Are Women Leaders Playing the Game With a Handicap

Dr Sam Collins | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Dr Sam Collins

A common strand links businesses across the country: the masculine model of organizational structure when most often men lead the way, recruit others in their image and communicate with each other based on a "superman" model of management. But there's a new generation of women and men who are tired of assuming that everyone wants to make it to the top and do in a 'no prisoners' way.

Spanish Football - Lessons For Business Leadership

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

To be clear, building a team should not be confused with the idea of creating a climate of consensus. Successful teams can only be built with strong leadership that is relentlessly focused on ensuring that such teams are built to function as a seamless unit and deliver results. Endlessly seeking consensus can significantly undermine this process.

Discretionary Effort - Insights From the Business of Cycling

Dominic Irvine | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Sport
Dominic Irvine

The security team faced a choice, overtake the hapless cyclist at the back to get behind their man or watch as the gap between the two riders grew. Ha...

Succeeding in Business: It's All About Balance

Rachel Kay | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Rachel Kay

In all of the these examples I have learnt as a leader to have a 'balanced view' which often means talking to team members, subject matter experts, mentors to help me gain a wider perspective on an issue. Working as a leader of an organisation and succeeding in business is rarely done as a 'solo' journey, surrounding yourself with good people always seems to work!

Mindful Managers Care More Readily

Michael Chaskalson | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Chaskalson

I teach mindfulness from time to time to groups of senior executives at one of the UK's leading financial services organisations. These are ambitious people with big jobs. They have only a few steps left on their career paths and the organisation wants to help them make those. That's where programmes like my Art of Mindful Leadership training come in.

Surfing Research Part of One of the Best Degree Programmes in the Country

Gregory Borne | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Gregory Borne

This week represented the conclusion of an academic year. Let me make it very clear, this does not mean I am now on holiday. Far from it, there is a considerable amount of work to do in preparation for next years teaching and a pressing need to continue the research agenda.

Five Lessons in Leadership From the UK's Smartest Women

Simone Roche | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simone Roche

As director of Women 1st, an initiative that aims to increase the number of women working in senior roles, I have come into contact plenty of high-achievers, from CEOs to editors, all of whom have valuable advice to share for women looking to reach the top. Here are a few top tips I've gained from some of the UK's smartest women.

Is the England Cricket Captaincy Becoming an Impossible Job?

Jonathan Cook | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Sport
Jonathan Cook

Under such tremendous scrutiny, the pressure on Cook to perform, both personally and as a leader - a role for which his insular personality seems ill-suited - may be too great. Perhaps, in the modern era, the job of England cricket captain really is impossible.

What the World Cup Can Teach You About Being a Great Boss

Beth Burgess | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK
Beth Burgess

England are out. Lessons will be learned. It's the same old World Cup story for England fans, who'll be leaving Brazil with sunburn, tacky souvenirs and a familiar sense of disappointment. What Hodgson will do to improve the team's performance for the European qualifiers remains to be seen.

Motherhood and Leadership: Do They Mix?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

Lack of support can leave women "faced with the feeling like they're not enough at either home or work" and prone to dropping out, says Chivers. "These are women who know they can deliver great things at work and raise happy, normal kids if only their and their partners' employers would trust them enough to crack on in flexible fashion."

Mindful Leadership: Fear and Emotional Contagion

Michael Chaskalson | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Chaskalson

"But I need my people to be afraid of me - it keeps them on their toes. They perform better that way..." The leader who made that comment, objecting to something I said in a presentation on mindful leadership, couldn't have been more wrong.

The Real Skills Shortage in UK Manufacturing is Leadership

James Burwood | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
James Burwood

"UK Manufacturing growth threatened by skills shortage" screeches the boringly repetitive and lazy headline. I keep seeing this story and I take issue with it for a number of reasons...

Making Fierce Conversations Count - In Business and in Life

Colin Hunter | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Colin Hunter

Continuing the theme of last month's interview with Tim Brown, I have once again re-visited my shelf of inspirational leadership books. This month, Ha...

Coffee Loyalty Cards - The Stamp of Success

Dominic Irvine | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

"Do you have a loyalty card?" the Barista asked as I paid for my double espresso. My card was duly stamped - only two more coffees before I could claim a free brew. Most people in the queue had a loyalty card too. And so I got to thinking.

A Spiritual Approach to Leadership: Time for Change?

David Green | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
David Green

Yesterday was the birthday of a great yogi from India, Paramahamsa Hariharananda who lived until he was 95. His greatest teaching was to selflessly...

What I'm M.A.D. About: The end is near for businesses that can't demonstrate how they Make A Difference.

Dr Sam Collins | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK
Dr Sam Collins

One of my coaching clients (who we'll call Jane), a board level director with a multi million dollar insurance firm recently asked me to speak togethe...

High Sensitivity - Hidden Treasure for Organizations

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Thomas Gelmi

Highly sensitive managers and employees can provide crucial competitive advantages for organizations. The business world is still about higher, fas...

Crowdsourcing Leadership

Suzanne de Janasz | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Suzanne de Janasz

While not without its challenges, crowdsourcing can help leaders revive an ailing organization, engage employees, and support a culture of continuous improvement...but only if they do so with sincerity, humility and patience.

Leading Men vs. Leading Ladies - Do the Sexes Really Need Managing Differently?

Jo Manton | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Jo Manton

The question as to whether men and women require different management approaches is interesting, not least as it has been - certainly in contrast to comparisons between how men and women manage - little researched.

Should Employers Reward More Employees for Their Social Media Profiles and Personal Brands?

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Business today means leading and empowering professionals towards branding themselves, and being less precious about top-down control. Help people to be themselves and trust that they will return the favour by bringing brands and campaigns to life, just like Pinocchio.

Back to Reality - How to Find Creative Work After Having a Baby

Lou Mensah | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lou Mensah

It may or may not be true that we become our parents, but I want to be careful of the example I set. These choices are more far-reaching than my own sense of satisfaction. I want my daughter to see me as someone who provides, and someone who is available for her.

The Three Attributes Of True Leadership

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Great leaders may possess a myriad of attributes, not least of which are intelligence, charisma and natural charm. All of these things matter. However you can be a great leader and not be naturally charming or very intelligent, or many of the other qualities credited to a leader.

David Moyes: The Psychology of Failure

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Sport
Professor Ian Robertson

Look at any number of photographs of David Moyes playing football with the United lads during training and imagine Alex Ferguson doing this. Only under very rare, ritualised circumstances, would Ferguson, the alpha-male primate, allow his all-powerful dominant image be tainted with any hint of 'being one of the lads'...

Inspiring Leadership: Time to Go Back to School

David Lancefield | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK
David Lancefield

In Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 movie Rumblefish, Mickey Rourke's doomed anti-hero Motorcycle Boy mutters: "If you'd going to lead people, you have to have somewhere to go." It's a thought that CEOs of today's entertainment and media businesses might usefully ponder as they strive to lead their organisations - and their people - through the turbulence of digital disruption.

How Committed Are Your Staff?

James Caan | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
James Caan

A good leader will know exactly how to get each member of staff motivated. Remember we all have different drivers so the one-size-fits-all approach isn't a good one to take. Take the time to understand what makes each person tick and what sort of managerial approach they respond best to.