Leadership

A manager by any other name…

I came across yet another article this morning arguing the difference between management and leadership.  This one was called Ten Signs your Boss is a Manager — but not a Leader. It suggests that managers watch people to make sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing, and continues: “The concept of traditional supervision is … Continued

Time to get really angry

People who don’t really know me might be surprised at what a seething mass of anger boils beneath this hugely tolerant exterior. All sorts of things get me going, but most of the time I keep a lid on it and only those closest to me realise that not everything’s as calm as it seems. And … Continued

Are you a Moss Piglet?

There seem to be quite a few TED talks available on the subject of resilience. This in itself is an interesting indication of what working life must be like for many people these days: if so many speakers dedicate time and effort discussing the ability to cope with extreme pressure and bounce back, it must surely be something … Continued

Influential leadership: how many habits does it take?

What made you open this post? Anyone like me who regularly writes a blog is always interested in that question. One of the factors that undeniably influences people is a catchy title, preferably one that addresses a problem. I quite like posing questions, while others go for the numeric option such as 7 ways to unclog a toilet or 4 steps … Continued

Trust at work

Having completed my planned series on wisdom, courage and compassion at work, a conversation on LinkedIn prompted a new member of the collection (who knows, this series may run and run). I’ve long been a fan of Patrick Lencioni’s leadership fable, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.  In this short engaging book, Lencioni reveals five … Continued

Compassion at work

Making tough decisions is an unavoidable part of being a manager. It takes courage to cut staff, to tackle poor performance or to kill a much loved but no longer viable project. But that doesn’t mean you have to become toughened and uncaring about the people involved. There’s absolutely no reason that courageous decisions cannot be … Continued

Courage at work

I’ve seen a lot of managers driven by fear at work. Fear of doing the wrong thing, fear of getting into trouble, fear of being judged and found wanting, fear that one of their team will outperform them, fear of conflict, fear of ending up at an employment tribunal, fear of losing their job. The … Continued

Wisdom at work

According to Confucius, wisdom, courage and compassion are the three universally recognised moral qualities of men. They’re also regarded as key elements of Buddhahood. But where do they fit into management? While it might seem obvious that managers need all three, we tend to be reluctant to use this kind of language at work as … Continued

Why am I here?

Don’t worry I’m not having an existential crisis – it’s far too early in the day for that. I recently read a discussion on an HR forum about the problems of retaining staff in a small business where promotion prospects are slim. My initial reaction was ‘well tough, you can’t’. Let’s face it, if an … Continued

Credibility: 3 articles and a TED talk

Newsletter – 29th July 2016 With recent political events in the UK and the presidential campaign in the US, the spotlight is firmly on who or what makes a credible leader. The discussions are filling hours of TV news coverage and acres of analysis both online and in print. Individuals seem to be investing huge amounts … Continued

""
1
First nameyour frst name
Last nameyour ful last name
Previous
Next

Recent Posts

Categories