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In this Thoughts on Leadership, Paul Bridle talks about integrity and what it stands for - and what you stand for!


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I have a few basic principles in life that I live by. First of all, honesty is important to me. I tend to speak my mind even though it's got me into trouble a few times. I passionately believe that people should work with people that they can trust, work with people that they can share the same values with.

I often say to people that I am going to enter into a business relationship with, “trust is important and without it we will not be able to move forward”.

The moment trust is broken, there is no basis for a relationship in my mind. I once heard a person say to a colleague, “You say that trust is important to you, and you keep saying it. In fact it’s got to a stage now that I am starting to wonder whether it’s something you say and not something you do.”

Wow! The person was not only stunned but probably also felt that it was a bit unfair. Last year, I had dealings with someone and this person said to me on a couple of occasions about the importance of values. In fact, they said it repeatedly, when we were discussing something that we didn’t particularly agree with each other on, the person actually asked me, whether I was calling into question their integrity. At that time, I was a bit stunned by the question because that wasn’t on my mind and as somebody who works with people that I trust; this person’s integrity was not an issue in my mind. (more…)


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McKinsey report that executives can thrive at work and in life by adopting a leadership model that revolves around finding their strengths and connecting with others.

They have conducted interviews with more than 140 leaders; analysed of a wide range of academic research in fields as diverse as organisational development, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, positive psychology, and leadership; held workshops with hundreds of clients to test their ideas and undertaken global surveys.

Through this research, they have distilled a set of five capabilities that, in combination, generate high levels of professional performance and life satisfaction.

The five capabilities are:

  • Meaning
  • Managing Energy
  • Positive Framing
  • Connecting
  • Engaging

To find out more about how centred leaders can achieve extraordinary results Click Here


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This article by Paul Russell, co-founder and director of Luxury Academy London explores what we can learn from the key lessons learned by seven well-known 21st-century leaders.

The leaders identified are an eclectic mix - one of whom you might not have considered as fulfilling a traditional leadership role before now.

1. Warren Buffet on mistakes

Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Buffet is (according to the Forbes 2017 List of Billionaires) the world’s second richest man after buying his first shares at just eleven years of age and going on to become the majority shareholder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. A key trait of Buffet’s leadership is how candid he is about mistakes.

In an interview with Performance Magazine Buffet said: “If every shot was a hole-in-one, it wouldn't make the game very interesting. You have to hit balls in the woods a few times to learn how to invest and how to lead others to performance standards.”

2. Barack Obama on compromise

The 44th president of the United States was born in Hawaii and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his efforts at strengthening international diplomacy.

In his farewell address in 2017, Obama said: “Understand that democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders argued, they quarrelled and eventually they compromised.”

3. Bill Marriott on people skills

Marriott led the hospitality brand started by his father in 1927 between 1964 and 2012 and remains its Executive Chairman. What jumps out from the interview Marriott gave with Harvard Business Review in 2013 is his belief in the power of people skills for a business and recognising them in others. (more…)


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With the Apple's iPhone X Launch taking place this month it is worth reminding ourselves of the impact Steve Jobs had on the speaking industry.

According to the The New York Times, the book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, is for would-be keynote rock stars.

Steve Jobs transformed business presentations into an art form. Ask business professionals anywhere in the world to describe the “Steve Jobs style” and momostwill have an answer. It’s irresistible, entertaining, and engaging.

Today Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Marc Benioff, Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally,Alibaba founder Jack Ma, and many other leaders around the world emulate the presentation style Steve Jobs made famous, and the one Carmine Gallo popularized in his Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs - one of the most popular public-speaking books in the world and recently classified as “a business classic.”

Now you can learn the exact techniques that made Jobs the most captivating storyteller on the business stage. In The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs Carmine Gallo maps out a ready-to-use framework to help you plan, deliver and refine the best presentation of your life. One major construction company scored an $875 million contract after converting its boring old presentation into a dynamic one that copied every technique revealed in the book.

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As a leader, you will be constantly expected to take in new information and understand it to a level that enables you can act on it and explain it to others.

This short questionnaire helps you to understand how best to recognise the three channels you use for taking on board and learning from new information.

 

The three channels are:

  • the visual channel (the seeing-channel)
  • the aural channel (the hearing-channel), and
  • the kinaesthetic channel (the emotional and movement channel).

This activity can also be used within a communication training session.

To download this activity, click on the following link: Understanding Information Questionnaire


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Life’s too short to be unhappy at work

“I’m working harder than I ever have, and I don't know if it’s worth it anymore.” If you’re a manager or leader, these words have probably run through your mind. 

So many of us are feeling fed up, burned out, and unhappy at work: the constant pressure and stress, the unending changes, the politics — people feel as though they can't give much more, and performance is suffering.

But it’s work, after all, right? Should we even expect to be fulfilled and happy at work?

Yes, we should, says Annie McKee, co-author of the best-selling Primal Leadership. In her new transformative book, she makes the most compelling case yet that happiness―and the full engagement that comes with it―is more important than ever in today’s workplace, and she sheds new light on the powerful relationship of happiness to individual, team, and organizational success.

Based on extensive research and decades of experience with leaders, this book reveals that people must have three essential elements in order to be happy at work: (more…)


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