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Ambition and getting in the way of yourself

People who are strongly guided by their desire to keep moving forward can have very strong expectations of themselves. Again, a leader that has no expectations of themselves? Someone who doesn’t hold themselves accountable or responsible? Yup, that’s not a leader. But people with ‘very strong’ expectations of themselves can only notice what they didn’t achieve, and are overly hard on themselves when they don’t meet those ‘high bar’ expectations. There is little long term motivation from only seeing your failures.


Braving Stormy Seas to Achieve the Impossible

Julie was cold and alone in a dark and stormy ocean.  She was desperately treading water but each new wave threatened to take her last breath away.  The more she struggled the more her energy drained away.  Feeling alone and worn out.  She wasn’t sure how much longer she could carry on. Then she caught… Read more


Leadership Lessons from Eliza McCartney

The Olympics, the symbol of ultimate sporting achievement where four years of intense focused training comes down to one race, one throw, one jump in a stadium full of people, on the world stage.  It’s hard to imagine the pressure that athletes feel in the arena on finals day. That pressure does strange things to… Read more


Disrupting Disruptiveness

Have you noticed how many business books suddenly have the word ‘disruptive’ in them? Innovation suddenly needs to be disruptive and so does management, leadership and being a CEO. Disruptive is where it’s at right now. If you look back over your career, how many trends and fads have you seen? Ever tried to count… Read more


Worry, Anxiety and Doubt – I Hold You Close But You’re Not My Friends

Company restructure, disestablished, 30 days’ notice! Oh no, it’s really happened! Shock, anger, worry, anxiety, turmoil Feeling like my security and certainty is suddenly yanked away   Initial thoughts… What about the mortgage? What about the bills? Who am I without this job, this title? My world suddenly feels like it’s collapsing   What next……. Read more