The Dangerous World of Hope Apr 29, 2022

I live not far from the BMW plant in Oxford.  As you drove past the entrance a couple of years ago the road was lined with trucks from all...

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The future is not what we thought - the hard lessons of reality leadership Mar 29, 2022

Leaders are always being urged to think about the future.  What can disrupt your business, what new technology/competitors/market is coming to...

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Swimming in the smart lane – a sideways view of Account Management Mar 23, 2022

For the last few months my morning run has become rather hazardous because our local swimming pool is putting in a ground-source heat pump that...

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Caring for yourself is an act of generosity – 6 things that will help self care Mar 11, 2022

All through the pandemic I have been talking to people who are stressed and exhausted by the pressures of their job, their relationships, home...

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When will they ever learn? #defyexpectations leadership Mar 08, 2022

I used to laugh at my mother, who all her adult life stockpiled candles and tinned food and needles and thread, “because you couldn’t...

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Plan in earnest, and with pessimism Feb 23, 2022

At the beginning of the year, I wrote about the six skills that leaders would need for the future.  One of these is risk management. ...

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Sometimes it’s better to be a machine Feb 18, 2022

When things get bad at work, when there is no communication, when there is no let up in the pressure, you often hear the comment “we are just...

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Suddenly the world changed Feb 09, 2022

Yesterday Australia, which had one of the most draconian approaches to Covid, announced that its borders were open to anyone that had been...

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Welcome to the Guerrilla World of Transformational Leadership Jan 20, 2022

In my last blog/post I talked about the six skills that we, at Defy Expectations believe leaders will need in the New Normal.  The first of...

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6 Skills for Leaders in the New Normal Jan 12, 2022

The New Year is always a time for reflections and resolutions. 2022 gives us a great deal to reflect on, the last two years have been...

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Welcome to the Future - This IS the New Normal Jan 04, 2022

It’s clear now that the light at the end of the Covid tunnel is an on-coming train. The obvious, and perfectly valid concern is for the NHS,...

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Paying the Price. 6 questions to ask yourself before you take the next promotion #careers #promotion leadership Nov 30, 2021

It’s interesting how we focus on moving ever upwards on the corporate ladder. We very often fail to stop to think whether this is something...

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