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HOW DO TARGETS REALLY WORK?

We live in a target rich environment. Targets for this and targets for that but what do targets do to people? Targets are the domain of managers they assist in policing productivity whilst vision through inspiration is the domain of leaders. So why is that and why do businesses remain focused on targets when other […]

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LEADERSHIP AND EMPOWERMENT IN LARGE ORGANISATIONS

Leadership as we all know comes in different shapes and sizes to suit different environments and situations. Situational leadership is key to good leadership and  a good leader uses their judgement to apply the right style, to the right team, in the right situation at the right time. Now that is all very easy if […]

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THE IMPACT OF THE INFORMATION AGE ON HAPPINESS

I think that many in the modern Western World have trouble accepting their life’s lot. And by that I don’t mean meekly accepting a position but remaining honest enough with yourself to set realistic and achievable goals. For me many people attach the same emotions they feel for real events to what has appeared on […]

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WASTING YOUR KEY ASSET IN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

I often come across Chief Executives and Business Leaders who are prepared to spend great amounts of money to maintain the technological advantage over competitors but do not feel able to commit the same amount to the development of their people. All too often the cry is ” Our people are our greatest asset” and […]

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Leadership Development – The Real Challenge

Intangible; unable to be touched or grasped; not having physical presence. I am too frequently told leadership development and training is intangible and a constant challenge of being in the business of leadership development is the marketing and selling of an ‘intangible’. I do not entirely agree with this view and challenge this perspective with an alternative view; leadership is held to be […]

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WHY ARE LEADERS FRIGHTENED BY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

All too often today’s leaders hide behind the ambiguity of the term leadership in refusing leadership development. The root cause of the problem is that most leaders have nothing to measure their leadership against, therefore they assume that they are by default successful leaders. But how much more successful could they be as leaders? Is […]

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EFFICIENCY AND LEADERSHIP

I was shocked the other day when asking a group to tell me, as a percentage, how efficient they thought they were at work? The average from the group was 45%. So how are they getting away with being 55% inefficient? Surely they should be on half pay! Poor leadership is the answer. Whether it […]

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Leadership Can Be Learned

I am frequently asked and often challenged by being asked “Can leadership really be learned?” In response to my reply that it can be learned I am usually then asked “What about natural leaders then?” In reply I usually ask “What about natural sportsmen and sportswomen?” Given we state quite clearly our definition of leadership is “the ability to influence […]

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KNOWING WHERE YOU STAND AS A LEADER

Leadership as a term is as broad as it is wide and hence all encompassing. It exists  in every facet of life from self leadership through to multinational corporation and even national leadership and it exists at different levels in an organisation. But how do we know how good we are as leaders and hence […]

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