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23
Jun

Doing People and Thinking People

I find I am, by the nature of my mission, constantly thinking about how businesses and business leaders grow from start up to scale up. I think about what holds them back and what propels them forward; about what smooths the way and what gets in the way.

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09
Jun

The Power of Passion

So I have been thinking a lot about passion and its place in our lives and our businesses and that got me to think about the cost that lack of passion has associated with it.

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02
Jun

So What?

It isn’t just a flippant question or the sign of a neg-head. So what can be a great question when asked with the right intention and at the right time.

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26
May

Best of the Best

On August the 5th this year, as they do every 4 years, the absolute cream of the planet’s athletes and sportspeople will gather in an unsurpassed festival of sporting excellence. This year it will be in Rio and I have little doubt that the spectacle will be every bit as impressive as it was 4 years ago in London and 4 years before that in Beijing.

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19
May

The Role of the Manager

This week I heard an assertion that the term manager no longer has a place in the lexicon of business and that as such the term was finally dead.

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12
May

And Maybe a Little More Joy!

Following from last week’s blog on joy and work which was prompted by this definition of coaching from Myles Downey when he said “Coaching is the series of conversations that help a person perform closer to his potential, understand his role or task, learn what he needs to learn in order to complete his role or task successfully, develop the skills required for the next role, and, on a good day, achieve fulfilment- and maybe a little joy- at work” I am reminded of my teenage years. Many of my closest friends all shared the same hobby. They were water-skiers. In those days water skiing was still allowed on a number of the English Lakes and most summer weekends would see the crowd gathered around a particular lake having great fun on and in the water.

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05
May

And Maybe A Little Joy

One of my coaches and author of a number of books including the recently released ‘Enabling Genius’, Myles Downey defined coaching in another book ‘Effective Modern Coaching’ as “the series of conversations that help a person perform closer to his potential, understand his role or task, learn what he needs to learn in order to complete his role or task successfully, develop the skills required for the next role, and, on a good day, achieve fulfilment- and maybe a little joy - at work”. Which started me thinking about Joy and specifically joy at work.

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28
Apr

Inukshuk

Inukshuk is a word of Inuit origins and it refers to one of those human-made stone landmarks used by the Inuit and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America.

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21
Apr

The Formula for Change

There is a formula for change. I have known it for years and I have to be honest I thought it was something that someone had made up until I put it into a search engine and there it was, the formula for change!

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14
Apr

Structure causes Behaviour

Structure causes behaviour and so if one wants to change the behaviour of an organisation one must change the structure. When a business owner or a business leader complains about his leadership team not taking ownership and accountability for certain things that prompts me first and foremost to look at the structure.

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