Is your assessment past its use by date? leadership performance Jul 21, 2021

How many of us have rummaged around in the back of the fridge, found some food slightly curled at the edges, looked at the “use by”...

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Let's ditch the work/life balance debate #careers leadership May 18, 2021

Every conversation about “work/life balance leaves me annoyed because it seems to totally miss the point.  What is this mysterious thing...

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The Six common threads of leadership #leadershipdevelopment leadership May 04, 2021

When we set up Defy Expectations we had a very clear vision of leadership.  Leadership was not something confined to the few, to those who...

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How to lead with tough love in tough times leadership Feb 02, 2021

Love is not weak, love is not a doormat, love does not compromise, but love is compassionate, listening and understanding. Love does not sit there...

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Have you got G.R.I.T? leadership Jan 11, 2021

Life in 2021 offers many opportunities to embrace change and lead in the manner that we want to; to become the leader we want to. But alongside...

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Why Bullying is a Board Issue leadership performance Dec 03, 2020

When people talk about bullying, they tend to see it from the point of view of the individual.

Bullying for individuals is appalling.  It...

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Welcome the disruptors – but don’t let them near the controls consult leadership Nov 19, 2020

Apparently one of Dominic Cummings favourite gestures on leaving a meeting was to pull the pin out of an imaginary grenade and throw it over his...

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Welcome to the unsung heroes leadership Nov 12, 2020

It’s great news that we have the first of the promising vaccines. The scientists at BioNTech-Pfizer that developed it, and all of the...

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Leaders are not just for Christmas – or for a crisis leadership Nov 06, 2020

Yes, it’s a really cute photo but it can be a rough life being a puppy.  Lockdown has led to lots of them being bred, sold at a high...

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The future has happened leadership performance Oct 14, 2020

It’s becoming very clear now that there is no “new normal” just around the corner.  The situation we are in now is the...

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What is leadership? leadership Oct 14, 2020

If you ask leaders what leaders do, they’ll talk about KPIs, profits, cost ratios, growth, product development and so on. They achieve...

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Six things you need to do to create a mature management team leadership May 11, 2020

There’s a quote from Sir Francis Drake that rings very true for organisational life today “There must be a beginning of any...

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