At Hallowe’en it’s time to ask – is your ability to lead hampered by hauntings?

In the film of our own lives we naturally have the starring role. We are the captain of our own ship, the protagonist in our own adventures and our destiny is in our own hands. Or is it? Are we in fact all haunted by shadows of our former, current and future selves, sabotaging our … Continue reading At Hallowe’en it’s time to ask – is your ability to lead hampered by hauntings?

Summer reading list

Last post before Summer break... Bill Gates famously shares his summer reading list every year and I've been the grateful recipient: "Seveneves" by Neal Stephenson, amazing. On the off-chance that you're cruising the internet looking for business-related literary inspiration and Bill Gates doesn't cut it, try these: Books that helped me articulate what I believe: … Continue reading Summer reading list

“Does not play well with others”… Is there any such thing as a non-team player?

The Team is on the rise. Nearly all the clients I work with are introducing some form of Agile methodology into their workplace, where the unit of currency is team, not individual. In Buckingham and Goodall's 'Nine Lies about Work', Lie #1 provides evidence that the culture at a team level is the single most … Continue reading “Does not play well with others”… Is there any such thing as a non-team player?

Could you be suffering from Cassandra’s Curse? … You know you’re right, so why won’t anyone listen to you?

A briefing from the client: “Can you come in and say everything I’ve been saying but they’ll listen to you because you’re external*/older*/male*/female*/expensive*.” *The specific descriptor varies but essentially 'because you’re not me'. Have you ever been in a meeting and made a suggestion that is ignored only for someone else to make the same … Continue reading Could you be suffering from Cassandra’s Curse? … You know you’re right, so why won’t anyone listen to you?

High-Low, High-Low, it’s off to a performance review we go…

You will be aware there have been heady times in my career when I was a High Performer-High Potential. Why do I think you already know this? It's a bit like that joke - how can you tell if someone has a private pilot's licence? Don't worry, they'll tell you. In my golden era, if … Continue reading High-Low, High-Low, it’s off to a performance review we go…

Is your company entering the menopause? Six reasons you should care.

An extraordinary second flowering... Approaching the menopause is not always the 'extraordinary second flowering' that Virginia Ironside promised. However any transitional phase creates opportunities and this is no exception. Even more exciting, it applies as much to companies as it does to people. I was at a speaker showcase event recently where one of the … Continue reading Is your company entering the menopause? Six reasons you should care.

Quicker, Better, Funner – how design thinking could help your change programme

Your workplace may be "Agile" with a Big A, "agile" with a small a or "Traditional" with tea and scones, by now you'll be aware of Design Thinking as a user-centric facilitation methodology for innovation and problem solving. You may also be aware that Harvard Business Review has come down squarely in its favour with … Continue reading Quicker, Better, Funner – how design thinking could help your change programme