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Leadership & Belief (Part 1)

Boy on a high dive, Norman Rockwell, 1947 ‘Whether you think you can, or you…

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Women Special Forces & The Case For Diversity

A crisis can generate a focus on what really matters. We set aside petty and irrelevant concerns, discard turf wars, prejudice and office politics in the overwhelming concern to save the ship from sinking.   Almost exactly 81-years ago, in July 1940, Britain had already had to evacuate her army…

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The Red Queen’s Dilemma – Running Fast Going Nowhere

In a typically surreal moment in the story of ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’, Alice finds herself with the Red Queen running as fast as she can simply to remain in the same spot. The Red Queen tells Alice, ‘Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can…

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Why We’re Probably Predestined To Awful Leadership Forever

Principle | ˈprɪnsɪp(ə)l | noun. A fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning. Leadership performance in any domain; business, politics, education, religion or the military seems over time to be firmly stuck. Leadership has not got better and in many cases a cogent case could…

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What Does The Team Need From Me?

Good leaders are constantly adjusting their approach according to the situation. If you’re familiar with John Boyd’s OODA loop model, originally inspired by an analysis of air to air combat, Observe and Orientate, are the first 2-stages in the cycle.  They are all about creating good situational awareness. In an…

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My Biggest Leadership Lesson

Pierre Joubert   I guess a lot of the leadership lessons that I’ve learnt over my career have a lot to do with my particular weaknesses or blind spots as a leader; I’ve learnt to invest far more in team relationships and communicating for example. But I think in some…

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What’s The Value of Leadership – Really?

There are no bad teams, only bad leaders.  Instinctively we recognize there is more than a grain of truth to this statement. It’s not a new sentiment, Napoleon declared ‘There are no bad Regiments, only bad Colonels’.  We know leadership has a value but we are not sure how to…

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