Teams are the beating heart

I’ve come to the conclusion that organisations are really just a collection of teams, and successful organisations a collection of successful teams. It could be the ‘leadership team’ or a product teams, or a software team or an event team. At every level and in every way, the success is delivered by teams. It’s teams […] Read More…

Are you listening actively?

Leaders and managers are often encouraged to practice ‘active listening’ in order to build their emotional intelligence, get a greater understanding the people they are working with and be better at leading and managing them. It’s a key part of coaching, too, which is something else leaders and managers are being encouraged to do.  The […] Read More…

Leadership is not a thing

If I ask you to explain what leadership is, it sounds like a simple question, doesn’t it? Go on, then. Answer it. You’ll probably start to think about leaders that you have worked with, the people who led the organisation that you have worked in, or with. Perhaps you’ll think of iconic political leaders like […] Read More…

Your happy isn’t my happy

Sometimes you hear something that is so obvious you wonder what planet you’ve been on all your life not to have realised this yourself.  I recently read an interview with Professor Jochen Menges, in which he talked about this thing he has called ‘Emotional Diversity’. As he explained it, “ ‘Happy’ means different things to […] Read More…

The rules of business are shifting

Did you notice the shift beginning? It’s like the first crack in the ice-shelf that begins the process that leads eventually to the collapse into the sea. A loud noise rents the air but nothings seems to have happened. The only trace is a small fissure. You wondered if anything happened at all. On August […] Read More…

What’s your problem?

There are five steps to solving a problem and most people don’t manage to take the first one. That’s why they get stuck in the same situation, because they are failing to address and solve their problems. You see, the first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge that you have the problem in […] Read More…

The two-edged sword of tech

We all know that technology is transforming the world of work, in terms of where, when, how we work, the type of work we do and the way that we are organised to do work. This change is profound but is it a positive or negative? Technology is, in itself, neutral. It’s how we choose […] Read More…