Leadership and transformation: It’s not what you think

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BALTIMORE TRAIN STATION — Harvard Business Review has a cover story about Apple founder Steve Jobs. THE REAL LEADERSHIP LESSONS OF STEVE JOBS The title is not capitalised like that, but it might as well be.  It screams from the news-stand. And maybe some people will … Read More

Leadership as a key skill for the future

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We have all had experiences of good and bad leaders, and know how important their role is.  The fact that leadership skills are important or that one’s line manager is the leader we usually trust the most is nothing new.  But we now have statistics linking … Read More

Business, politics and football

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SOUTH KEN — The win seems easily in hand.  It will be more of a TKO than a real back-slapping, headline-grabbing, crowd-pleasing victory.  But that’s okay. And then the player kind of clumsily sits down and then leans forward and back… and falls down. Suddenly the … Read More

2012: A year of change

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MARYLEBONE — This year is a big year of change. In technology, in the world economy, the world of sport, even in the way all our countries are run.  There are elections in America, France, India… What is more significant in a country than a change … Read More

Communications Directors in distress

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LONDON — Last night’s black-tie film premiere was a great chance to catch up with some people in the business.  There were too many people to talk to properly, unfortunately.  But some conversations I’ve been mulling over in my sleep. Quite a few senior people working … Read More

Providers of executive education

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LONDON — I’ve just been reading about a company that offers “custom executive education” and does so very successfully around the world. It’s an interesting business.  We were talking to the good people at BraveNewTalent about the subject yesterday. How do companies get talented people to … Read More

“I don’t want to go to school…”

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CROMWELL ROAD — There was a little girl with her dad on the bus today.  She cried the whole trip. “I don’t like the teachers…!  I don’t want to go…!  I want my MOMMY…!!”  That kind of crying that is so deep and, after a while, … Read More

Conspiracy theories are nuts, right? (Not at work.)

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LONDON — It’s fair to say that people who are deeply suspicious of… everything… have had a banner week. The President of the United States of America released his birth certificate.  Why? Friday’s Royal Wedding was staged to get a FIFA vote for a UK World … Read More

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