Monday
Sep152014

TEAM OF RIVALS

In this Blog I review some key insights from Doris Kearn Goodwin's fantastic historical study of the political and leadership genius of Abraham Lincoln. For me, Lincoln emerges from these pages not just as a highly effective change agent, but as a truly great human being. I draw some parallel lessons from his leadership and the approaches which we advocate on our own leadership programs.

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Monday
Sep152014

LEADERSHIP CREAM RISES TO THE TOP (IF WE LET IT)

I am loading a number of Blogs and Articles today. Apologies to those who have registered for Executive Summaries but have already received any of these pieces of writing. In this Blog I argue that most of the senior managers with whom I have worked over the past twenty years have a natural, intrinsic ability and passion for leadership. It is the challenge for those individuals, and the job of their organisations and good leadership development programs, to allow and encourage that leadership cream to rise to the top. I will also be loading some Articles which I have written this year, including "Leaders and the Stockholm Syndrome" and "Creativity is Making More From Milk". All these Blogs and Articles can be accessed for free by taking the thirty seconds to register at this website by clicking the top right hand corner of this page.

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Friday
Mar282014

THE CANE TOAD SYNDROME

The ‘Cane Toad Syndrome’ is what happens when experts come up with ideas to solve a particular problem, but by doing so create a much bigger problem.  We need experts in particular fields for many reasons such as intricate health related surgery, flying airplanes, solving human, animal and planet related problems. However, it is important to realize that a person being an expert in one particular discipline does not mean that person is an expert in all things. 

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Tuesday
Mar042014

LEADERSHIP INSIGHT DIALOGUE-VISION TO IMPLEMENTATION

‘Leadership Insight Dialogue’ is the term we (Richard Searle and Rob Burke) use in our leadership approach.  From a futures thinking in a leadership context perspective we use ‘Leadership Insight Dialogue’ as a design space to develop scenarios by an innovative approach to strategy implementation through a dialogue engagement process aimed at articulating purpose and shared vision through scenarios based on creative, critical and futures thinking that are both enabling and inspiring. 

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Friday
Sep132013

ANTICIPATORY ACTION LEARNING FOR CAPACITY ENHANCING

Anticipatory action learning has the advantage of enhancing the capacity for people to better prepare for the future.  Anticipatory action learning is embedded in futures studies and is the collective search for meaning and purpose through articulating a preferred future and doing now what is required to create your preferred future.

Anticipatory action learning and anticipatory action research as a basis of futures studies provide an appropriate framework from which to implement a more meaningful organisational outcome by thinking beyond just strategy for the short term.

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