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Is there such a thing as “Leadership?”

I am grateful to my colleague Miriam Gilbert for sharing Colin Newlyn’s blog arguing that “Leadership is not a thing“. Please do read it. It argues that the one thing leaders have in common is that they have followers. That’s true of the vast range of people who could be described as “leaders”, despite them … Continue reading

Managing performance: the value of “Right First Time”

I’ve had several conversations in workshops, recently, with managers whose staff are “under-performing” and they have run out of ideas to address this. Many have said they have to check every piece of work and that performance or coaching conversations haven’t made any difference. This usually leads to a discussion of the futility of using … Continue reading

Why did you say “Leadership behaviour” and not “Leadership”?

I was running a Leadership workshop recently and put up a slide showing 3 sets of knowledge and skills that I said I felt were required to enable a sustainable culture of continuous improvement. (Label it “Lean”, “6-Sigma”, “TQM”, “Operational Excellence” or whatever you want!) I asked which of the 3 sets of skills the … Continue reading

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