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Who would you “sacrifice” for?

This last weekend has been a huge weekend for cycling in London and Surrey.  A city criterium on Saturday followed by a mass participation ride (16,000) and a pro race on Sunday.  Cycling has come a long, long way since … Continue reading

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Leadership 101

Please can we start teaching leadership in schools as a specific and mandatory course.  I am frequently amazed by how poor the general understanding of leadership is.  So at the risk of repeating previous posts I am going to summarise … Continue reading

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A critical part of leadership – availability

Busyness is endemic to most senior roles these days – is it a habit, a fashion or a plague? Leadership is a critical skill in our society.  It could be argued that leadership is THE critical skill.  That very many … Continue reading

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Humble Leadership

I was recently reminded of one of my favourite jobs.  The job was in Rome and the brief was to use Roman history as a backdrop to discuss “hubris and the fall of empires”.  Before the event I did a … Continue reading

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Beware the Totalitarian Corporation

It is easy to imagine, in these enlightened times that totalitarianism is from a bygone age.  Remarkably, perhaps, there are still businesses that operate using the kind of hierarchical systems and culture that might be familiar to medieval kings or … Continue reading

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Towards Holocracy

This weekend we had an extraordinarily vivid experience of autocracy.  We went to Hampton Court Palace where four actors recreated an episode in the court of Henry VIII. The roles cast were Henry VIII, Henry’s Chancellor – Thomas Cromwell, Anne … Continue reading

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What are you going to tell the kids?

In values and leadership workshops I have recently taken to asking for a show of hands by those “who would like to work for an organisaton they are not proud of?”  As you might expect no one has yet put … Continue reading

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