How Well Are You Prepared for Your Career Lift-off?

Today (Dec 14th 2015) will mark the first journey by a British astronaut (Tim Peake) to the international space station as a member of the European Space agency, beating over 8,000 other elite applicants from across Europe for one of the six places on the ESA’s astronaut training programme. The selection process included academic tests, […]

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Portraits of Leadership

I was recently watching a programme on Sky Arts about how an artist captures their subject.  Sue Johnston was the subject in question and as part of the process, artist Christian Hook went to see her in character at a local theatre.  Sue read from a script she was learning, taking on the accent and […]

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Co-workers in a Disruptive Enterprise

Last night saw the start of the London six-day cycle race at the Olympic Velodrome. For long term cycling fans, an exciting return to the UK since 1980 when Wembley last hosted the Skol 6 race on a purpose built track just 160 metres long. It’s only in recent years of course that the sport […]

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An Unlikely Lesson in Empowerment

A couple of weeks ago I was camping at Durdle Door in Dorset. Britain’s Jurassic coast is a beautiful part of the country and a wonderful place to go walking. Good job I had my waterproofs as the South Coast had its fair share of wet weather that week. Rain I was prepared for, as […]

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How to turn Failure into Success

6am Saturday morning and with my three team mates – Dean, Dave and Barbara, I’m on the starting line in Skipton.  Along with 220 other teams, we’re all set for a 100 kilometre, non-stop hike around the Yorkshire Dales.  We are ready.  All our preparations have gone to plan. We are excited and feeling positive.  Little […]

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Moving out and taking charge

Whilst on a call with my colleagues yesterday, we were discussing our “Take Charge” program, just after I had explained that I would be away for a week because our son is moving out of home!   It suddenly struck me that I had been unconsciously teaching our son to “Take Charge” of his career. […]

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Finding the way through complexity and ambiguity

Recently I was working with a leader who was doing his best in challenging circumstances, but feeling under pressure because of lack of clarity as to what was really expected of him. He knew the big picture, but in the detail things were unclear, making it difficult for him to pick his way through the […]

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