All posts by Duncan Brodie

Leadership Qualities of Successful Leaders

The ultimate role of leaders is deliver results.  A drive for results is not enough to be successful as a leader.  The qualities of the most successful leaders that I have been fortunate to work with include: Taking responsibility for making things happen. Acting with integrity even when times are tough. Getting on with taking […]

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What are your time stealers?

A lot of people talk about not having enough time.  However, the amount of time we have available is not going to increase.  There are only 24 hours in day or 168 hours in a week.  It is how we use that time that matters.  We all have things that I call time stealers.  These […]

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5 Common Mistakes of Financial Turnaround Projects

In the currently challenging economic climate, many organisations are having to embark on financial turnaround or financial survival projects.  While these might be necessary, what mistakes is it important to avoid? Seeing it as something for the accountants rather than business change projects. Focusing too much on quick fixes. Deck chair shuffling.  In other words […]

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What’s your leadership style?

There are many differing views on leadership styles.  What differentiates styles is the degree to which one directs rather than involves.  There are 5 key styles of leadership: Telling or the just do it style which is good to use in times of crisis or emergency. Telling and selling where you tell what needs to […]

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6 Benefits of Team Working

We all have experienced times when we were part of a great team and there are other times when we struggle along in isolation.  In my experience there are 6 main benefits of team working: More creativity leading to more ideas and better results Increased employee satisfaction The opportunity to develop and acquire new skills […]

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6 Things We Can Learn From The Apprentice About Management and Leadership

The Apprentice on the BBC is one of my favourite programmes to watch.  While it is entertaining, it is also a great opportinity to learn.  So what 6 things can we learn from the Apprentice about management and leadership? Focus on the market and never forget the customer Listen to differing views so that you […]

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6 Essential Leadership Skills

Leaders need to have a range of skills.  I have identified 6 that I regard as essential to leadership success: Change Management Team Buidling Innovation Relationship Building Global Awareness Decisiveness   What would you add to list? Leave a comment and let me know  

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10 Must Have Management Skills

Management is what creates and sustains an organisation.  Without good management any business will struggle.  The trouble is that there is much to learn.  While continued learning is essential there are 10 skills that every manager needs if they are to succeed.   1.                  Planning   A manager you needs to be competent in business planning, […]

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