Implementing Strategy – taking the next steps

  Let’s start by reminding ourselves of the two fundamental questions of leadership: Where am I going? Why should anyone follow me? My previous blogs have focused on Strategic Thinking where I have outlined what it is and how developing an effective strategy may be best approached. This addresses...

Before Strategy – 3 Important Questions to Ask

Leaders of organisations spend a lot of time thinking about, and evolving, strategy but there are three questions that may be even more important to consider first: Why we exist as an organisation – What is our Mission or Purpose? Who we are – What are our...

Turning Around a Dysfunctional Team – 7 Triage Questions

    To paraphrase Leo Tolstoy: “All happy teams are alike; each unhappy team is unhappy in its own way.”   A dysfunctional team can be a nightmare and suck up huge amounts of time, emotion and motivation as well as significantly affect results. Sometimes, it can seem as...

Strategic Thinking Simplified

  There are many books written about Strategic Thinking but, to many people, what this means is still unclear. So, how do you demystify the concept in a short blog? Strategic Thinking seeks to answer two key strategic questions: Where are you going to play? In which countries,...

Six Tips for Communicating Change

  When I received school reports for my two daughters at the end of last term, I was a bit surprised by the new format used.  The way the report was written had changed and some key information, which had always been there before, was missing. ...

Your Leadership Shadow

  As a leader, do you ever wonder how you’re perceived by others? Well, as a leader, everything you do is seen and everything you say is heard which sends a message to the people you lead. So, what messages are you sending and how are these perceived?...

The ART of delegation – 3 things leaders need to give

Why do you delegate? Is it because you’re busy and can’t get everything done? Is it because you want to give someone else an opportunity to develop? Is it a bit of both? Whatever your reason, delegation is an ART and, like any art form,...

Personal Effectiveness – The View from Everest

There are many opinions on what it takes to be personally effective. Here, a view from the top of the world offers another perspective. The same perspective can be applied to your effectiveness at lower altitude – read on to find out how… At 8,848 metres,...

Two Fundamental Truths about Leadership

With so many differing views on leadership, how are you supposed to make sense of what you should be doing as a Leader? What do you need to do to get it right? If you want to know how to get it right, read on… To start with,...