Leadership

Dial C for Success - Business Leadership in the Digital Age

Dan Weisbeck | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Tech
Dan Weisbeck

The business leader of tomorrow has to be tech savvy, as relying on junior staff to bring innovation and experimentation to the table is no longer an option... Embrace mobile and cloud as positive changes, and transform your business by becoming a digital leader.

The 11th Commandment: Follow, Learn, Adapt

Nigel Rayment | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK
Nigel Rayment

Whether they admit it or not, it's something that all successful people and organisations do. These survivors enhance their vision by standing on the shoulders of giants and save their skins by leaping from the tails of the reckless.

Mental Toughness

Dominic Irvine | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

We need mental toughness to overcome the insidious business disease of 'corporate helplessness'. This is a condition where people abdicate responsibility to others for their failure to perform. Symptoms include "I haven't been on a training course", or "No-one has shown me", or "We've tried that before."

Be Brave Bercow - Or You'll Be the One Out of Your Depth

Grant Feller | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

Baroness Boothroyd spoke out after it was revealed that the current Speaker wants inexperienced Australian Carol Mills to be his £200,000 a year Commons Clerk, despite little obvious affinity for the job.

Leaders Are Responsible for Building Success That Lasts

Colin Hunter | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Colin Hunter

Every great leader can cite those that they take inspiration from, and in many ways this acted as a springboard for the basis of Built to Last. Here Porras shares with us his motivations and advice for achieving and maintaining success, from the inside out.

What Makes a Woman 'Leadership Material'?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Neela Bettridge

The implication is that no matter how spectacular your achievements, if you're missing that X-factor, you're not going to make it as a leader. (This is not good news for women, since that X-factor tends to be determined from a distinctly XY set of precedents.)

A Packing List For The Future

Dan Sullivan | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Dan Sullivan

Choosing is always related to the future. It comes from inside, from your imagination. You create a possibility out of your passion to experience a bigger and better future--usually in terms of having greater freedom with your time, money, relationships, and purpose.

Leadership Lessons From Warren Bennis

Geoffrey Wadhurst | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK
Geoffrey Wadhurst

When it comes down to the old born-or-made question in the leadership debate I am on the same side as the late Warren Bennis whose recent passing prompted me to offer my own leadership thoughts.

The Inside Track: How to Turn a Struggling Sport Around

Adrian Moorhouse | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Sport
Adrian Moorhouse

At the Olympics, Great Britain only managed to win three medals, one Silver and two Bronze, falling short of the medal target of five to seven. However, at the Commonwealth Games the Home Nations have managed to rack up a staggering 45 medals, with 15 of them being Gold.

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 02.09.2014 | 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 02.09.2014 | 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 19.08.2014 | 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 27.08.2014 | 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 26.08.2014 | 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 25.08.2014 | 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 19.08.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 02.08.2014 | 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...