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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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THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

Some of the most successful organisations I work with recruit solely on attitude or happiness they employ just positive people and inspire each other to greatness.

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A GREAT LEADER MOVES ON AT MANCHESTER UNITED

Alex Ferguson is one of the few leaders in football who has endured beyond a few seasons. And his genius was his ability to regenerate the team. He regularly surprised people as he moved on through Eric Cantona, Paul Ince, Bryan Robson, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Jaap Stam, Christiano Ronaldo who were all at one […]

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GETTING THE BEST OUT OF YOUR PEOPLE

The Key question being how do I get my team to perform at a superb level for a sustained period? Financial inducements have always been seen as essential inducement but are they really?

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