10 Benefits Of One-On-One Meetings

Meetings make up a large proportion of our working day. Hardly a day goes by without several. In fact, back-to-backs are probably more commonplace! Of all the meetings we attend as leaders, monthly (or fortnightly) one-on-ones with our direct reports are one of the most significant. One-on-ones are often overridden by what seem to be…

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Four Killers of Creativity (and how to avoid them)

When I was little, my father (whose Ph.D was on the topic of creativity in science) would do a creativity experiment on my siblings and me.  The game was a sort of ‘spot the different images in the clouds’ but for academics! He would get out the family slide projector and put up slides deliberately…

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The Power of Reflection

One of the most common reactions I get from people who experience executive coaching is: “Wow, just having the time and space to think about that issue I’ve been grappling with has been great!” When was the last time you hit the pause button? Today’s business landscape is fast paced, complex and demanding, so it’s…

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Four Leadership Lessons I Learned From My Kids

It has been said “the real magic wand is the child’s own mind” (Gasset) and I could not agree more. I am often reminded of the wisdom of children.  In many ways this statement is counter intuitive, after all, are we not the ones supposed to be teaching them of the ways of the world? The truth…

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