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?

Can I speak with candour?

[fusion_text] Silicon Valley – where else? – has a new ‘thing’, apparently. It’s called Radical Candor. We’re English, so we won’t be mean and quibble about the spelling. After all, there’s an important point here. (And a book and a website. And a company and a TED Talk…) Helen Rumbelow interviewed its co-founder, Kim Scott … Continue reading “Can I speak with candour?”

Silence is easily misread: Mum’s not the word

An organisational culture may not be as blatantly draconian as to demand silence, but it can certainly encourage specific topics – or specific speakers – to remain pretty heavily muted. And an environment that discourages speaking out cannot avoid discouraging something else that is just as important: listening.

An organisational culture may not be as blatantly draconian as to demand silence, but it can certainly encourage specific topics – or specific speakers – to remain pretty heavily muted. And an environment that discourages speaking out cannot avoid discouraging something else that is just as important: listening.

Lies, damned lies and statistics …

If the culture and peaceful internal existence of an organisation depends on a moderately high level of mistruths to ‘maintain co-operative relationships’ then the culture needs to be reviewed. If people are lying in self-defence, or because a less polished version of ‘the truth’ would be socially unacceptable, the culture – and the organisation – are in trouble.

If the culture and peaceful internal existence of an organisation depends on a moderately high level of mistruths to ‘maintain co-operative relationships’ then the culture needs to be reviewed. If people are lying in self-defence, or because a less polished version of ‘the truth’ would be socially unacceptable, the culture – and the organisation – are in trouble.