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CTi or iTC…?

Which comes first the employees needs or the companies? Here are a couple of questions to kick us off from the context of being the employee. How many of you know what your company vision is? Its sense of why? What about its current mission? Now dig a little further, what about the chosen strategy to take[...]

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Hiring a mentor, I’d die first! Why do I need to hire a mentor?

‘I need to concentrate on reducing costs, increasing value or improving efficiency not get all touchy feely about business and certainly not having a mentor.’ I’ve heard this so many times. Business people across the globe hold those three Greek phrases close to their hearts. In a streamlined, cut down, lean and agile business model there’s no time for mentors. As a colleague would say:[...]

giving feedback to a colleague

Care personally and challenge directly!

Leadership and Giving Feedback: Giving Feedback: ‘You know, Kim, I can tell I'm not really getting through to you. I'm going to have to be clearer here. When you say um every third word, it makes you sound stupid.’ Do you give and receive guidance? Should you? Kim Scott is a coach for big companies like Twitter.[...]

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Leadership, Motivation and Pushmi-Pullyus

Leadership and how to become a better leader.   Do you remember the pushmi-pullyu? (pronounced "push-me—pull-you")   If you don’t let me remind you, it’s a character from Doctor Dolittle and is half gazelle and half unicorn. It’s defining characteristic is the fact it has two heads. There is one on each end and it[...]

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Why it could be time – ‘Interim Management’

Ever considered an interim manager? Perhaps it’s time   Certainly there are many benefits of considering hiring an interim manager. It’s an easy way to bring heavyweight experience into a company. This can be achieved in an economic and speedy fashion and there are a number of good reasons for pursuing such a concept.   Hiring[...]

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7 Key Things Leaders should do and be in a crisis

Leader in Crisis   No matter how squeaky clean your credentials appear to be it doesn’t take much for a leaders reputation to be questioned in a crisis. It certainly hasn’t taken long for Lord Coe OBE to be put under the microscope in the wake of the IAAF drugs scandal.  Here’s how Twitter reacted:[...]

procrastination

Procrastination – Why do leaders PROCRASTINATE?

Procrastination - Why do leaders procrastinate?   The temptation is to answer: ‘let me think about that and get back to you.’ But that wouldn’t be ideal. It’s certainly a question that’s asked often because hesitation can be very costly and have profound consequences for both leaders and businesses.   There is no time for[...]

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Difficulty with Leadership – It’s lonely at the top?

Sorry, No Sympathy Mourinho! It’s easy to think that financial rewards, status and all the trappings of leadership are an attractive compensation for being the one that carries the can. Who cares that leaders might be lonely?   The difficulty with leadership - Put your head above the parapet and you are a target Certainly,[...]

Humility BOSS

Humility – I’m the BOSS! That’s WHY!

‘Good enough’ is no longer good enough. Most gold standards are being overworked and overused. Business is almost always looking for something better. So, as a leader to find that additional ‘something’ that can elevate ‘good enough’ to outstanding, excellent, innovative and successful requires something special. How does a leader manage to combine that steadfast[...]

flywheel effect

The Flywheel Effect – Push, push, push –

Push, push, push. Is that the only way to create the flywheel effect? Imagine being a kid for a moment. One thing would set the hormones racing for all the wrong reasons. It’s not what you might be thinking. It’s the phrase: ‘Because I said so; that’s why.’   You know that was the answer to:[...]

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Are you following the sign posts?

We are all familiar with levels of attainment from school. You may have even come across Jim Collins’ (Good to Great) approach to the different levels of leadership. In this article, we’ll be concentrating on Level 5. After all, it’s worth knowing where we are headed even if we are at the beginning of the[...]