Category Archives for Leading

What do business leaders do?

The role of the leader can sometimes be difficult for those not in leadership roles to understand.  From my experience there are 6 key functions of  business leaders: Providing the overall long term direction Selecting the right strategies to achieve the overall long term direction Making things happen without taking on all of the execution […]

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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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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.  Your leadership style is also one of those common questions in job interviews. Of course in many respects it’s a strange question to ask because there is no right or wrong style of leadership.  Different styles are required at different times. What differentiates styles is the degree […]

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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.  Equally what I’ve noticed over the course of my career is that there really is no magic formula to being good at leading.  In many respects you are always work in progress. That said I have identified 6 that I regard as essential to leadership success: Change […]

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