Advice and Ideas

Vision and the role of a Leader?

Leaders create a “vision” of where their team wants to be. This has to be able to be described so people can actually picture it. Leaders need to feel attracted to this vision and make this vision attractive to their team. It should provide  a common purpose. Leaders also need to ensure there is an [...]

Resources and Recomended Reading

We are often asked by leaders which books, videos or articles we recommend for their development. There are so many out there it is obviously hard to choose. It depends a lot on what your area of interest is and your preferred learning style as to what might float your boat. Here are some we [...]

Making a Change

Fast moving change has become the norm in all walks of life with technology leading the rapid changes in how we communicate, network and even influencing political revolts. And change can be stressful. Within organisations people’s performance improves if they develop proactive techniques to handle change, learn to set realistic and flexible goals and have [...]

The five ingredients for a leader.

I am often asked “what makes a good leader?” My answer is: leaders are like food, it depends on the time, place and people as to which meal is considered the best. However meals often use the best ingredients. So I thought about the great leaders I have met and the ingredients that set them [...]

Getting on with it.

In order to tackle procrastination take 5 steps. Break tasks down into bite sized chunks with short deadlines for completion. Create a consequence for not completing to give some motivation. Make a public commitment to your plan of action. Go through your planned actions with someone else and agree to review how you got on. [...]

Being present.

Being present is a top principle for leading. We need to be able to give undivided attention and have the ability to make others feel they are only ones in the room. It’s only then that we can communicate really well by taking the time to listen to what people are saying.

What leaders can learn from Glastonbury

For those who may have missed it another Glastonbury Festival happened this weekend. The Festival is widely considered the best in the world and the best bands fall over themselves to appear at it and tickets sell out every year, even whilst other festivals struggle. “There’s always a wish list, and only the best bands [...]

When is it OK to slow down..

When I am walking with my young daughters we are often in a rush to get to school or somewhere I want to be. The focus is getting there quickly, and there is less interest from me in what they are saying and doing and more on trying to get us to go faster. Sometimes [...]

Hiding behind the bar

I spend a fair bit of time in cafes having meetings or coaching and  I am always perplexed when the staff won’t come over to ask if you want anything else. I was in a cafe the other day for 2 hours (we were pretty much the only people in it) and still I had [...]

Inspiring leadership

What a great Olympics it’s been. I don’t know about you but I have been inspired and daunted at the same time. Here is what I have taken from it so far: 1. Astounding 10,ooo meters champion Mo Farah says he has to run 120 miles a week in training. Lesson.  There is no easy [...]