Change and the art of golf

I’ve recently started hitting golf balls again after a gap of ten years.  Reading Bounce by Matthew Syed helped convince me that talent is a misnomer and that it’s practice that counts. So when I was asked whether I played golf I said, despite all the evidence, that I did. And so I now find myself less than a month away from a corporate golf day. Golf has provided fertile ground from which ma...

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The quiet revolution

I've been thinking a great deal recently about leadership communications (in fact, I've been trying to write a book on the subject). Much of my attention has been focused on how communications in many organisations is still stuck in traditional one-dimensional mindsets. I've been writing about how the best organisations harness the power of social media techniques inside their operations. Not on...

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leadership communications

Good communications is a prerequisite for leadership. And so it can often come as a shock to leaders to find that most of their messaging seems to land on barren land. Take-up of internal communications can remain stubbornly low. When planning leadership communications it is not just the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ that are important. The first place to start is ‘why’. 1. Why do you want to ta...

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Anyone been listening to Radio 4's book of the week? Now is the Winter of our Disconnect is a light-hearted account of one family's attempt to live without all forms of electronic media. No Skype, Facebook, iPhones/pads/pods, and return to living in the RL (real world). It is worth dipping into. And if you thought that it was only a problem for the younger generation then count how many times y...

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Compromising at Work

There are few aspects of life that don’t involve making compromises.  Every part of our existence involves curtailing individual freedom or postponing desires in order to co-exist with others.  We happily obey rules that limit our personal liberty, such as driving on the left or paying taxes, in order to benefit from the security that a civilised society offers. Even those people who opt out ma...

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Heading for Brexit?

As the country heads inexorably towards an EU referendum, the polls show that most people can barely contain their indifference.  Despite this apathy, politicians and the media are running around talking loudly as if nothing else mattered.  So why is it that on something of seemingly such importance most people simply switch off.  To be fair, it’s not only on Europe that this is the case; inte...

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Wogan & me

The passing of well-loved celebrities is always marked not only by an outpouring of grief but also by an outpouring of newspaper copy. These panegyrics are often parodied in Private Eye with versions such as the “celebrity and me” and “how I taught the celebrity everything he knew” whereby the writer manages to place themselves at the centre of attention at the expense of the late-departed ...

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The Pursuit of Happiness

In my mid-teens I was given as a present the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.  I started to read at the beginning and worked my way up to letter C where I arrived at Churchill.  I was hugely enjoying reading his famous motivational and inspirational quotes when I read: “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”  This hit me hard.  Although it wasn’t what he me...

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Silo thinking, silo politics

  The UK General Election in May 2015 produced a result that few had expected.  One of the outcomes was the virtual disappearance of the LibDems.  At the time I predicted that it could mark the re-emergence of a new political force based on the original Social Democratic Party of the mid 1980’s (the fact that there are no signs of life to date is yet another example of my lack of prowess ...

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Sabotaging one’s own brilliance

In coaching, one of the most powerful tools is visualisation.  Often people find it relatively easy to explain what’s wrong with their current predicament but they struggle to define what good looks like for them.  Asking them to visualise their future state and look back at themselves from that viewpoint can help them to see that there are a variety of perfectly attainable other states.  But ...

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