Set up red team. Here’s why…

The Concept of a ‘red team’ is essentially a group tasked with a singular, intriguing mission: to design a hypothetical competitor capable of outperforming or even obliterating the current organisation.

Side with the person, not the problem. Three pivot types of feedback and how to deliver them

Anyone who knows me will also know I’m passionate about the potential delivering feedback has for enhancing personal growth and building a culture of continuous improvement. When you approach feedback with empathy and a deliberate, constructive mindset, enabling individuals and teams to thrive in challenging environments becomes second nature, and it can work wonders. Recently […]

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.

The Meeting Effectiveness Diary – an exercise

I’m stating the obvious when I say that most leaders and founders find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of meetings crowding their schedules. Often hitting ‘accept’ simply because that chunk of time isn’t currently filled with something else. And yet, time is our most precious commodity, bar none. Are you attending because you don’t […]

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 […]