March 17, 2018

If you've ever read Dickens' Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge then you're familiar with the tale of the mean, terrible overlord-boss who demands constant effort from those in his employ.

Scrooge is the ultimate micro-managing, unforgiving, all-seeing, hard-taskmaster...

August 21, 2015

Some years back when I was managing a portfolio I received an email from a client which caused me to react in a particularly negative way: to be blunt, I was pissed off.

My initial response was to assume negative intent on behalf of my client. My amygdala went straight...

August 1, 2015

As the closing sequences of the HBO Series "True Detective" play out, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey's character) utters what sounds to be a fairly inane sentence: 

"Well, once there was only dark. If you ask me, the light's winning."  

I've been thinking a lot about th...

July 30, 2015

"We must be silent before we can listen, we must listen before we can learn, we must learn before we can prepare, we must prepare before we can serve, we must serve before we can lead"

– William Arthur Ward

Diane Sawyer once said that over her career she had learnt that...

July 17, 2015

This past week I was fortunate enough to witness a number of situations which re-enforced my belief that leadership is about doing good, not looking good.

It's the difference between words & actions: talking the talk versus walking the walk!

What I came to understand thi...

June 20, 2015

Possibly the greatest political strategist of the last half-century, James Carville, coined the phrase "It's the economy, stupid" as a reminder to (then) Governor Bill Clinton (and his hundreds of supporters) of where he ought to focus his attention in his 1992 campaig...

May 9, 2015

Some years ago I witnessed a Senior Manager querying his direct reports on why their teams' performances were below expectations. The Senior Manager went on to ask his reports: 

"...don't your people get it?".

The Direct Reports replied with a variety of answers each of...

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