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Leadership lessons from the Grenfell Tower Fire

Having spent 32 years in the Royal Marines and several years working in Whitehall and in the security services, where I have first hand experience of the COBRA meetings, I am shocked and saddened by the way this recent crisis has been lead and handled.

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Strong and stable leadership Mrs May?

Lessons on Leadership From the Election:  Not having a closed shop? Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill were Theresa May’s key advisers in her flawed election campaign where she succeeded in scraping a hung parliament from the jaws of a vastly increased majority.  There are some important lessons in leadership that we can all learn from […]

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5 steps for SMEs to help prevent cyber attacks

The myth that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) don’t face a threat couldn’t be further from the truth.

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CEO Stress, will you cope?

We all have experiences which help forge the sort of leaders we become. One of mine came early in my first CEO role as Director of an International charity. I left the public sector to take on this role which back in the 90’s was still a place of stable, if sometimes stagnant, job security. […]

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Terrorist attack, how will you react?

People who mentally run through scenarios, prepare and train themselves for incidents are far more likely to survive than those who don’t. When panic sets into an individual it quickly becomes infectious and what does panic do? It causes the brain to close down  One of the most disastrous forms of collective human behaviour is […]

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Teamwork and Communication

Teams don’t work successfully without communicating effectively. What do I mean by communication? The ability to express oneself? Yes. And the ability to listen? Yes. Communication is about both. Ronald Koeman, the Southampton manager, is so concerned about his young players cutting themselves off via headphones and social media that he holds special training sessions […]

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Holiday with a difference

The last couple of weeks has almost been overwhelming with the amount of news, the never ending political updates and terrorist incidents. I follow the BBC Breaking News Twitter account, and there is always something going on somewhere in the world. The notifications around terror incidents just seem to be constant at the moment. My […]

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Psychopathic traits may benefit your business

Without drawing attention to yourself, and without making eye contact, take a really good look at the person sitting next to you.  How well do you know them?  Do you trust them?  What are they thinking? Could they be a psychopath – and what if they were?  Before you run away screaming or call the […]

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Are WE able to help in defeating terrorism?

The answer is yes! Police budgets are declining, terrorist attacks proliferating and terrorism casualties increasing; so how can you help? Sadly we live in a world with increasing threats to our societies and unfortunately they don’t seem to be diminishing. So how should we as the public start to help ourselves? Being alert and aware […]

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Surviving the age of Insecurity

I have spent much of last year investigating the phenomenon of radicalisation and extremism in Britain’s prisons at the request of the Secretary of State for Justice. Much of our work involved trying to understand the Islamist extremist mindset and find ways of reducing the threat posed by those ideologically inspired offenders who wish to […]

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