Icarus: A cautionary tale for the overambitious

When it came to fables and useful myths to demonstrate a point, the Greeks had it going on. The story of Icarus is no exception. In this Greek myth, Icarus follows his father in fleeing the city of Crete.  His father cobbles together wings for them both made out of wax and feathers – as…

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The ‘L’ word and why it’s central to your leadership success

Love

I’ve been told on more than one occasion that I use the word ‘love’ a lot. It peppers my conversation like chili in a Mexican fajita. Some people even say I mention ‘love’ way too much – certainly in a professional setting. Sorry, not sorry. Love has a monumental role to play in leadership. HBR’s Duncan Coombe  and I…

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What Defines You As A Successful Person?

What Defines You As A Successful Person

Today’s blog post is by my Altris buddy, Kelly Samson, who is one of the nicest people I met in 2015. He offers up some serious food for thought around how we identify WHO we are by WHAT we do. Tom knew it was coming, they all knew. The slow-moving restructuring juggernaut, chewing up departments and teams…

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9 Missing Ingredients Of Successful Leadership

What strikes me almost every day in my coaching practice, is how heavily the following traits are valued in organisations: Action Doing Competitive drive Goal focus Intellectual fortitude The logic. The linear. The analytical. And this is a good thing. After all, these activities do contribute to productivity and results. But, I’m starting to get a bit…

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The Gift of Naiveté

I read this article last week… The Counterintuitive Secret To Pandora’s Success I can’t think of a more poignant or direct example of the gift of naiveté. Generally we look down upon naiveté, particularly in business. It’s viewed as  a weakness, a shortcoming, a downfall. But as told in the article above, the founder of…

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Celebrating Success

Recently my blog followers crossed the 100 mark, and although it was a small milestone in the scheme of things, it was nevertheless one I thought worth celebrating.  I remember the day I had started my blog – 100 followers seemed like a lofty goal. And now I had reached it. I had a celebratory glass…

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You can’t always get what you want…

But if you try sometimes, you might just find, you get what you need. A short time ago I discovered I was unsuccessful in winning a coaching engagement I had thought had my name on it. As you can imagine, I was fairly devastated.  However, after the obligatory self-pity session – consisting of ice cream over-load,…

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Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Over Christmas I received a book from a dear friend of mine, called The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. I love to read (and I read a lot of books), however there were some messages in this particular book which resonated deeply with me, so I wanted to share them with you. Brené Brown is a…

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