It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top

It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top

The Oscar-winning movie, “The King’s Speech” includes a striking conversation between King George VI and his speech therapist, who comments “That’s what friends are for”. The King responds: “I wouldn’t know”. This is an extreme example of feeling lonely at the top but...
Shouting quietly

Shouting quietly

Introverts are not often associated with being great leaders. Either given a hard time in the press for keeping a low profile or completely overlooked by the media, we don’t hear about many in leadership positions because they often shy away from blowing their own...
Getting the best out of employees without facing burnout

Getting the best out of employees without facing burnout

Burnout was the buzzword of last year but unfortunately, it’s showing no signs of disappearing. With an estimated 70 million sick days taken each year, mental health is the leading cause of absence from work. We’re stuck in a generation of “yes, I can’s”, with those...
Removing limiting factors – thinking differently

Removing limiting factors – thinking differently

What’s holding you back right now from achieving your goals? Often, we look to justify the roadblock by needing to apportion blame on other external circumstances outside of our influence. The struggling economy, downturn in spending, lows in consumer confidence...
How feedback can improve your management skills

How feedback can improve your management skills

Using feedback correctly can be a powerful tool in the manager’s toolbox leading to improved performance of both the manager and the team. Get it right and the rewards can be transformational, get it wrong and it can be a disaster leading to demotivation, frustration,...
Taking leadership to the next level

Taking leadership to the next level

What is it that makes a great leader? How can I become a more effective leader? What are the key steps that will take my leadership skills to the next level? Even with unlimited access to global intelligence practically whenever we want and wherever we are, perhaps we...
The power of pure attention

The power of pure attention

The power and value of pure attention are often undervalued, at best we convince ourselves that we are being attentive when in fact we are missing the hidden treasure that will transform our lives, our relationships, our teams and our businesses. In her book ‘Time to...
What makes someone an expert?

What makes someone an expert?

It seems no one would question that Andy Murray is pretty good at his job, and if you wanted to learn a thing or two about being a quality tennis player, then being trained by someone who has literally been there, worn the T-shirt and got the results to prove it would...
Improving performance

Improving performance

At the start of 2016 we had seen news headlines, which may have sent alarm bells ringing across businesses and individuals alike. Suggestions that this could be the year when the world tumbles back into economic crisis were fuelled by share prices plunging, oil prices...