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It doesn’t have to be this way

While most of us prefer to stick to what we know, even if we are not satisfied with it, there are a few that tell themselves ‘it doesn’t have to be this way’.  More usually, however it is an external observer that makes this claim. And while I have spent much of my working life, trying to invent new ways to tackle recurrent issues, I have come to the conclusion that the most important first step, even before the ‘why’ question, is to believe that an improvement that can be made. This week, I was presented with a number of [...]

2018-11-03T09:05:40+00:000 Comments

Selfless acts

I suppose that most psychologists would argue that there is no such thing as true ‘selfless giving’ but I can think of one or two people I know that are extremely generous in mind and deed and who I would be inclined to call them ‘selfless’. To be clear, my definition of a ‘selfless giver’ is one who gives (or does) for others without any expectation of something in return.  To test the psychologists line of argument, let’s imagine a situation where you did a good deed for someone, without them even knowing it was you. What could the possible [...]

2018-10-18T07:41:56+00:000 Comments

What was your biggest ‘light bulb moment’ ever?

A few weeks ago, I invited a number of business leaders to share their biggest light bulb moments; the moments in their lives when they made their biggest discoveries or experienced their ‘eureka’ moments of sudden understanding.  Their stories were as inspiring as they were varied and really helped cement together the essence of intellectual leadership in the day to day work place. However, there was one moment with the group that I would like to share with you.  It was late in the second day and one of the delegates was telling his story. He was a little embarrassed [...]

2018-05-09T05:58:22+00:000 Comments

Back in time

While this week Astronomers from Arizona State University have discovered a signal from the very first stars to appear in the universe, just a blink at 180M years after the big bang, I found myself coincidentally looking back to the beginning of my solo career as a freelance in Belgium.  What drove me to taking the leap? What were the circumstances surrounding the ‘big decision’?  And then I realised that I was not going back far enough, for it is not circumstances at the time of the decision that give me the information I needed to move forward but the [...]

2018-03-01T08:12:25+00:000 Comments

Big decisions

What was the last big decision you made?  I mean really big.  Did you decide to hand in your notice at work without a job to go to, or perhaps shut down a company or set up a new one? Perhaps you sacked a much-respected employee, turned informant, or left your partner, maybe you decided to put a loved one in a home? Whatever it was, I am sure you remember clearly the emotions you went through to take it and how all your options towered over you as if they were a matter of life and death. Perhaps the [...]

2018-01-31T14:16:02+00:000 Comments