Why Most Managers Are Terrible At Spotting Talent

Almost all the leadership literature I’ve read has some version of this quote: that spotting talent is one of, if not the main, objective of leadership. And in particular, spotting leadership talent. Yet everyone I speak to about this topic agrees that almost every leader is bad at it. How many times have you witnessed … Read more Why Most Managers Are Terrible At Spotting Talent


Complexity: Why Most Leadership Advice Is Wrong

“Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.” ~ Alan Perlis Two of the roles I had early in my career were in organisations with a macro-level view on systems: one was in the area of public sector management and the other was leadership – or at least public sector … Read more Complexity: Why Most Leadership Advice Is Wrong


Management Challenge: Poor Performing Staff

“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” ~ Peter Drucker Teams come in all different shapes and sizes… and performance levels. It is very rare for a manager to have the opportunity to appoint … Read more Management Challenge: Poor Performing Staff


Opportunities: Seeing What’s Missing and Taking Action

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” ~ Richard Branson Management is Seeing What’s Missing Have you ever noticed that there are some things in the world that you really despise when you have them, but that you don’t notice when you don’t have them? Like pain. Or feeling unwell. While it’s … Read more Opportunities: Seeing What’s Missing and Taking Action


Urgent Versus Important: Playing Corporate Whack-a-Mole

“Any emails that contain the words ‘important’ or ‘urgent’ never are, and annoy me to the point of not replying out of principle.” ~ Markus Persson You know the feeling. You’ve overcome your procrastination… You’re fed and hydrated… You’ve put your social media well out of arm’s reach… You are about to start that important … Read more Urgent Versus Important: Playing Corporate Whack-a-Mole


Time Management: Make the Most of What You’ve Got

Time Management

“Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.” ~ Jim Rohn I’m not sure I truly appreciated time until I had a child. I’ve always been ambitious and impatient to accomplish things quickly, but there’s nothing quite like waking up … Read more Time Management: Make the Most of What You’ve Got


“I Surrender” – Why Taking Control Means Letting Go

“Control what you can control. Don’t lose sleep worrying about things that you don’t have control over because, at the end of the day, you still won’t have any control over them.” ~ Cam Newton The bigger the job, the more complex the problem, the more crowded the market, the more things seem to be … Read more “I Surrender” – Why Taking Control Means Letting Go


Feedback Unleashed

Feedback

“True intuitive expertise is learned from prolonged experience with good feedback on mistakes.” ~ Daniel Kahneman As a kid, I loved playing cricket.  I was a fast bowler, and also a halfway decent batsman. We had a lawn big enough to have a cricket pitch, and all through the summer, I’d practice my bowling, using our … Read more Feedback Unleashed


Skeptical Optimism: Reality Checks and Fake News

Skeptical Optimism

“I encourage active skepticism – when people are being skeptical because they’re trying to identify the best course of action. They’re trying to identify the next step for themselves or other people” ~ Tim Ferris I am proudly on the record as a self-proclaimed optimist – and I think that optimism is vital for leadership, … Read more Skeptical Optimism: Reality Checks and Fake News