Why Rest is the new Black – 6 ways you can unwind these Holidays

Hooray, it’s holiday time! You’ve just about made it. Perhaps after a year of wins, skinned knees, or a likely mix of both. You’ve toiled and sweated and had successes and blunders. Finally, you’ve sailed and slugged your way through to the end of 2018. So congratulations, well done! Whether you spend your Christmas holidays…

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Who are you serving? An interview with leadership author James Strock

If I ran a university and offered a degree in leadership, Serve to Lead 2.0 would be THE MUST READ text book. Like most of the university textbooks I’ve read, it’s reassuringly solid. Not one of those flimsy, flash-in-the-pan-could’ve-been-written-in-ten sentences leadership books that are doing the rounds at the moment. Nope. This is the real…

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How to stay the course when you encounter rough seas

As you probably know, I love a good metaphor to illustrate ideas for your leadership journey. So this week, we are taking off to the seas. Setting sail, or identifying your desired strategy, is the always the easy part. But reaching your destination, executing that strategy, is where teams can come unstuck. It’s important to…

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An acronym you should remember when leading change

I like acronyms. They’re handy. Where would we be without RSVP, ETA and FYI? And having to remember the colours of the rainbow in correct order is made easier by ROYGBIV. This is required far more often than you’d think when you have a ten year old daughter. Then, there’s the ‘too weird to believe’…

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Three things you should never do as a leader

When I first became a boss, no one handed me The Leadership Handbook telling me what to do – or more importantly, what NOT to do, in order to lead a team of people successfully. It was more of a trial and error situation – cue scraped knees and furrowed brows, both mine and my…

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5 tips for leading your team through tough times

In case you hadn’t noticed, there are quite a few governments around the world in a bit of a pickle.  The Trump administration is an obvious one, Britain is continuing to be plagued by Brexit, our mates across the ditch have just elected their sixth Prime Minister in eight years and even our own government…

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A Five Step Process for Doing the Delegation Dance

Do you ever feel stressed at work? Do you struggle trusting your team with tasks you currently manage yourself? When you do trust someone in your team, do you then fret about them getting it right? Let’s be honest, does relinquishing control make you feel just a bit queasy and uneasy?   If you answered…

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How to combat feeling lonely at the top: Four tips for CEOs

“Solitude vivifies; isolation kills.”  – Joseph Roux Being a CEO can be lonely. Nobody tells you this before your first stint at running a company, but having coached a lot of CEOs, I’ve had a front row seat to the ‘lonely at the top’ factor. Sure, you have your board and your executive team to discuss…

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