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Future Leadership: How do we lead when they no longer work FOR us?

By Kieran Flanagan Ah the good old days when leadership resembled a tidy, symmetrical pyramid of hierarchical control. Leaders at the top with layers of obedient minions, ready to do your bidding… or suffer the inevitable consequences. But what does future leadership look like? Things were far from equitable but nonetheless the way leadership worked was…

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Reframe time: You don’t have all year

By Kieran Flanagan I am pretty sure  Xmas just happened and somehow it’s April. Hilarious. IT IS APRIL! Just 263 sleeps until Xmas again. Perhaps it’s time to “reframe time”. Not that I am a Griswald kind of girl who counts down the days in eager anticipation, (although I am partial to a fairylight or two thousand). But…

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What are you really selling?

By Dan Gregory Like it or not, we are all in the business of sales and selling. If you’re a leader, you’re selling your vision, your purpose and your ideas. If you’re a business person, you’re selling products or services. Parents are trying to sell things like bedtime and broccoli. And, if you’re in a…

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Don’t ignore what is unchanging

By Kieran Flanagan In a world of relentless change, most leaders and organizations understand the importance of keeping up to date, but often forget the importance of looking to what will endure. What is unchanging is just as important a consideration when it comes to inventing our futures as what will. The legendary adman Bill Bernbach (one of New York’s real Madmen) wisely…

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You’re on before you’re on

By Dan Gregory It doesn’t matter whether your speaking to your team, presenting to the board or giving a speech at an AGM or annual conference, you are on before you’re on and being aware of that is critical to the success of your communication. There is always an elephant in the room that you…

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Loyalty might just be an old fashioned ideal

By Kieran Flanagan “Surely not,” you say! Well, hear me out. Staff loyalty was once the ultimate measure of a leader. When a leader was great people stuck around. They progressed through the company. They grew old there. They got a gold watch. Today staff tenure is in decline. The average length of time millennials stay in a…

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How to move from story telling to “story-doing”

by Dan Gregory It’s hard to argue against the power story telling wields as a tool of influence and persuasion. However, a more powerful tool is Story Doing. Indeed, story telling is one of the oldest and most revered of our communication tools, one that allows us to take mundane facts and pedestrian ideas and render…

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Resilience is no longer enough

By Kieran Flanagan Resilience has become the word of the moment. How many times have you heard this conversation? We’re facing a lot of change. We really need our people to be more resilient. Resilience is so hot right now. (Best read with a Beyoncé flourish and finger snaps) Yet I wonder if it is…

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Need to versus want to

by Dan Gregory One of the things that has human beings turning to motivational literature in their multitudes is the difference between “Need to” and “Want to”. Typically, want to doesn’t require a lot of motivation – it’s intrinsically linked to whatever that activity might be. Few of us need to “motivate” ourselves to enjoy a good…

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When the facts get in the way of our opinions

By Dan Gregory How do we know something is, in fact, a fact, or even THE facts, or just an opinion we’ve held so long we’re unprepared to give it up? Just as importantly, are those we look to engage just as attached to their accumulated “facts”. One of the most interesting books I’ve read…

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