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  Daily Thoughts

March 3rd, 2021

It’s official: the single, magic bullet, that characterises good leadership is to back off

MY NEW BOOK – CAMINO: LEADERSHIP NOTES ON THE ROAD, AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER   A Daily Thought featured in Camino: […]

March 1st, 2021

‘Paths, not works’. A philosopher’s metaphor that explains well our leadership challenges.

CAMINO – LEADERSHIP NOTES ON THE ROAD NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER An extensive collection of my Daily Thoughts on leadership. […]

February 26th, 2021

Authentically Disruptive

Pope Francis has introduced disruption. The head of the 1.2 billion Catholic Church lives in a one bedroom apart-hotel, produces […]

February 24th, 2021

No milk, no honey, enjoy the journey

Taken from my new book Camino – Leadership Notes On The Road. ‘Nobody is ever a leader. Becoming one is […]

February 22nd, 2021

Three magic questions for leaders

Daily Thought taken from my new book Camino – Leadership Notes On The Road. Read preview extracts: Camino – Extract […]

February 19th, 2021

Good leaders are a bit like corporate anthropologists, without the six months in Tanzania

Good leaders are a bit like corporate anthropologists. In fact, we are all exotics on the payroll. In my idiosyncratic […]

February 17th, 2021

The organization’s collective self-belief is often hidden. Leaders need to hear the unsaid.

Taken from my forthcoming book: Camino – Leadership Notes On The Road. Read Extract Chapter 1 Part 2.    Some organizations or […]

February 15th, 2021

All teams with a ‘sell-by-date’

Taken from my forthcoming book: Camino – Leadership Notes On The Road. Read NEW extract Chapter 1 part 2   Imagine that […]

February 12th, 2021

‘The top leaders are not specific, they don’t tell us what they expect’. This is very good news.

Talking about leadership teams at the top, I often hear ‘they launch these words but they don’t give specifics’, or […]

February 10th, 2021

Leadership dialects: you are supposed to join a party, but don’t get an invitation

Taken from my forthcoming book: Camino – Leadership Notes On The Road. Read NEW extract Chapter 1 part 2   […]

February 8th, 2021

Leadership scaffolding. Let’s try this mental model

Leadership can be taught, of course, but not in the same way as teaching how to drive a car or […]

February 5th, 2021

Thought leadership is making people think, or there is not much thought or leadership. Maybe journalistic leadership?

Taken from my forthcoming book, Camino – Leadership Notes On The Road.   Download an extract of Chapter 1 here: Extract Camino […]

February 3rd, 2021

Leadership in organizations is about mobilizing people. The leader is a ‘Social Arsonist’

‘A good organizer is a social arsonist who goes around setting people on fire.’—Fred Ross Fred Ross (1910-1992) American community […]

February 1st, 2021

Bring ‘character’ back

We call it character assassination for a reason. It’s the ultimate attack. The attack to the uniqueness of an individual, […]

January 29th, 2021

‘Self, us and now’: the very old, uncomfortable trio for a modern look at leadership

Hillel the Elder, or ‘Rabbi’ Hillel, a Jewish leader who died in 10 CE, is remembered outside the Jewish tradition […]

January 27th, 2021

Your mental frame, as defined by words, will dictate your actions. Even your values. Words are dictators.

The purpose of the organization is… The objectives of the strategy are… The reason why we have restructured is… From […]

January 25th, 2021

‘I am the captain. We are on a collision course.’

Taken from my soon to be released book, Camino – Leadership Notes On The Road.    This is a great story […]

January 22nd, 2021

Corporate grammar could learn from Obama’s spelling guidelines

Taken from my soon to be released book, Camino – Leadership Notes On The Road  ‘This isn’t a period, it’s a […]

January 20th, 2021

The Tragedy of the Obvious

Taken from my soon to be released book, Camino – Leadership Notes On The Road    ‘A man was leading a […]

January 18th, 2021

If in doubt, make it personal

Taken from my soon to be released book, Camino – Leadership Notes On The Road    Invited to present at TEDx […]