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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.


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


Vulnerability – The Final Frontier

Authenticity is one of my core values and one that I felt proud to say I was living.  I’d invested significant amounts of my time and effort to get to this place.  I’d discovered my core values, I’d finally identified the things that were important and fulfilling to me compared to the things that I… Read more


Guest blog: Reputation never sleeps

Do you know what other people think of  you? Perhaps the more important question is:  do you understand why it’s important that you know how other people think of you? Our friend and colleague, Fiona Fenwick offers some advice on how to manage that most elusive of things …. your personal brand. It has been… Read more


Are subject matter experts good leaders?

The question can’t be answered without first examining the qualities that make a good leader and there is plenty of opinion about this: search Google for ‘leadership qualities’ and you’ll get over 67 million results. Most lists of the characteristics of good leadership feature the same core attributes (e.g. honesty, empathy, accountability, inspiration, decisiveness); being… Read more