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Accidental Leadership – Unbundling the App

For most leaders the process of becoming a leader is accidental. You start a career…

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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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Call of Duty?

‘We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it’.  Baden-Powell   ‘Call of Duty’ is a well know computer game – at least to anyone with teenage boys. It’s a violent first-person shooter game that has sold well over 400…

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Freedom Inside Constraints

The Legendary Basketball coach John Wooden[1], would begin each new season by sitting down his new players and demonstrating to them how they were to tie the laces on their shoes.  Surely unnecessary? – These athletes had been playing the game for years. Wooden’s point, was that for many things…

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