Ann Frank, and the nature of humans

“What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.” These are the words of Anne Frank written in her wartime diary. What does this diary of a teen-age girl tell us about human nature? I enjoyed 4-days in the beautiful city of Amsterdam during a recent family

Read More…

Posted in News and Muse

Four Leadership Lessons on Trust from the Panama Papers Leak

‘After all this country has been through, how can he possibly pretend to lead Iceland’s resurrection from the financial crisis? He should go’. Such were the words of one of the 10,000 or so protestors who gathered outside the parliament building in Reykjavik this week to demand the resignation of

Read More…

Posted in News and Muse

Visualization – the power of imagery

Think of a time when you have felt at your most confident and most relaxed, close your eyes and imagine you are there. Visualization is an incredibly powerful tool and I would like to share a ‘career changing’ example from a recent coaching session. Visualization is about mental rehearsal or

Read More…

Posted in News and Muse

Eight reasons why trust is not as simple as delivering on your promises

There’s a lot more to trust than delivering on your promises. This much became clear when this week I shared a quote from one of my CEO interviews on social media. The quote was ‘Trustworthiness is about doing what you say you are going to do’. Quickly, readers jumped in

Read More…

Posted in News and Muse

Disruption – destructive and creative

Is disruption good or bad? Have you noticed that there is much written about disruptive leadership, disruptive thinking and disruptive coaching? All of these suggest that disruption is the new desired positive way of being. But as a child, I remember a maths teacher sending me to the head teacher’s

Read More…

Posted in News and Muse

Why kindness is both essential and irrelevant to modern leadership?

Some weeks ago there was a lively debate on the Harvard Business Review LinkedIn group as to whether people felt kindness was an important attribute of leadership. The debate drew some varied reactions, including the following comments:-

Posted in News and Muse