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Are You Agile Enough for what lies ahead?

Are You Agile Enough for what lies ahead? I have no desire to be a political commentator. I don’t have either the skills or the desire. I am embarrassed by the lack of leadership and integrity our politicians show and...

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“Universal truths and how to apply them”

The more things change the more they remain the same. So as one year comes to an end and another begins I am struck by how times are changing, how rapid those changes are and how seismic. Fundamental wisdom  I...

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“Do you suffer from lack of discipline?”

Discipline I guess lots of us will have used the passing of the old year and the arrival of the New Year as an opportunity to set ourselves some new goals, some new targets and some new commitments. It is...

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You need two things to grow

You need two things to grow It will consist of a matrix of relationships such as who reports to who, about what. Who is accountable for what and how all of that meshes together like a complex machine. In fact...

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The biggest thing I have learned

The biggest thing I have learned I have been leading businesses for over thirty five years and coaching business leaders for almost fourteen years. If there is one thing that I have learned in that time it is this; a...

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How complex is your business?

The upside of complexity Growing Business One of the major roadblocks to growing any business is the way that things become exponentially more complex unexpectedly quickly. I have written and spoken about this many times. The principle is that as...

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Do you know your triggers?

No More Resolutions We are coming to the end of another year and the custom is as we pass from the old year to the new one that we make New Year Resolutions. So here is my suggestion. Stop it!...

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Do you invest in yourself?

The problem is out there Of course it is. The problem is always out there but it doesn’t necessarily follow that the solution is out there, so stop looking for it ‘out there’. It is a well observed trait of...

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Sport and Leadership

Sports I have always steered clear of using sporting analogies when talking about business or indeed leadership. I know that some people use sporting analogies often but I usually feel that they don’t work. I don’t see an awful lot...

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“Why pride matters more than money”

The World’s Greatest Motivational Force One of my favourite experts in the areas of organisational culture and leadership, Jon R Katzenbach, wrote a book entitled “Why pride matters more than money”. I don’t think it is his most important or...

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“Are you in the busyness of business?”

Complexity is Chaos part 2 “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Wrote Antoine de Saint-Exupery in the 20th Century. We have already discussed how complexity grows exponentially...

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Is Your Business Complex?

As businesses grow they inevitably and necessarily become more complex. The fact is that complexity grows at an exponential rate, not a linear rate. If there are two people two relationships will exist; A with B and B with A....

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