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What Do You Notice?

  ‘Clarity begins with realizing what we do not notice—and don’t notice that we don’t…

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What Do We Remember?

‘…a war begun for no purpose, carried on with a strange mixture of rashness and timidity, brought to a close after suffering and disaster, without much glory attached either to the government which directed, or the great body of troops which waged it. Not one benefit, political or military, was…

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Are You Listening Or Just Letting Me Speak?

‘The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place’ George Bernard Shaw We know that good communication depends in good measure on listening but we mostly spend too little time thinking about what that really means. Listening is usually passive, in the sense that it…

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Crisis Leadership – Beyond Pants & Pencils

“This is a crisis. A large crisis. In fact, if you’ve got a moment, it’s a twelve-storey crisis with a magnificent entrance hall, carpeting throughout, 24-hour portage, and an enormous sign on the roof, saying ‘This Is a Large Crisis’. A large crisis requires a large plan. Get me two…

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Leadership & Belief (Part 1)

Boy on a high dive, Norman Rockwell, 1947 ‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right’. – Henry Ford   My wife should probably have been a vet. As a child it was what she had her heart set on and knowing her as I…

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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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