People

What will you retain?

Lockdown can be regarded as a huge experiment and I am fascinated by what we have learned from it, both as individuals, as leaders, as businesses and as teams. Recently I have been asking people specifically what they have learned....

People

Worthwhile Work

The client was exasperated. He had had an employee ask to be left on furlough and as the MD he was astounded that someone would actually want to stay at home, after six months already, and do nothing. Particularly when...

People

If you think education is expensive….

A few years ago someone I knew went out of business and as she cleared her office I noticed a handful of business books that were unread, ready to go into the skip. Around about the same time someone else...

Leadership

Is it really necessary?

As businesses grow they get exponentially more complicated and as businesses grow we inevitably add people and processes to the structure. One of the consequences of the great disruptor that Covid has proven to be that business leaders are looking...

Leadership

Which side of the divide will you be on?

I briefly heard on the news this morning that it is expected to be announced that the UK is in recession later today. That will hardly be news to anyone that knows anything about business. You cannot expect any other...

Leadership

R.O.I.

This week a client posted a thank you on social media for the coaching they had done with me 10 years ago and that got me thinking. People often obsess about the ROI (return on investment) from any form of...

Leadership

On Leadership Post Covid

Leading a business can be the best fun you can have with your clothes on. Being at the head of a business that is making money, growing and doing well gives a feeling like no other. But we all know...

Leadership

Flexibility

When I was much younger, I used to find it irksome when friends, particularly young folk, would make sweeping and definitive statements like ‘I always do…’ or ‘I never….’ It doesn’t matter what the specific action was. I used to...

Leadership

Reset

Traditionally New Year is a good time to set goals and plans for the coming year. Birthdays and holidays provide other great opportunities, because it encourages us to stop, reflect and judge whether we are still on course to make...

Leadership

What If?

One of the great things about what I do is that I get to see many different businesses, so I get to not only recognise patterns but also to contrast different styles and approaches. One of the perennial challenges for...

Leadership

Take a break

It is strange how patterns seem to emerge and, like taps on the shoulder, it is worth taking notice of them. Over the last 10 days or so I have noticed quite a few clients and contacts all commenting on...

Leadership

Chance to reset

If you are preparing to reopen your business after lockdown, or even if you are already open now is a great opportunity to make things different, an opportunity to reset. Often the best time to make a change is when...