Making your values specific

Too often leaders use financial or numerical goals to motivate people. They feel comfortable in this environment. Too often employees say they don’t get out of bed in the morning to achieve financial objectives. They come to work and want to be inspired by doing something important, something that makes a difference. A strong mission

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Summer Recommended Reading List

Here is our selection of summer business books, to help you to plan and re- energise for the next part of the year: Beyond Performance; by McKinsey consultants Scott Keller and Colin Price. Drawing on extensive research and the knowledge of an amazing group of leaders; Keller and Price address change programmes, why they are hard to sustain

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Are you leading by example?

Are you giving your employees the confidence to become leaders and innovators in your business, or are you limiting their beliefs? Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad in Competing For the Future, describe just how easy it is to develop self limiting beliefs. Four monkeys sit in a cage that has a bunch of bananas hanging from the

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Communicate, communicate, and then do it again

A leader without followers is just going for a walk. He or she doesn’t operate in a vacuum. He is leading a project, a mission – a challenge. He needs to carefully plan the mission, what the organisation is trying to achieve. And then he has to communicate to everyone involved in the mission what he

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Let’s make a difference the easy way…

I have an abhorrence of phrases like ‘corporate social responsibility’, that take a way or a style of living that should be integral to the lives of all of us and even more so to the companies and organisations that we work for, and turn it into meaningless corporate speak that should be undertaken for

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Meetings can quickly become just another source of bureaucracy

Meetings can quickly become just another source of bureaucracy and stifle your success There are some people in organisations who are excellent at meetings. They are often very eloquent, usually very diplomatic and they come across as being the best friend to everyone. You wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings. But rarely are these the

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A cheap employee is, a cheap employee

As the whole of the retail sector will attest to, in the current marketplace, Darwin’s theory of evolution has never been more keenly observed. Strolling down the high-street, the windows feature a myriad of brightly coloured discount signs, retailers pleading with consumers to buy their margin squeezed goods over the margin squeezed goods of their

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The Role of the Entrepreneur

Conservative estimates state that over 400 million people in 54 countries are actively engaged in entrepreneurship- (loosely defined as starting and running new businesses). This figure doesn’t include the (potentially) hundreds of millions more engaged in forms of pseudo-entrepreneurship in science, medicine and politics- their contributions no-less important to our society’s economic, social and intellectual

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Four Lessons From the Best Bosses I Ever Had

By Deborah Mills-Scofield My first boss at Bell Labs had a habit of yelling. While he was an equal-opportunity yeller, when he shouted at me in my first department meeting, I got up, told him when he wanted to talk, not yell, I’d be in my office and walked out. I was 20 years old, just out of

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