, and are also intended to give you a sense of who we are and what we believe in as a company.

What’s that weight on your back?

I was engaged in a coaching session and suddenly became aware of how sad this person looked as he talked about his life at work.  His frame was hunched over, his eyes had lost their sparkle, and his speech was slower than usual.

My image was of a chap carrying a full size...Read More »


Are you wasting up to 60% of your capability?

I met a really interesting group of people recently. We came together by chance.

My visual image from experiencing the event is of a crowd of people all standing around a hole in the ground, shouting instructions, and feeling important.

The hole is getting deeper! Collectively the impact of the onlookers encourages...Read More »


Learned Behaviour

My learning on the journey of life has taught me that the education system has taught us that ‘teacher knows best’. The system ensures that Teachers have the script: they have all the answers. They have the power and authority over the class (well they did in my day!)....Read More »


Keeping your life on track

I was commuting on a train recently and found myself listening to the conversations going on around me in the carriage. My fellow commuters were all business people, all absorbed in their latest panic. Papers spread across their laps, or on tables; laptops open with phones pinned to their ears....Read More »


Chasing deadlines

I have missed my deadlines! I should have completed all my end of year reviews by the end of last month. I am late putting the final touches to my business plan, and the performance team wants to know the reasons why my numbers were down for the quarter.

It seems...Read More »


Thinking the unthinkable

One night driving home from work I began thinking about the challenges for leaders in the workplace given the context of a tough economic climate, and the pressure upon the public sector to continue to find significant financial savings. For some reason it made me think about my family’s relationship...Read More »


Try spinning one plate at a time!

Making things happen quickly seems to be a challenge facing more executives as everyone pushes to get more with less.

How quickly can we meet? Is often heard in conversations.

Well it seems that speed is relative!

A client that I worked with  was very keen to progress a piece of work.

Four weeks...Read More »


The business of leadership

Do people’s faces light up when you come in to a room, or when you leave it?

Perhaps the bigger question is how many of us would actually notice, and be able to give an honest answer to the question.

Our own self-awareness of our impact upon others has a growing importance...Read More »


Do you need to get out more?

 I find myself working with leaders who seem to have less and less time, and yet more and more pressure to deliver...Read More »


A dislocated approach to organisational change

A moment in time that causes you to reflect upon a life experience that holds a mirror to organisational life as a senior leader.

I am sitting in Urgent Care nursing a dislocated collarbone.

Don’t ask – boys will be boys!

I began to wonder after the pain had subsided how I would cope with...Read More »


Making the leadership leap

So what’s it like ‘on the outside’ is a question that I often get asked as I work with leaders across the public sector.

The second question is usually how can you help me get ‘more with less’?

It’s an odd phrase – ‘on the outside’ conjuring up all sorts of images,...Read More »


10 Powerful Beliefs of Unstoppable Leaders

Great post from the leadership freak.

#1. Believe you matter.  “It is not a question of ‘Will I make a difference?’ Rather, it’s ‘What difference will I make?’”

 

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