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Humanising the Enemy

My wife and I are working our way through seasons 1 and 2 of the TV drama series Madam Secretary.  In the episode we just watched, a compromising photograph of the heroine’s young adult daughter, Stevie, has been leaked.  [Spoiler alert!] Very quickly, the photograph is traced to a former secret serviceman who is now […]

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Searching for (Project) Success

You are leading a new project, a new initiative, a new change, and you are explaining that to someone whom you need to help you. You expect them to welcome your new future with open arms.
Instead, their reaction surprises you, and maybe even hurts a little.

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Surprised by their reaction?

You are leading a new project, a new initiative, a new change, and you are explaining that to someone whom you need to help you. You expect them to welcome your new future with open arms.
Instead, their reaction surprises you, and maybe even hurts a little.

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Coffee Opportunities

I was in a client meeting with a colleague recently and the client complained of it taking him five weeks(!) to arrange a meeting with his line manager to talk about feedback as part of his senior leadership development. My colleague suggested that a formal meeting comes with its own baggage. A meeting has to […]

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When You Come Before the Powerful

What do you do when you are asked to meet a powerful person? What would you do if you invited to see a president, or a king, or a prime minister? You might think, “That would never happen.”  But what if it did. What if you were five a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? How would you prepare […]

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I felt hope draining out of the room

It was a defining moment in the workshop. We had reached a crunch point, and hope in the room that we could get through this was fading.  I was running a two-day workshop with about fifty engineers and scientists, discussing the handover from their prime supplier.  It was a complex, multi-million dollar project. The problem […]

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Seeing through the mask

Leading in a transparent way generates trust. Transparency lives before people with integrity.  But transparency is what a lot of so-called leaders shun. Transparency is a vulnerable place, and for some, that is too dangerous. They would rather hide. Either behind unnecessary secrecy, using information as a weapon, or behind a mask.  The problem is […]

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Whatever you do, do it with all your heart

I came across this quote recently via Bernadette Jiwa on her blog, The Story of Telling: ;In the past jobs were about muscles, now they’re about brains, but in future, they’ll be about the heart.” It comes from Minouche Shafik, the Director of the London School of Economics. I love the quote because it is…

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The Access Paradox

Open-plan offices seem to be very popular. Part of the rationale for open-plan offices is that they aid teamwork and communications. It’s surprising, then, how many people who work in them, dislike them. Recently I was reviewing the work of an audit into a department where all its members work in a single open-plan office. […]

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Everybody wins

I felt like I had stepped into another world … and in several ways, I had. Here I was, with my adult son, Ben, visiting us from Los Angeles, and both of us, albeit strangers, were being honoured and celebrated by strangers. We had come to Princes Park, the home of Dartford Football Club. Dartford […]