Category Archives for Leading

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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The True Cost Of Procrastinating When Leading

As a leader you are ultimately judged on the results that you deliver. While just about every leader understands this at a conceptual level, they still engage in doing and acting in ways that hinder the delivery of results. One of the key culprits is procrastination. So what’s the real impact on your success of […]

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How To Make The Big Decisions As A Leader

Leading is not for the faint hearted. A core part of your role is to move the organisation forward and improve it. In many ways as one milestone is achieved, another often more challenging one comes along. In your role as a leader you will have to make many big decisions. While it sounds easy […]

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Leadership Insights from Leading by Sir Alex Ferguson

I don’t read that many books from those in sport. At the same time I was looking forward to reading Leading by Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson has a reputation for being someone who demands hard work and for having quite a temper. When you get into the book you start to see the differences between […]

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What Are You Committing To In 2016?

A new year is often a time when people make all sorts of commitments or resolutions. More often than not they are never achieved. I heard the other day that 80% of resolutions are never achieved. Why? There are several reasons in my experience. Not Enough Desire If I look back over my life, all […]

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What Type Of Leader Do You Want To Be?

As a leader there are plenty of demands on you.  It just goes with the territory.  You will always have targets to meet, stakeholders to satisfy and the likes.  At times this will test and stretch you to the limit. While leaders need to deliver, there is also the question of what type of leader […]

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