It can only get better …

What is one of the biggest problems of anybody leading change? If you have tried it even once, I imagine you will say: “The other people involved.” It can seem like resistance to change is normal. As a result, many of us avoid dealing with these stakeholders. “They will only cause trouble.” This can make matters […]

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An Investment in Hope

I was honoured to be invited on Saturday to the launch of the British Antarctic Survey’s Sir David Attenborough. Although for me this meant a 14-hour return drive, it was worth it. The launch was a historic milestone and a significant move towards a safer world. Quite apart from that, the launch itself was quite […]

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Transparency and Vulnerability

In my last post, I began to explore radical transparency from a the example of a client organisation. To lead transparently generates trust. This kind of leadership shows up before people with integrity. Lead transparently and you generate trust. Click to Tweet However, a lot of leaders baulk at precisely this invitation to transparency. It […]

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The Power of Radical Transparency

One the delegates on a Change Management Practitioner I led shared with us a remarkable initiative within her organisation, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, the regional police force for that part of England.  What follows is with the kind permission of the Constabulary.Rumour Mill is, in essence, very simple. It is an intranet discussion board, where anyone can post […]

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Breakthough on the Journey

If we are to make an impact with our work, it almost always involves bringing others along with us. Click to Tweet I believe that we tend to limit ourselves when we think about what we can achieve. Most of us have this tendency rather than the opposite: being over-ambitious. I’ve been sharing some work […]

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Colin and the Fawlty Mindset

Some years ago we conducted some research into high performers in project management, and one of the outstanding differences between them and the control group was a significant behaviour we called Leaning to People. The high performers seemed to get their results because they gave time to the critical relationships around themselves.  This behaviour was an […]

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Why Training will NOT make You Oustanding

In my post last week, I wrote about a particular leadership skill – some would say the critical leadership skill – that of engaging and influencing people well. I looked at how the wrong mindset can get in the way, or even overlook people engagement as anything important. But there is another problem in our developing […]

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The Power of Engaging with a Visual Narrative

When we were colleagues in the same company, I remember dropping by one of Richard Rose’s qualification courses on AgilePM©. And I saw the diagram above drawn on a flipchart. I’ve seen this before and I’ve noted the way he does it.Richard tells a story as he draws what is a key diagram for AgilePM.And […]

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Never enough time? It that really your problem?

I was talking with one of my clients the other day, and as I asked how he was doing, he replied with an ironic smile, “Never enough time, Patrick.” “Never enough time.” This cliché rolls off the tongue too quickly when we describe the state of overwhelm.  But what we say matters. What we say can often […]

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