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HOW DO YOU SPEED UP A ‘SUPERTANKER’?

  Our business world is changing at an unprecedented level; 74 out of the Fortune 100 companies from the 1980s are no longer around. Look at the Ghosts of Companies Past – Kodak’s cataclysmic demise or Blockbuster’s decline from 60,000 employees in 9,000 stores globally in 2001 to 51 stores in 2016 having turned down the opportunity to work with …

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Lessons Learnt from a Labour of Love

This is me holding the very first copy of my first book. What the picture can’t communicate is the overwhelming sense of relief I was feeling, the rush of euphoria that had just hit me, and the complete and utter joy in my heart. On September the 20th Superfast: Lead at Speed was published in the UK by John Murray …

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Funny Business: How humour fuels business growth

We know that laughter is good for us. But is it also good for business? Babies laugh on average 400 times a day. Once you get to over 35 this has dropped to 15 a day – and, a recent US Gallup poll showed, we laugh less on a weekday than a weekend. Is this because we are at work …

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What leaders can learn from a pastor and a princess

Whatever your monarchist or republican leanings, it’s unlikely you missed the coverage of the Windsor Wedding on Saturday. I watched it all the way through with friends and family. The young kids and my elderly father were particularly gripped. I loved the flowers, the music, the fashion and the fact that it was a truly great show. There are lessons …

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Speed Thrills: Leadership Velocity

I’ve written a book about leading in an accelerated world. I’ve done this because I’ve spent years working with leaders who are frustrated by speed bumps and corporate torpor. The other day I watched ‘Mr Blandings Builds his Dream House’, a classic Cary Grant American film where an ad man in the city gets fed up of his small space in …

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BRAND STANDS. How to attract and win the best talent

  People talk about the war of attention being one of the biggest challenges in today’s fast-moving world. I believe it’s the war for recruitment and retention which is equally important for leaders managing businesses today. How do you stand out?  How do you attract the best brains and the best people? The answer is in your brand. A brand …