Entries Tagged as 'Leadership'

The responsibility of Leading

August 4th, 2019 · No Comments · Culture, Leadership, Personal Development

I am reading a biography of John Adams, a leading figure during the American war of Independence, one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence and the second president of the United States. I must admit to being a fan of this period of American history, I find it quite extraordinary the quality of […]

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Diversity and Goodwill

July 27th, 2019 · No Comments · Leadership, Organizational Culture

About a week ago American social psychologist and Professor of ethical Leadership at New York University, Jonathan Haidt held two public lectures in Sydney and Melbourne. In Haidt’s most recent book ,The Coddling of the American Mind,published in 2018, he expresses great concerns over the lack of trust between groups with different opinions or world […]

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The Arrogance Trap

July 19th, 2019 · No Comments · Leadership

Yesterday, while working out at the gym, I got into an interesting conversation with the owner who, as well as the gym, has a great practice as a personal trainer and as a health consultant to a lot of corporations. Anthony has a degree in Physiology from Sydney University so is not your typical gym […]

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Getting to the important stuff

June 28th, 2019 · No Comments · Leadership

Knowing how to manage your time seems like a skill that only junior managers would need to learn how to master. And yet, again and again I work with senior clients who are spending too much time on activities that are not creating long term value. Important but not Urgent Covey’s work back in the […]

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Connecting with your stakeholders

June 14th, 2019 · No Comments · Leadership

In today’s organisations most of leadership is not exercised through hierarchical structures but rather through a complex network of relationships. Results are obtained by getting a diverse group of people to collaborate with you. I am constantly surprised by the number of my clients who don’t really understand this and who have therefore not developed […]

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Question Like Socrates

June 5th, 2019 · No Comments · Leadership

Two weeks ago, the Labor Party lost the Australian elections. The polls got it wrong, as did many of the Labor politicians and their voters who expected a clear victory. No doubt the party had been brave in the clear transmission of their policies, but it would seem that they misjudged the nature of the […]

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Lead like Roosevelt

April 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · Leadership

Many people rate Roosevelt the greatest leader of the 20th Century. What made him so great. There are many answers to this questions but let me tell you about just one of them. In Michael Fullilove’s great book, Rendezvous With Destiny, he tells the story how Roosevelt thought out of the box in order to […]

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How to live in reality

April 12th, 2016 · No Comments · Leadership

The recent terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris and the disturbances on New Year’s Eve in Cologne show that there are real problems in Europe around the integration of their immigrants. Many Europeans have a romantic view of their past in which they long for a time in which everyone in their countries lived together […]

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How to be consistent when defending your company’s values

March 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Leadership

At the moment I am reading Antony Beevor’s great book about the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. One of the things I like about Beevor’s books is that not only does he research official government and army records but also uses letters from the front line soldiers so that the reader experiences […]

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Nothing lasts forever, and what to do about it

March 19th, 2015 · 5 Comments · Leadership

A few days ago I went to visit my favourite café in Madrid where I had lived for twenty-five years. I returned to live in Sydney three years ago but I still miss those great “tostadas” and “Cafés con leche”. As I approached the café I was surprised to see that it was all dark […]

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