Category Archives: Values

12 Traits of Great Leaders

What makes a great leader?  Here are 12 great traits that I believe are necessary for great leadership. I chose them not just because of their intrinsic value but also because of their interaction and relationship to the other traits. … Continue reading

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8 Management Tools for Patient Safety

In a post-Francis world, everybody is searching for the silver bullet to improve quality within the NHS. The 1,782 page report by Robert Francis QC doesn’t provide one bullet, but 290 recommendations. But are we in danger of not seeing the wood from … Continue reading

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Business is a Journey: Pull over and ask for direction

A recent survey revealed that men clocked up over 276 miles a year aimlessly driving around lost with 12% refusing offers of help. The waste in time and money (apparently £2,000 over the lifetime) does not appear to be any … Continue reading

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3 Reasons Why Working From Home Isn’t Working

The news that Marissa Mayer has banned working from home at Yahoo! has created much heated debate both inside and outside of the organisation from mommy bloggers to Richard Branson.  But whose right when it comes to working from home? … Continue reading

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Will ethics be the next disruption?

Two major disruptions to businesses have come from technology (e.g. the Internet) and from business models (SaaS, Freemium etc.) and these have been felt all the way from the board room to the high street. But now I believe there … Continue reading

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Light Bulb Moment: 4 Essentials for Innovation

The light bulb is often used as metaphor for innovation and in this post I go one step further by using it to demonstrate the 4 key essentials for innovation within an organisation: 1. Passion (Power) 2.  Collaboration (Filament) 3. … Continue reading

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2013: Three Resolutions To Embrace

Lead There isn’t a job title called leader; It isn’t a position, it’s an attribute.  Gandhi and Martin Luther King didn’t have positions of power, but it didn’t stop them leading and, more importantly, leading change. They did not have direct reports so being a manager or director are … Continue reading

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Built to Last: Revisited

Built to Last by Jim Collins has sold millions since its publication in 1997 but 15 years on is it  working and is anyone still listening? The driver behind Jim Collins and Jerry Porras research was to find the magic … Continue reading

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CLONE WARS: 4 Values to Value Most and Why

One of the most interesting and practical management theories to emerge over the last 20 years is the Competing Values Framework based on the work of Quinn and Rohrbaugh (1983) which identifies four competing values within an organisation. These are … Continue reading

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