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Rugby World Cup to inspire youngsters and boost job prospects

Young people struggling to find work will have the opportunity to boost their job prospects thanks to a Rugby World Cup 2015 inspired project set up by Exeter City Council and the Exeter and Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Board.

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The Essential Balance Between Freedom and Procedures in Business

The real knack of sustained business growth is the ability to blend process and systems with the freedom to be proactive.

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GREAT LEADERSHIP COMES FROM DIFFERENTIATION

Great leaders are worth their weight in gold. They are not as common as many leaders would like to think. Great leaders are workplace catalysts, they release the potential and the energy in each of their followers and so enhance the power of teams. They select the right person for a role, set clear expectations […]

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PURPOSE THE KEY TO YOUR LIFE AND YOUR BUSINESS

The brilliant leadership writer and thinker Jim Collins of “Good to Great” fame states : ‘A Core Purpose is your reason for being, it captures your soul, with the primary role to guide and inspire.

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CHANGING A BUSINESS CULTURE

With the tipping point reached those in denial will either come round to the new doctrine or leave.

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TO CONTROL OR EMPOWER AS A LEADER

You can’t manage exceptional performance you have to lead it and you can’t control innovation and genius you have to inspire them. But it is in their ability to control and limit the effect of failure, in order to allow valuable lessons to be learned whilst preventing a catastrophe, that a great leader and manager’s value to an organisation are truly felt!

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AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMAND

British military doctrine defines command as; the authority vested in an individual for the direction, coordination and control of military forces. It is concerned primarily with leadership, responsibility and decision making. Clearly written in a military context but very easily contextualised in a civilian perspective by replacing; military forces with assets and resources; leadership with influence and motivation; responsibility with accountability and ownership; and decision making with judgement. Based on this, I suggest Command as a leadership style is the exercise of the authority vested in a leader for the direction, coordination and control of assets and resources. It is concerned primarily with influencing and motivating people, accountability for and ownership of actions and decisions based on judgement.

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STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE OR TRYING TO THRIVE?

If your answer is “survive” I would suggest you are likely to be undermining your chances of success by adopting a limiting perspective and attitude. It is possible your thinking will be constraining your business options by the inflexibility of your view of the current situation.

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THE BIG STRATEGIC GAP BETWEEN THINK AND DO AND DO AND DON’T THINK

Strategy has to be simple and effective and need not be an over complicated difficult and challenging process. Strategy needs to be empathic with a business and not prescriptive.

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LEADERSHIP AND THE NHS

Cultural change cannot be driven from without the organisation. I believe the government should be investing in the leadership within the NHS rather than repeating its previous error of unsuccessfully imposing change from outside an organisation.

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