Q&A from Webinar: How Leaders Network for IESE Business School Alumni Learning Program

Here is the full recording of the How Leaders Network webinar from February 9th for the IESE Alumni community.  We had 520 people connected to the zoom call, and some great questions.  We didn’t get round to answering all of the questions, so I have taken some time to give full answers here in this … Continue reading “Q&A from Webinar: How Leaders Network for IESE Business School Alumni Learning Program”

Leaders Must Develop 2 Skills in the People around Them

If you are a leader, you need to work on developing 2 skills in the people around you: Influence and Decision Making. The Importance of Influence Skills Without the people around you learning how to influence others, they will always need your involvement to get anything done. Read more on Influence 18 Influence Methods to … Continue reading “Leaders Must Develop 2 Skills in the People around Them”

What is the fundamental characteristic of a leader?

What makes a person into a leader? Charisma? No. Communication? No. Experience? No. They deserve a promotion because of past efforts? No. What ideas do you have? There is one characteristic without which you cannot be called a leader. Followers? Yes…  but what do you need to have as a leader so that others actually … Continue reading “What is the fundamental characteristic of a leader?”

7 Strategies to Stop Self-Sabotage and Reach your Potential

This is a guest post from Ronald Cain. Ronald taught English in Ethiopia, Zambia and Zimbabwe for ten years. Teaching has provided him with lifelong lessons about confidence. Over to Ronald… I was a shy child. I consider myself an introvert. I let this label define how I thought I should live my life. In … Continue reading “7 Strategies to Stop Self-Sabotage and Reach your Potential”

You Don’t have Time to Figure Everything Out on your Own

Life is too short to figure everything out on your own.  Humans spend the years from birth to 12 learning how to survive.  Our parents have a vested interest in helping us develop the Stop there: we merely survive.  We live in a highly complex society.  There is intense competition for status in whatever hierarchy … Continue reading “You Don’t have Time to Figure Everything Out on your Own”

Books read in 2020

A list of the books I have read during 2020. Currently Reading January 2021… Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity, Scott Galloway. non-fiction. Prof Galloway is a provocative thinker. He is not always right, but he takes strong positions and makes good arguments. Even when I disagree, his arguments help me clarify my beliefs and … Continue reading “Books read in 2020”

Reflect on the Past, Clarify the Future

The best leadership book is not one that you can buy.   It is your own life, if well documented. Do you take time to document your life?  Do you take time to look at your past year and get clear on where you are, and where you are going? Last year Covid-19 brought a lockdown … Continue reading “Reflect on the Past, Clarify the Future”

Don’t just do something, sit there…

Some things require patience. “Don’t just do something, sit there”  Some things can’t be rushed. Sometimes patience is necessary.   I have a metaphor I use as an entrepreneur at challenging times in life. If you are travelling on a boat along a river, if the river is going the other direction, you are better pulling … Continue reading “Don’t just do something, sit there…”