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but in the end nobody did it


We all know the lines about everybody knowing that somebody would do it, but in the end nobody did it; it’s a little off pat, but rings nicely true and it sums up one of the basic issues of leadership that is often overlooked (see foot of blog for the full story). Read more…

on the pros and cons of protégés


I mused here last week on succession planning and one part of that is the possibility of having a protégé. It is a complex relationship, almost a partnership, and can be very beneficial when it works well. Certainly I have had the delight of seeing a number of people that I have taken under my wing go on to do well in their careers. Read more…

the importance of Succession Planning


Independent types like me are often called in to cover for someone who has just left an organisation. They want someone to come in as interim cover while they recruit a permanent replacement and one of the phrases that comes in almost all of those conversations is that they need someone to “hit the ground running” because they do not have anyone on their team who can do that. Read more…

is this the right room for an argument?


If it is where I am sitting then yes, it is. Not that I am advocating argument for its own sake, but more that I want people to challenge my opinions. Read more…

musings on leaders


News that a certain sporting manager has been fired amid allegations that he had lost the confidence of his team comes as no surprise; leaders who have no followers are no longer leaders. Read more…

Are we nearly there yet?


“Are we nearly there yet?”, that familiar cry from the back seat, and sometimes from the front. The answer may be yes, maybe no, but how do we know? These days when we are on a day out we probably know where we are from our SatNav system and, if you have that set up to do so, it will also tell you whether you are going to arrive on time or not. At work we don’t have SatNav though, so whether we are looking at the day’s work or a project we need to have something else to keep track of where we are. Read more…

every man in the fleet knows what to do except the commanding admiral


These words were written by Ian Fleming for his creation M to utter in conversation with 007 and they convey an important leadership principle. Read more…