Can a leader win back respect?

This week the UK has a visitor – and the response to his arrival has been…mixed. Can a leader who has lost the respect of those he leads ever win it back?

This week the UK has a visitor – and the response to his arrival has been…mixed. Can a leader who has lost the respect of those he leads ever win it back?

Don’t hold your people back.

This week we saw a quote circulating on social media that struck a chord:
CFO asks CEO: “What happens if we invest in developing our people and they leave us?”
CEO: “What happens if we don’t, and they stay?”

This week we saw a quote circulating on social media that struck a chord:
CFO asks CEO: “What happens if we invest in developing our people and they leave us?”
CEO: “What happens if we don’t, and they stay?”

Are you a puppeteer or a conductor?

With leadership – be it ruling a country or leading a small internal team – there are extremes. To see how this translates to the workplace, we can use the analogy of puppeteers vs conductors.

With leadership – be it ruling a country or leading a small internal team – there are extremes. To see how this translates to the workplace, we can use the analogy of puppeteers vs conductors.

Like attracts like; the challenge of diversity.

As a species, we are intrinsically attracted to similarities. We form attachments with those who share our interests and passions, and who are genetically like those we have had the most contact with…

As a species, we are intrinsically attracted to similarities. We form attachments with those who share our interests and passions, and who are genetically like those we have had the most contact with…

Are you passionate about your people’s passions?

However big or small your organisation, the one thing that makes you successful is the people who work for you – and every one of them has a passion.

However big or small your organisation, the one thing that makes you successful is the people who work for you – and every one of them has a passion.

Why failure is your best tool on the path to success

Whatever we do in life, failure is usually high on our list of fears – but when it comes to success in business…

Whatever we do in life, failure is usually high on our list of fears – but when it comes to success in business…

How to successfully implement cultural change

Making a significant and lasting change in any organisation that successfully adapts the way that things are done requires far more than a training session and a to-do list – it means defining shared goals, creating a shared pathway towards those goals, and the whole workforce walking that path together, guiding each other through each … Continue reading “How to successfully implement cultural change”

Are you conscious of your unconscious bias?

However much we tell ourselves that we are unbiased and progressive, we all have unconscious bias – and it’s up to us how much we let that influence our leadership. The very definition of unconscious bias is that it’s a bias we aren’t even aware we have. Our upbringing, background, cultural environment, the social circles … Continue reading “Are you conscious of your unconscious bias?”

The antidote to a toxic culture is better behaviour

[fusion_text] They say culture eats strategy for breakfast, and they may have a point. But, like breakfast, culture has ingredients: the behaviours that create the atmosphere and patterns that everyone works within. Think for a moment about your morning muesli, and contemplate that old adage – “One bad apple…” It seems the staff at Business … Continue reading “The antidote to a toxic culture is better behaviour”

Feeling useful is not a luxury

[fusion_text]It’s not every day that a high-profile professional dismisses their own abilities, makes the news by resigning, acknowledges that privilege is a complex issue, and makes an important point about our relationship with work – but that’s just what Lucy Kellaway, the FT’s award-winning management columnist and journalist, has just done with the announcement that … Continue reading “Feeling useful is not a luxury”