News

16
Mar

Get Good at People

At its heart the real difference between poor, mediocre, good and great businesses are the people. Their talents, skills and abilities at an individual level and how they organise themselves to effectively work together at a combined level.

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09
Mar

Start With Who

I make no excuse for flagrantly repeating the advice Jim Collins gave in his all-time classic book “Good to Great” when he advised us to get the right people on the bus, in the right seats doing the right things right. I was privileged to be able to go and meet Jim this last week when he came to London to speak. I was also a part of a two hour private audience with him after the headline event.

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02
Mar

On Weak Management

There has been a surprising reaction to last week’s blog, ‘There should be a law against it’. With most comments railing against the injustices created by weak management.

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23
Feb

There should be a law against it.

I am philosophically almost totally opposed to regulation. However there is one specific area where we are, as yet, unregulated and where there is an obvious need for some form of forced control. That is the area of leadership, management and supervision. Almost weekly I feel compelled to abandon my beliefs and wish for some form of licensing before people are allowed to have formal power over their fellow humans.

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16
Feb

Our Greatest Gift

Stephen Covey once said that “Next to life itself, the power to choose is your greatest gift”. We should never forget it. As people, as humans, as mankind, we get to choose. We get to choose our attitude; we get to choose our reaction. We get to choose whether to speak, or to hold our peace. We get to choose how we are going to spend our time. We get to choose so much, every minute of every day.

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09
Feb

To know and not to do....

As the saying goes “To know and not to do is not yet to know”. We live in a world where knowledge no longer has the value that it once had. Every one of us has the ability to look like and sound like a world expert. Every one of us could dominate the pub quiz, stun our children into open mouthed amazement as we watch University Challenge or Mastermind if we had the time and dexterity to access the right search engine quickly enough. As knowing has become easier is has become ever more devalued. We all have access to as much knowledge as we can use.

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02
Feb

What a gift

I had an amazingly insightful and privileged experience recently. An organisation, of which I am a part, hired an external consultant to survey the members of the organisation in order to be able to communicate the thoughts and feelings of the members back to the organisation.

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26
Jan

The Two Box Method

As an avid reader I get to read all sorts of things and for some strange reason I found myself reading an article by a golf coach this week about the ‘Two Box Method’.

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19
Jan

Specificity

At this time of the year lots and lots of people will already have abandoned their good intentions (New Years Resolutions) and I was pondering why that happens. I am no exception. I have a tendency to do the same thing and I wondered why that should be.

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