Category Leadership

10 Personal Habits of Resilient People

Before you start reading, I’d like you to take a moment and think about the people you know well.  Who, would you say, is the most psychologically resilient of your friends or family?  Who would cope the best with major setbacks?  Who would be able to keep their heads while all about them are losing […]

What does Leadership mean to you?

Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School will be speaking at IESE Business School in Barcelona next Monday 13th. “It is my desire to inspire people of all ages and social demographics to think about leadership on a broad level, contemplate what it means to them and what individual impact they can have when it […]

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Intentionality and Defiance

As I grow ever older, staying fit requires ever greater intention.  I sometimes wish to myself that it might be a little easier, but then quickly realise that this is my inner saboteur distracting me. If you are going uphill then you are going towards success.  I so often want writing to become easier.  I […]

Manifesto: Keep Wonder Alive, Join me and make the #idontknow Commitment

In the spirit of changing myself for the better (and becoming a better father to my daughter), I wrote a short manifesto. http://cono.rs/idontknow In the next 10 years through to 2024, 1 Billion jobs will be taken over by machines. Google cars will replace taxis. IBM’s Watson will replace customer service staff. We cannot out-reason the machines. We must […]

You cannot promote world peace when you are angry

Last week I taught a course on persuasive communication.  One individual was a charismatic speaker who repeatedly gave speeches that I would classify as “Rant”.  This is a passionate and initially engaging way of speaking, but it has no place in a Leader’s communication. To rant is to speak or shout at length in an […]

Become Indispensable: Solve Interesting Problems

Question for you: What do you have as your description line in your LinkedIn profile? Mine says “Moving People to Action”   What does your LinkedIn Description say? I see several varieties of description.  Some people just put their job title: “VP Marketing at Corporation Inc”.  Some people an abstraction of their past experience “Experienced […]

Leading Teams: The 5 Styles of Managing People

I was teaching a seminar recently and a young film producer told me “I am not a good manager”.  I asked him why he believed this.  He described a recent series of disasters that he had overseen with his team. I asked him “who are the people on your team?”. He said his cousin helped […]

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Why is it a Must for You?

Most people know what they would have to do if they really wanted to get where they want to go. But, they don’t get there. Most don’t even start. To Must or Not To Must If it is not a must for you, it is not going to happen. What is the holy grail between […]

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Does success inevitably breed failure?

When does the switch from aiming to succeed to aiming not to fail occur? Has any company ever avoided it? NASA, Microsoft… and next up?  Apple? Dan Ariely asks this question on his blog. Why did NASA go from the ambitious 1960′s to 1980′s era moon missions to the conservative, blame-finding, cover-your-arse culture of the […]

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70% of Organisational Change Efforts Fail. 8 Steps for Leading Change.

70% of organisation change efforts fail. John Kotter has an 8 step process that can reduce the likelihood that your project of organisational change (and all leadership projects mean some form of change the the existing status quo). A big source of failure is starting action before you have put together a solid base of […]

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