Start from Yourself and Work Outward I’d started my early career as a sports coach and knew how to get people into the winners’ circle. I’d trained and developed corporate people for over 20 years. I had worked in some of the best professional education centres in the world. I’d moved people from the status quo to...Read more
Say Yes and Push Through For those who have been following me for a while now, you would be familiar with the 80% wall concept. That on a career continuum we parallel the experiences of elite athletes. We hit a wall, it hurts and very few of us break through that wall to run that final...Read more
“All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances. And one man in his time plays many parts”. This famous Shakespeare quote comes front of mind for me at the moment and has done for...Read more
Humility – an essential ingredient for modern leaders As I continue to go out into the world and discuss the essential capabilities that modern leaders must have if they and their organisations expect to be successful in the 21st century and as I continue to discuss the traps...Read more
‘Of course it is happening inside your head – but why on earth should that mean it is not real’? – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K RowlingOprah Winfrey once commented that the greatest thing Harry Potter has given the world is the freedom to use our imaginations. Very few people, whether...
It was probably no accident that we celebrated our son’s 18th birthday on Saturday night and I had the wonderful opportunity to reflect on all the amazing things that had gone into that moment when his friends celebrated his enormous capacity to love and life was always just that little bit better for them when...Read more
How could I resist an offer of a four-day walking adventure through Scotland with my daughter? I couldn’t, so I did. This is not a story about our holiday though. This is a story about the importance of context and the importance of as a modern leader, knowing your context. There are complex things happening in...Read more
I took a deep breath at Kings Cross and settled back in to the comfortable seat of the Virgin East Coast train. I was looking forward to arriving in Edinburgh but more importantly I was looking forward to experiencing the rolling hills of the countryside outside my window and of course the Virgin travel experience...Read more