From Start-up to Scale-up #operating model Jun 28, 2022

One of the joys of being a leadership coach is that you can work with companies at all stages of their evolution.  Lately I’ve been...

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Only Humans have Ostrich Moments Jun 23, 2022

The thought that the Covid pandemic came from a Chinese lab is a great and comforting theory.  Why? Because if it’s true then it’s...

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Every silver lining has a cloud Jun 14, 2022

No, I haven’t got that backwards.  Right now, the world is looking pretty grey.  There are clouds massing everywhere you look,...

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Risk Management – A Thinking Framework Jun 07, 2022

Last week I wrote about how quickly risks that we were not expecting could become destroyers of countries and corporations.  It’s a...

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Was that the sound of my risk shifting? #riskmanagement Jun 01, 2022

If a week is a long time in politics, then six months is a lifetime for business leaders.  As someone who aspires to be a #futurologist , I...

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Creativity should be fun Jun 01, 2022

Playing Bananagram's Cobra Paw is a lot of fun.  It's designed for 10 year olds but seems to bring out the child in all ages. At Defy...

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Optimising Productivity - The Difficult Art of Stopping #leadershipdevelopment performance May 25, 2022

As the business environment gets more and more difficult optimising productivity is increasingly important.  You cannot afford to waste any...

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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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