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The Leadership of curiosity and intrigue

‘It’s like we’re on a movie set!’ said my daughter as we hurtled along on the tube between Oxford Circus and Waterloo in London on the way to a medical appointment.  There were two other passengers, she wasn’t wrong!  Leadership, not

Those that matter don’t mind

This week, my youngest daughter re-found her Dr Seuss books and I was reminded of that beautiful quote ‘to the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.’   As humans we have a

Locus of Control

Some-one who I greatly admire once said to me ‘whatever happens in life, walk towards rather than walk away’.  At the time I had just handed in my notice to a job I loved (a promotion with a new boss, a

Moonshots, empathy and stardust

That rather beautiful but overused expression ’Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars,’ seems to be a mantra for today.  Some days to read the papers and talk with colleagues it seems the only way

Creative Life Forces

In a discussion with my teenage daughter this morning about now, the future, education and work, she looked at me, paused and said, ‘I know everyone keeps talking about the new ‘normal’ but isn’t there just the present moment?  This is

How we treat each other changes everything

‘Nothing exposes our true self more than how we treat each other’,  and as a client reinforced this morning, ‘and of course how we treat each other changes everything.’ As with so many things that follow a cycle in life, crises

Unprecedented leadership for unprecedented times

In a recent leadership programme, an unexpected conversation cropped up about the definition of the yin and yang symbol in light of COVID-19. The complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole

They aren’t little

I was told a story last week by a friend and colleague who regularly rubs shoulders with extraordinary people from all walks of life. He is something of a star himself and the tale may be folklore, but it stuck in my

Light in the hearts of strangers

I was on a train in the Netherlands last week completely absorbed in reading Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. I became aware of a voice from a fellow passenger, ‘fascinating but not what it might appear, that book’ said the man,

Quirks and all

Last week I felt very honoured to be in an aircraft hangar with not one but three private jets, I hasten to add that I wasn’t about to fly off anywhere, I was just a happy visitor during a Leadership

Bold and courageous

Uncertainty is usually caused by unexpected events, but look at headlines over recent days and there are plenty of reasons to validate a decision to ‘batten down the hatches’, play it safe and avoid all risk (despite avoidance and doing nothing

Let go the distractions to be smarter.

Whilst clearing away decorations, I was half way up a ladder with an armful of fairy lights and a friend looked at me slightly suspiciously, he had just asked what my New Year’s resolutions were, to which I had responded

Bubbles or in a bubble?

As the old Chinese curse has it: may you live in interesting times.  Like it or not we are certainly living in interesting times at the moment. With the extraordinary political uncertainty, poverty and homelessness, the damage that humanity is inflicting

When the answer had to be unequivocally yes.

‘Do you trust me? Are you ready?’ Whispered a beautifully French-accented voice in my ear. To set the scene, at this point I was sitting at the open door of a Cessna Caravan at 3000m strapped to a parachute instructor

Becoming more and more you…

I believe it was David Lynch that said ‘ the thing about meditation is; you become more and more you.’ Many of the world’s most influential people and accomplished global leaders such as Oprah Winfrey, Larry Brilliant and Lady Gaga,