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CORPORATE COURAGE VS. BREXIT BASHFULNESS

  We are slap-bang in the middle of ‘interesting times’. Leaders and potential leaders face monumental challenges, but also great opportunities. I’m referring not only to the political leaders caught in a whirligig of ‘What just happened?’ and a rollercoaster of ‘Who’s in control?’, but also to the business leaders as Brexit throws a firestarter of uncertainty into the tinderbox of …

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Need to lead? Need to read

  I am writing a book. As part of writing this book I am speaking to successful leaders of all kinds. Some lead large corporates, some lead start-ups, some lead opinion, some lead government policy, some lead charities. All are very different and each has their own approach to leadership. However, as you’d expect there are some recurring themes. One …

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Dinner Party Shame: A story of Brand Pride

  This week I’ve been a Dragon. It’s been fun. I’ve been part of a judging panel on a ‘Going Further’ competition where students from the 157 Group of Further Education Colleges pitch to redesign their brand website. It’s been smartly organised by Amy Fowler of the 157 Group and my fellow judges included Maggie Philbin, CEO of TeenTech, Ian …

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Manners maketh the manager

Last week we were talking about the right kind of purpose and how too often people assumed the purpose of business was a ‘tooth and claw’ fight to win at all costs. Then this week, I heard an article on Radio 4 about Donald Trump: while he was winning Republican primaries, he was losing among general public opinion because he …

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The hundred-day hero

  I’ve been thinking about smart starts this week. This is driven partly by a good friend who has begun an important, dream job but it’s also because we’ve been working with a new GM and a new CEO helping them to articulate the business opportunity at the start of their new roles, and to work out how to ensure …

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Consciously Competent: Why leaders need to focus on women

According to the Economist, the most powerful key forces that will shape the century ahead are the three ‘W’s: The Web… The Weather… and Women. Knowing that brands cannot underestimate the massive contribution women can make to future economic growth and leadership, we made it the subject of our latest Caffeine Business for Breakfast (designed as a short sharp shot …

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100% Proof

In business, how much do you consider the question of faith? Faith is a funny old thing. It’s a world-changing power. Leaders need people to have faith in them. Ideas need to have believers to turn them from concept into world-changing innovations. Businesses need to have employees with faith in their future. Faith is fuel for energy, it’s fire to …

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Contrition & Carwashing

So, farewell then Martin Winterkorn. Another crisis, another CEO gone. This one is a big one though. No one can have failed to miss the story that VW has been embroiled in scandal. I am slightly furious with VW. The current zeitgeist is cynical enough about big corporates already. I happen to believe that there are some excellent people with …

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Good News

You’ll find the Caffeine team in a good mood this week. The reason? We love getting results. We are driven by seeing the impact of what we do, helping ‘impatient leaders’ grow their business fast. And we love being recognised for that. So when The Caffeine Partnership  won ‘BEST GROWTH CONSULTANCY 2015‘ at the Agency Awards last week, we were …