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October 15, 2019

I keep getting asked to deliver talks at the moment on Empathy.

At first I thought it was an anomaly but as the requests continue to come in I asked myself "How are people experiencing empathy or lack of it at work to make this an increasing request?"

In a nutshell it turns out the anecdotal evidence is... that increasingly people are feeli...

September 30, 2019

Twenty years ago if I had asked someone to describe themselves at their best, the response would have been “I am not bad at finance” or “I’m pretty good with people”. Very few people could articulate with clarity what made them feel, think and be at their best. The character traits and activities that made them really flourish.

In 1999, Dr Ma...

September 3, 2019

When asked about their long term career plans, so many executives say “I would like to sit on some Boards”.

When I ask why, which ones and what they think happens at a Board meeting, at least 60% of those will answer... 

    •    I can work reduced hours and have a stable income
    •    Any Board is fine as long as it...

August 8, 2019

“Teaming is a way of working together that brings people
together to generate new ideas and to solve problems.
People need to learn how to be a team
as it doesn't come naturally in most organisations.” 

HBR 2017

This statement has generated many active discussions amongst the senior teams I work with and most recently with someone I admire and...

August 1, 2019

Above all. It is necessary for a person to have a true self estimate, for we commonly think we can do more than we really can.” Seneca
A few years ago I was mapping development for a senior leadership team who were less than effective. I presented the seven parts of building an effective team and we were focusing on one of those, Self Aware...

July 25, 2019

Surveys and research all continue to highlight that both influencing and negotiating skills are essential for career success. If you can’t do them you miss out on so many opportunities.

The Art of Influencing involves so much more than just getting what you want.

Influencing is an Art, it’s a way of interacting and engaging and commun...

July 16, 2019

When people discuss negotiation skills they often think of manipulation and car sales people or bartering in a market over the price of an inexpensive item. The truth is that negotiation happens daily and being unaware of this can cost us in; our career progression, our financial position, our personal success and even in our relationships.


June 19, 2019

Waiting to be inspired by others can be a long and sometimes fruitless task. Waiting for others to be inspiring is a recipe for disappointment.
Leaders are required to be inspiring.
But sadly this often looks like empty words of praise

“This is the best country in the world”
“We are the most admired”
“They love us”
“We can be the best”


June 3, 2019

We all search for inspiration amidst the noise and the speed of our modern lives. We search for meaningful concepts and principles to help us be better and to be stronger. We search for positive ways to connect.

It is difficult when we have media bombarding us with bad news whether it be the man made death of a species or the corruption of our...

May 23, 2019

Everyone talks about trying to retain and engage the best people in their business. Retention is one of the biggest challenges facing business and many organisations invest heavily to retain their best people, desperately trying to get everyone to remain loyal and stay with the business.
What if this approach is not always the right way to a...

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