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I Promise I Can Make You Smile – Leadership & Belief (Part 2)

‘Beliefs are a special category of information that fundamentally shape our expectations, behaviour & performance’.…

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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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When to Press & When to Rest?

I’ve been thinking a lot about growth and repair recently. Partly as I recently fell out of a tree and broke my wrist and am now at the start of the rehab and partly as I am talking to a number of teams and organisations whose primary feeling is exhaustion.…

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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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Leadership Excellence = Getting Past Good Enough

An impossibly large number of people think they are above average drivers. Most students assess themselves as better than average and a study of college professors found that ninety percent of them thought they were above average teachers. No doubt, most leaders would assess themselves as above average too. These…

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Chicken-liken vs. the little engine that could
Chicken-Liken vs The Little Engine That Could

by lynkalogirou   It is not that often that I take inspiration from Children’s literature but as I was recently reminded, ‘if you want new ideas, read old books[1].’ The story of Chicken Liken comes from a very old book and certainly pre-dates any attempts to record it in print. It…

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