Category: Leadership

Energy to change? Six hurdles to jump

The UK energy market has been coming in for a lot of criticism in the last few weeks because although wholesale gas prices have fallen a third since their peak at the end of 2013, the best big six price reduction has been 5% (British Gas and npower). The press and MP’s have criticised the …

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5 keys to shock and awe

The initial strategy in the Iraq 2003 invasion was described as ‘shock and awe’ (apparently technically it is called ‘rapid dominance’). The aim is to “overload an adversary’s perceptions and understanding of events such that the enemy would be incapable of resistance”. It is a strategy to prompt a sharp change in behaviour. It is …

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Leaders – different from followers?

Mae West had a great repertoire of one-liners. One of my favourites is one that I am frequently reminded of when I hear some political and business leaders speak: “That’s enough about me. Let’s talk about you. What do you think of me?” There is real danger inherent in the leadership position that sadly we …

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Leading well: 4 critical behaviours?

Few people would argue against the importance of leaders in effective organisations. Similarly most see them as vital in helping organisations through change. We recognise that where leadership is missing or misaligned, things do not go well. As a result, leadership has been high on the curriculum for management analysis and development for many decades. …

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Gaza – lots of heat, no light

As we enter the third week of the latest Israeli assault on Gaza and the bloodshed rises to over 1400 civilians on the Palestinian side, you wonder whether it can only be the horrified stadium of global observers who are asking how the assault can possibly help secure any real change. The Israelis say that …

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