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I was speaking with an HR leader the other day about his changing attitude to mindfulness. When it was introduced at the Leadership table, he and the CFO rolled their eyes at each other. In their minds it was one step from hugging trees and singing kumbaya. But now they’re […]

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Decayed Decade

Acknowledgement: I stole the name from a University Revue in 1979. It’s also a song by Sabertooth Zombie but you probably knew that. At the end of every decade we may feel that the human condition/society has lurched another step down. The first decade of this century saw the rise […]

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Succeeding at Succession

The HR Industry Benchmark Survey Report 2019 released in November identified that succession planning was a challenge for 16% of respondents – well behind leadership development, culture change and change management. But for those facing the issue, it can be their greatest challenge. We were with a friend in the […]

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Cultivating Purpose

We had a robust discussion about “Start With Why”, the simple but powerful model that Simon Sinek made famous (listen to his TED talk) I was leading the debate for the cynics by asking why we should start with why. I lost the argument. Being clear about purpose and values […]

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The Last Word on Hansen (for now)

Steve Hansen may be celebrating his last media appearance but I really hope we hear his voice again, not on rugby but on management, leadership and performance. You will know that I am a total fan of his leadership philosophy and practice. I’m sure there are great leaders out there […]

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Self-Taught Genius

I was mucking around on guitars in a music shop when an assistant asked me if I was self-taught. I replied that I was and asked her how she knew. She said that trained musicians played pieces whereas self-taught people tended to improvise (the technical term when mucking around on […]

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Upside of anger

More opportunities to learn about leadership from the head of one of the world’s most successful organisations! The All Blacks started poorly against the lowest-ranked team in the competition and were clearly guilty of complacency. And here begins a lesson in devolved leadership (we described earlier as the transfer of […]

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Creating on-field leaders

I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about performance culture. One of my reference points is the All Blacks who exemplify a self-regulating performance culture (which I discussed in “Why the All Blacks are the best in the world”). There’s one dimension which I think underpins everything else – the […]

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Moon shot culture

I know the time for the anniversary of the moon landings is over, but sometimes things take a while to percolate through my mind. A few weeks ago my friend Bob Weston told me about a podcast he had listened to (after he’d listened to ours of course) about the […]

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The third voice – the magic of collaboration

Emmy Lou Harris has collaborated with many (perhaps even most) of the great recording artists over the last 30 years in the country/folk rock space. She said, “When you combine two unique voices it creates a third phantom voice.” I know what she means. My most important collaboration is with […]

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Are you living your CV or your eulogy?

Recently I posted an article called “Your professional decline is coming (much) sooner than you think”. It has generated a lot of interest, and it highlights a conversation I have with lots of people, especially those over 50. My thinking is that we have three adult ages: Stage 1 (20s-30s): […]

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