Consistent Leadership. Aim to be a leader characterised by integrity.

In leadership roles, maintaining consistency across your intentions, speech, and actions is crucial. I loved the image below, shared by Brian Bacon on LinkedIn, highlighting the need to let integrity and consistency be the foundation of your influential power. Integrity stands as a stark contrast to duplicity, embodying the alignment between what you intend, say, […]

Watch: The Chinese Farmer Story

Good news? Bad news? who knows? I love this Chinese Farmer story, a perfect example of a rolling reframe. Not blind optimism or being unrealistic – just a knowledge that what seems to be real today might not be tomorrow. A great watch.

Audio: Red Friday – business leaders face peak ‘emotional overdraft’ 

Business owners and leaders are facing their toughest month of the year with a maxed out “emotional overdraft” according to leadership coach and author, Andy Brown. On top of the post-Christmas financial strain we all face, entrepreneurs are grappling with demanding clients in a hurry to catch up after the holiday, reduced capacity, peak staff […]

When ‘helping out’ isn’t helpful – insights for leaders

The language we use and the strategies we adopt hold significant weight for how effectively things get done. Never more so than when asking team members to ‘help you out’ on something that falls outside their usual scope of responsibility. Whilst writing The Emotional Overdraft and speaking to hundreds of leaders and founders about their […]

Watch: “We do no client work in December”

Josh explains that every December, boosst – a financial planning firm – consciously stops doing client work, instead reserving the month for internal reflection, planning, and team activities.

100 days to Christmas – a challenge that will energise your team

September 16th marks 100 days until Christmas. This isn’t one of those ‘bloody hell where did the year go’ articles – rather a reframe to say, “that’s three months during which we can really make a difference to our business” I’d like to challenge you and your team (as I have already challenged my own […]

Could there be a hidden cost line in your P&L

Sarah is in her annual P&L meeting. She’s running a high growth business and in the last 12 months, she’s not only made a healthy profit, she’s also a full year ahead on where she’d planned to be on her 5-year growth plan. Cue fanfare. From afar, we’d surely expect Sarah to be ecstatic. This […]

Flapping like a plastic bag in the wind

Not long ago I received a somewhat frantic text from a client. ‘I really need to chat’. I jumped on Zoom with him and his second in command, and as soon as you could say ‘audio connected’, he began to rattle off his concerns. ‘Work is slipping!’, he raged, ‘mistakes are being made!’, ‘the team […]

Trust is a truly virtuous circle

Trusting people (or not trusting them as the case may be) is a common trait among leaders. Often to do with assuming people can’t perform tasks competently without them, a lack of trust leads to constantly worrying about whether work is being done to your standards, juggling too many balls, working late every night, and […]