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Why Fools & Failures are the Secret to Innovation

Why Fools & Failures are the Secret to Innovation

Metris Leadership has recently been doing some work with a national retailer who places a high premium on their ability to innovate. They even have a President's prize, which gives a large financial incentive to anyone providing successful new ideas. But the truth is that the company actually isn’t very good at innovation and despite having the most engaged staff we have ever seen in a large business they are as flat footed as everyone else when it comes to innovation. Here is a quick analysis of why the culture around innovation is nearly always wrong and what you can do about it.

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3 Reasons to Put Humility at the Heart of your Leadership

3 Reasons to Put Humility at the Heart of your Leadership

It may not at first be obvious why humility should be taken as a prerequisite quality for effective leadership. It is a challenging concept for many of us bought up in a society that esteems and champions the role of the individual almost above all else. The word can have a tendency to be associated with weakness or a lack of assertiveness but really as C.S Lewis quipped, ‘humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less’.

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4 Leadership Lessons I've Learned From My Kids

4 Leadership Lessons I've Learned From My Kids

I have the great good fortune to be a parent and to have the experience of trying to raise two small boys. Every day brings its challenges and excitement – long days and short years, as one exhausted friend commented. Along the way I’ve probably learnt almost as much about leadership and teams from the experience of watching my sons grow up and trying to shape their characters as I did from a career in the military. This short blog looks at 4 things I learnt.

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Are You Fit to Lead?

Are You Fit to Lead?

Three years into my military career as a junior Captain I was put in charge of the Battalion signal platoon. These were riflemen who served as signalers within the Battalion, usually because they showed the intelligence and technical aptitude to deliver this critical service but occasionally because the rifle platoons wanted to side line someone. The signal platoon delivered a vital capability - any infantry unit that can’t communicate is effectively useless. Unfortunately many of these technically excellent soldiers had decided that fitness was low on the priority list, a view reinforced by the Battalion moving into armoured vehicles. With wheels and tracks who cared about running anywhere?

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