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An SAS Definition of Leadership

David Gilbert-Smith was an exceptional Rugby player with caps for Scotland who went on to…

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Too busy Judging when we should be developing

We have been working with several groups of leaders recently who are in the midst of the annual cycle of performance reviews. This often involves talent identification, evaluations and various pigeonholing tools like 9-box grids, success circles and values matrices.   My problem is not simply with the tools or…

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Accidental Leadership – Unbundling the App

For most leaders the process of becoming a leader is accidental. You start a career and build technical competence. If you are good at what you do there often comes a point when you get given responsibility for other people, which in theory at least, means you are now a…

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Do You Know Any Good Stories?

Amos was an old Askari, a night watchman in the highlands of Kenya. He told me once how electricity had come to their village and that it made him sad because they no longer gathered around the fire together to tell stories. Instead, each stayed in his own house, enthralled…

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Good Teams Are More Than The Sum Of The Parts

Have you ever wondered if your team is any good? Not just competent or functional but actually good, in the sense of being able to realise its full potential.   Over 90-percent of employees believe teams are critical to the success of their organisation but less than 2-percent of them…

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How To Improve Team Performance by 25%

Twenty five percent is not a small number, definitely not a marginal gain! It’s a huge uplift, achieved through the application of a single team habit. The use of After Action Reviews.   After Action Reviews, (AAR), sometimes referred to as Retrospectives in the language of agile planning are a…

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Face to Face = Better Teams

A good habit of British Army Regiments is the informal convening power of the Officers’ and Sergeants’ mess. Mid- morning, officers and NCOs will leave their various departments and sub-units and meet for coffee. It’s not mandated but this informal routine interaction drives a surprising amount of productive business. Far…

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