Learning leadership lessons can be painful

This week, I was delivered a powerful lesson which I am still trying to make sense of. It has prompted me to think deeply and broadly about the way in which leadership lessons can be conveyed. Sometimes teachers come in the strangest guises: a person we despise, a political election, a random conversation, an uncomfortable,…

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What A Problematic Horse Taught Me About Leadership

When I was nine, my parents divorced and my mother and I moved from the city to a tight-knit country village. She went from being married to a high-brow University Professor to being the local publican’s wife. I went from attending a posh private college for girls to a country school with 50 kids. To say…

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Why Leaders Should Challenge Paradigms (even their own)

The greatest leaders are ones who challenge the status quo. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, Aung San Suu Kyi and Sir Edmund Hillary are just a few examples of influential people throughout history who have made a real and lasting impact on the world. Why? Because they asked questions. They opposed dogmatism. They…

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20 Ways To Challenge Effectively

“He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of diplomacy.”  – Robert Estabrook The skill of challenging effectively is a constant area of focus – not only in working with my clients, but personally as well. There’s no doubt about it, challenging is challenging. It’s a tricky skill to master…

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