Fairy dust is not enough

There are few better ways to spend time than listening to extraordinary people in conversation and if you haven’t watched it yet, Pretend it’s a City is wonderful. It’s basically Martin Scorcese chatting with Fran Leibowitz and it’s a beautiful, funny, enlightening and thought-provoking series of conversations. In one episode,…
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What if you just surrendered?

Being on a team can be hard. Being on a proper team is really hard, which is why most people have never had that experience. The real reason why it’s hard is seldom discussed and definitely isn’t solved by doing ridiculous team building activities. Otherwise all you’d have to do…
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Most people haven’t been on a proper team

Calling something high performance, doesn’t make it high performance. Be really clear on what you need. Leaders say they want high performance teams however, “performance” is a word that’s widely misused and therefore widely misunderstood. People often label things “high performance” that aren’t and until there’s complete clarity over the…
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Change and uncertainty – your favourite conditions

Leaders. Now is the time. The people you have the privilege and responsibility of leading need you. This is a leadership moment like we haven’t seen in a long time. Rapid change, uncertainty where it’s all headed and when conditions will return to what we call normal. There’s lots of…
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Caster and the absurdity of putting people in boxes

A leader I work with recently told me a story about a conversation that took place while he was doing his MBA. The lecturer asked the students to come up with a creative question involving cardboard boxes (yes, I know). One particular student said he had one. “Go on” said…
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Brand introduction – PlanetK2

I was listening to an interview with Jeff Bridges the other day and he said “cynics are usually crushed romantics”. I think that’s gorgeous and I like the idea. It suggests hope and a way forward. Because if there’s one thing that we know from all our work at PlanetK2…
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Pause for leadership

As I’ve written many times over recent years, one of the privileges of doing this job is that I get to sit down and chat with leaders from different businesses, in different sectors and with different challenges and opportunities ahead of them. There’s nothing new there. As an inevitable part…
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We like this…

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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From shuffling to spirited running

I was out running today - well I say running, it's more a form of shuffling along where at certain points both feet are off the ground so it qualifies as running from a technical perspective...anyway, it was feeling tough and then I met someone I knew who was cycling…
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