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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The future of business growth

  I’ve seen the future… and it’s beautiful. Lisbon is also beautiful. This gloriously creative and friendly city hosted The House of Beautiful Business alongside Web Summit, the world’s largest tech conference dubbed ‘Davos for Geeks’ by Bloomberg. The House of Beautiful Business is a pop-up community for meaningful conversations about technology and humanity in collaboration with BCG Henderson Institute and …

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MORE WOMEN MEANS MORE BUSINESS

  More women in leadership roles leads to richness of debate, increased innovation and more success. The data is in. The results are conclusive. If you want a successful business, you need more women leading it. At the recent Financial Times Women at the Top event, McKinsey unveiled their latest research on the impact of diversity. It demonstrated that for every …

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A DECADE OF DISRUPTION: Ten stories of change across ten years

  A mere decade ago, the world was very different. In ten years this world has been transformed, particularly by the impact technological change has had on communications, politics and business. In 2007 The Caffeine Partnership was born. We wanted to help leaders in a different way to traditional consultancies; to help them grow, fast. We wanted to help impatient …

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The Uber-Lesson for leaders

  Here’s a question for you: should we stop thinking about the idea that people are ‘born leaders’? Or, put another way, do you think great leaders are always just naturally brilliant people who are consistently able to cope with the challenges they face? Leaders are not ‘born great’; but they can become great with help. ‘This is the first …

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Want a competitive advantage? Send the lift back down…

  I believe in positive capitalism; I have spent my life and my career meeting people in the corporate world who have principles and believe that making a positive impact in the world is not incompatible with professional success and business profitability.  There are examples where greed and following the money have led to appalling stories and an understandable cynicism …