Measurement Lessons from The Oscars Chaos

The drama surrounding the announcement of the winner of the Oscar for Best Picture at the recent academy awards highlighted the need to ensure that we are focused on the right measures for the occasion. If the measure of the evening was whether the participants enjoyed the awards and will participate again next year (if […]

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How Ownership Changes Behaviour

Last week I put my car in for a service and was given a hire car for the day.  I haven’t got the most luxurious car in the world but the car I was given was definitely not a like for like exchange. Since you’re asking, I own an old Volvo C70 and what I […]

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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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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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6 Leadership Lessons From Inside Wellington’s Waterloo

After 200 years, there’s still much to be learnt about the Battle of Waterloo and how leadership principles still apply today. A lot has already been written about Napoleon and Wellington and their leadership qualities, but what about the exploits of some of the unsung heroes and lesser known facets that turned the battle? Both […]

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Are you Swimming with Sharks?

Two people, strangers to each other, were looking to change jobs.  They asked their contacts and coincidentally, identified the same company that for them, appeared to fit the bill.  Naturally they wanted to find out more about their prospective new employer and by chance, found the same person in the company who could answer their questions. Job hunter […]

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Nous Somme Charlie!

The brutal killings of several journalists in France last week remind us of one of the most important tenets of our society, that of freedom of speech.   As millions of people from across the world responded in a multitude of ways to the events that hit France; however, this also made me reflect upon its […]

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