Category Archives: Leadership Behaviours

Taking personal responsibility – a too rare leadership quality

A few years ago I was asked to produce a high impact presentation on the strengths and opportunities for improvement of the organisation’s leadership capability. The presentation would be used to introduce a facilitated discussion on leadership at their annual … Continue reading

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What is the optimum size for an internal comms function?

I started re-considering this question when I read a LinkedIn status update from my former CommsQuest colleague David Norton who wrote: “It is that time of year again, just had the 3rd meeting this week about Comms budgets for 2016. … Continue reading

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‘Tell me’ versus ‘show me’ – overcoming the limitations of the spoken word.

Sally Magnusson’s book Where Memories Go is the story of her mother’s fight to retain her grip on her articulate self. Mamie Baird Magnusson was regarded as one of the finest journalists of her generation. Her daughter’s book combines an … Continue reading

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Is honesty always the best policy?

Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows that I’m a firm advocate of honesty in the workplace. I think honesty is the least we should expect from our leaders and, to be frank, in these days of hyper-transparency, the chances … Continue reading

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Can large corporations ever match the transparency of a start-up?

I may be naïve. Indeed I’m regularly accused of it, but I’d love to work for an organisation where employees are rewarded for speaking up and championing their beliefs rather than one where they sit tight and wait to see … Continue reading

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Actions speak louder than words … but words are a (good)* start.

When comparing the speeches of some of today’s world leaders, it’s interesting to consider what gives one person’s utterances more credibility than another’s. Interestingly, when seeking illustrations of this,  I unknowingly selected numbers 1, 2 and 4 from the World’s … Continue reading

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Lessons in Leadership.

So, you’ve recently been appointed CEO to one of the largest multinational organisations in the world. You operate in every corner of the globe, but your HQ is in Europe where the numbers reveal a serious downward trend. Worse, the … Continue reading

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