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Self-Awareness

Ambiguity in a VUCA World

I am very proud of my daughter, Sarah. She has made a name for herself in the very male-dominated world of historic building restoration and ornamental plastering. She uses all her skills as a sculptress and has developed a keen eye for the health of historic buildings. I was walking with her recently through the […]

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Leaning to Action Leaning to People Positive Outliers Resilient Hope Writing

The Dual Mindset of an Entrepreneur

At the weekend I came across this gem of a video posted over six years ago. Marten Mikos, the then-CEO of MySQL who sold the company to SUN Microsystems for $1 billion, gives a candid short interview during the Innovate! conference in Zaragoza, Spain, about his key learnings as an entrepreneur. It’s a nine-minute masterclass: […]

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Leaning to People

Can I ask you a question?

As I was writing my last book Practical People Engagement, I came across Daniel Pink’s To Sell is Human. I’m so glad I did. I find Daniel Pink is one of those communicators who does much of the heavy lifting for us across the social sciences, in particular in the fields of cognitive psychology. He communicates effortlessly […]

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Leaning to People

One Leader Does It All?

We all know engaging the people involved or affected by a change is the right thing to do. However, this is done far less than it should.

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Self-Awareness

Who do you think you are? Be Unique

One of the key chapters in my forthcoming book, Leading Yourself: Succeeding from the Inside Out, is on Identity, the whole matter of how we see ourselves, our make-up and how we come to be unique. I believe this is pivotal because out of our own self-identity comes so much of what we do and how […]

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Leaning to People

The Road to Damascus Engagement Strategy

One of the delegates on one of my recent Agile workshops, who came from the Health Sector, spoke of her finding one of the most techno-phobic clinicians. So she decided to appoint him as her business ambassador. ! Initially, this seemed to me like asking Basil Fawlty to lead a customer care programme. She said […]

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Resilient Hope

Do you have a leaning to be negative?

At the BCS Business Change SIG last night in London, we had a great conversation. I expected we would, but I wasn’t sure what turn it would take. But isn’t that the way of all great conversations? We were exploring the concept of Resilient Hope. In the discussion following my presentation, one person mentioned he’d […]

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Leaning to People

Dealing with Difficult People?

Do we deal with difficult people? Are people themselves the problem? Maybe that is the wrong mindset.

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Leaning to Action Resilient Hope

Has your change got a hope?

Have you ever found yourself influencing people to change and found that there was more than a lack of motivation, there was a lack of belief in the proposed change? Next week I’m speaking at the BCS Business Change SIG in London to this title. I’ve discovered a real power in hope when it is […]

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Positive Outliers

In Praise of Public Servants

Someone once said that life was like learning to play the piano in a public concert. I think I know what they mean. We all feel vulnerable when we make mistakes. Nobody likes being seen making a mistake. So we try to do this secretly, don’t we? When it comes to the area of project […]