Category Archives for Leading

Avoid Complicating Decision Making

There was a question posted recently on one of the forums that I am part of. Without going into detail it was essentially a question around whether a client should reduce their fee for multiple bookings. It was interesting to see the responses. Some of them short and to the point. Others long winded with […]

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The Leadership Poem

Today I had a thought about capturing the essence of leadership in a short poem. Here is what I came up with. I wonder what else you would add to it? Set direction But involve others Focus on results But don’t forget about people Take the decisions Even when it’s tough Acknowledge that success Is […]

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Don’t Be The CPO

You will no doubt have heard the term C-Suite. Basically it’s shorthand for the different executive level roles in organisations so Chief Executive Office, Chief Financial Officer, etc. Now we all know that a key distinction between leaders and mangers is that leaders should be focusing on moving things forward. All makes sense. Yet what […]

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10 Big Mistakes To Avoid When Leading or Managing

I don’t know about you but I learn a whole lot more from the times that things don’t work out as well as they could than I do when it all goes smoothly. The truth is leading and managing presents many challenges. Sometimes we try something in one situation and it works perfectly. We try […]

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How To Get People Delivering

Clients raise many different challenges that they face as leaders and managers. One of the most common questions people ask me is “How do I get my people to deliver the results I expect from them without being seen as a demanding or horrible boss?” It would be easy to dismiss this as an easy […]

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Don’t Fall Into The Flat White Trap

Now you are probably thinking I have gone insane with this title so let me explain. The flat white is one of the speciality coffees that they sell at my favourite coffee chain Costa Coffee. All the staff have to learn and be tested on all of the coffee’s before they can come out of […]

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Stepping Stones To Being A Better Leader

We all know that being a leader is a big challenging. On the face of it, leading in itself should not be that difficult but the reality in practice is that it is a challenge. Unlike many areas there is no guaranteed blueprint that will work every time in any situation. At the same time […]

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Without Trust You Achieve Nothing

When I am working with clients individually or in groups, the challenge of how to get the best from teams often comes up. When we start to explore this, fairly often it feels like issues around the performance of the team are nothing to do with the leader or manager and all down to team […]

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What I Learned About Leading From Being A Finance Director

It is very easy to look from the outside and assume that leading is really easy. The reality is often very different. In this video I share some insights on what I learned about leading from being in a Finance Director level role. Duncan Brodie helps accountants and professionals being more effective leaders and achieve […]

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The 10 Top Things To Avoid As A Leader

Being a leader when you are on the outside looking in might seem like it is pretty straightforward. Yet leading is one of those areas where there is a huge difference between perception and reality. Now I am sure that you want to do your very best as a leader. At the same time you […]

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