Leadership

Leadership lessons: what can we learn from Carillion and others like them?

Carillion is one of the biggest corporate collapses the UK has seen.  It has created grave knock-on effects amongst employees, investors and those reliant on the services the group provides. As the media dust settles, the real recriminations are only just beginning: politicians debating the merits of the public-private partnership (PPP) and private finance initiative…

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Leicester’s Leadership Lessons

So the unthinkable has happened. A new, non-“big four” club has won the Premiership finally. And (as a Sunderland fan – apologies), what a great thing that is. But what leadership lessons can we learn from how Claudio Ranieri has achieved such an amazing feat? Here are four we have picked up in observing his…

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The leadership challenges for Mark Carney

Each morning, I walk past the “Old Lady Of Threadneedle Street” to our offices just next to the Bank of England.  While it’s always a beautiful and impressive edifice to pass, this morning it seemed a little more poignant.  As Mark Carney arrives for his first day at work, he will face a number of…

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Valuable leadership lessons from the Thatcher era

Rarely has the death of a politician created such a polarised reaction. In the immediate few hours since Margaret Thatcher died, Twitter has had everything. From The Economist’s “One of only a handful of peace-time politicians who can claim to have changed the world” to Frankie Boyle’s “Finally, I get to wear my black suit…

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The fears and focuses of CEOs: three key trends

CEOs have a lot to fear and even more to focus on in the current economic climate. As a recent PWC CEO survey shows, confidence at the top of businesses is growing but only slowly and with a heavy pinch of caution. Their recent data (based on interviewing over 1,300 CEOs across 68 countries) finds…

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Leading a change programme? Coaching a leader?

Top Business Psychology Models – Stefan Cantore and Jonathan Passmore Free of jargon this great little book is a must read for anyone seeking to transform behaviours in the work place to improve performance. Cantore and Passmore walk you through the top 50 most useful theories including pithy chapters on: Emotional Intelligence, How to create…

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Re-building trust in leadership

Trust in leadership is at an all-time low: wherever you look. The recent 2013 Edelman “TrustBarometer” shows that fewer than one-in-five respondents believe a business or governmental leader will actually tell the truth when confronted with a difficult issue. And it’s not surprising, the past few years have seen one high profile scandal after another…

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Turning a tanker on a sixpence

Last week, Barclays CEO, Antony Jenkins told all 139,000 employees that if they couldn’t fully buy-in to his approach that links performance measurement with the company’s values then they should leave. In his letter sent out 17th January, he also went on to say that senior bankers would be measured against the new approach from…

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Collaboration relies on the self-aware leader

Speaking at the HR Directors Business Summit in Birmingham yesterday on the theme of collaborative leadership, we talked about the emphasis on leadership that is inclusive, involving and trusting. The point being that to build a culture where people create new value by harnessing their collective brains and knowledge, an authentic, self-aware leader is critical…

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