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A 3 Minute Guide to Strategy

Strategy is too often taken to mean no more than a plan – how I…

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Why your Ethos is Awesome but your Culture Sucks

Living up to your ethos is not easy. As a leader in the military I learned that getting the right culture takes leadership. A lesson the army has had to relearn itself in recent years as high profile failures such as the bullying of recruits at Deepcut and the mistreatment…

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Why Anticipation Matters in High Performance Teams

Recently I was lucky enough to do some work with the Performance staff of one of team GB’s elite athlete programmes. One of the lessons that really struck me over the course of several days was the importance of anticipation in elite performance and its role in developing high performance…

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3 Reasons Good Manners are Killing Performance

Most of you like me were no doubt taught from a very early age the importance of manners. These protocols shape our behaviour towards one another and these considerations of others help to shape our communal society. Anyone with small children will know how unnatural many of these behaviours are…

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Why Loyalty Often Means Disagreeing with the Boss

Loyalty is highly prized both by leaders and organisations, but usually for the wrong reasons and here’s why. Too often loyalty as a characteristic is taken to mean agreement and compliance. In other words, ‘to support this leader and this organisation I must agree with them and their decisions’. There…

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3 Reasons to Put Humility at the Heart of your Leadership

It may not at first be obvious why humility should be taken as a prerequisite quality for effective leadership. It is a challenging concept for many of us bought up in a society that esteems and champions the role of the individual almost above all else. The word can have…

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5 Things You Should Know about High Performance Teams

High performance teams are defined by their ability to get results – consistently and against the odds. Lots of ambitious organisations and business aspire to create high performance teams because of the competitive advantage they generate – which translates directly to the bottom line! Here are 5 characteristics worth thinking…

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