Posts by Dan Gregory and Kieran Flanagan

7 ways to lead people that don’t want to be led

Stop obsessing over how things get done. Worry more about what gets done. BY Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan   Originally published with SUCCESS Leadership used to be a top-down, pyramid-style structure. The journey to the top was clearly marked. A student graduates college, finds an entry-level job sorting mail or going on coffee runs. They pay their dues, work…

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Why an enemy can be good for business

by Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published with The CEO Magazine http://blogs.the-ceo-magazine.com/danandkieran/why-enemy-good-business The self-help industry and the associated cult of positivity often leave us with an incomplete picture of the environment we find ourselves in. We end up seeing only opportunity without risk and end up relying on hope as a strategy. But just as…

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Gen Ys and Millennials: ‘They Might Be Right’

by Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published with SUCCESS http://www.success.com/article/gen-ys-and-millennials-they-might-be-right The Gen Y and millennial generations have been harshly criticized by its Gen X and baby boomer counterparts, people who have survived economic downturns, recessions, the digital revolution, outsourcing and off-shoring and still managed to maintain their “greed is good” work ethic. So they…

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Why leaders need to think Selfish, Scared & Stupid

By Dan Gregory & Kieran Flanagan Originally published by CEO Magazine http://blogs.the-ceo-magazine.com/guest/why-leaders-need-think-selfish-scared-stupid Today leaders are largely defined by two characteristics: an aptitude for making hard decisions; for reading situations and demonstrating credible judgment whilst amplifying certainty, and secondly, an ability to influence others; to persuade, to inspire and to shift hearts and minds. Both of…

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Swim with the current

One of the advantages of growing up on a huge island in the South Pacific – Terra Australis – is that you learn to be a little more ocean savvy than much of the rest of the world. Swimming in the ocean is an entirely different skill to swimming in a pool. There are two…

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Why mental flexibility beats mental toughness

Leaders and management consultants often try to invoke a spirit of mental toughness in their employees and audiences. And certainly, a measure of persistence and resilience is a good thing and necessary for growth and confidence. What often gets overlooked however, is the idea of mental flexibility. Mental toughness allows you to pick yourself up…

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Start with WIIFM?

Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” is an extraordinary book that explores how meaning and purpose can drive human beings to lift their game and amplify buy in well beyond simple incentive based motivation. And this is certainly evident in many of the extraordinary businesses and social causes we see around us – certainly, it’s what…

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Design Beats Discipline

Too often in our attempts to drive change in our organisations, our selves or our communities, or in an attempt to lift the performance of our teams, we tend to resort to things like discipline and motivation. The problem is, both discipline and motivation, whilst useful, are only ever meant to be used in short…

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The importance of women on top

Our political and economic thought leaders are constantly lecturing us on the need to engage with the incredibly important emerging economies. Yet there is an global economy that exceeds them all in terms of scale, financial opportunity and diversity, but for some reason, it receives scant attention from the industry that is supposed to give…

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Influence: How to argue

One of the principle problems we face in an argument is that we get caught up in a “win at all costs” mindset. In other words, our survival brain takes over and we become driven by protecting territory and less concerned with achieving a successful outcome. However, if we want to be more effective, persuasive…

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