Interview: Dale Clareburt, CEO of Weirdly

I have to admit, I have a bit of a girl-crush on the person featured in today’s Leader’s Digest interview. Dale Clareburt, founder and CEO of high-growth kiwi tech company Weirdly has attitude and spunk and makes the Energiser Bunny look like a lazy sod. I first noticed Dale’s X factor when I placed her…

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How NOT to run a meeting – let my pain be your gain

When I first became a manager, the thing I dreaded the most was running the weekly team meeting. Cue copious eye rolling, blank stares and sideways smirks, constant phone checking and deathly silence. All the while, I perched anxiously at the head of the table. Not yet comfortable in my new manager skin – I…

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The People, Places And Moments That Shape Your Destiny

There are people, places and events you encounter in life, that change your life.  You know the ones – these are the things that on some level, you know there was “my life before x” and “my life after x”. This weekend just gone, I went on a course that was one of those. I won’t bore you…

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What Leaders Can Learn From Baba Stiltz

Leadership lessons can come from the most unexpected places. My brother sent me the link to this clip a few days ago. It’s about a young, highly talented electronic music producer from Stockholm with a classical ballet background. Sound interesting? He is! There’s something about Baba Stiltz. Watch it and you’ll see what I mean… This…

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Music Is My Muse

To consider a life without music would (for me) be an unfathomable nightmare. A bleak, dreary-grey, muted kaleidoscope of an existence. Music has been my constant companion throughout every stage of my life; dutifully chronicling the first time I fell in love (and the first time I fell out of love for that matter). Music…

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A Story About Biscuits

Everyone is different. So it makes perfect sense that what motivates one person in your team may be completely different to another. Some years ago the following interview was broadcast on an Open University sociology TV programme. The interviewer was talking to a female production-line worker in a biscuit factory. The dialogue went like this: Interviewer: How…

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