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The Mentor Chapter Ten – Now what?

The Golden Heart in Nettleton Bottom holds a special place in this story and in this exhibition. It was where I met Geoff Williams on a cool summer’s evening having [...]
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Acceptance

This is a time of year that arrives with mixed blessings for so many. A time when feelings about what has been lost push their way to the surface again; [...]
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On our watch, our scandal

I try not to give advice, I try mostly to help people find their own way, rather than to follow mine. However, if there was one universal note I would [...]
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Seeing the good for the trees

I was sat in the back of a large and comfortable car, picked up from the airport and now heading to an important meeting on a remote private estate. Once [...]
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It’s about being strategic, innit?!

On Friday evening I was driving back from Cambridge after one of our residential alumni events with some of our friends who have completed our leadership programme or who have [...]
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Where are you from?

“You can be anything you want if you work hard enough” is one of the most demoralising, tin-eared and undermining self-help mantras ever contrived. I assume it is meant as [...]
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The ODPS System explained

I would like to share something with you that might transform the way you work (aka marketing-speak for something modest that might change things a little bit). This is a [...]
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Above all, we must do no harm

I had a very vivid and terrible dream last week. It was in fact a truly dystopian nightmare and no fun at all. I dreamt that I was an enabler [...]
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Leadership ain’t easy, but…

Overtly political blogs are not always a joy. I sometimes stray into this area and it is a mixed blessing for me and I suspect for those who read my [...]
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What matters…

Life events challenge settled thinking. It is a cliché I know, but then that only serves to prove the point rather than to undermine it. I am not now going [...]
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Gifts that tell your story

It is the time of year when I typically post a cheery picture of Queens’ College, Cambridge and mention that once again it is my good fortune to be back [...]
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Together again

Earlier this week I spent a few late summer days in Budapest. The sun offered September warmth that meant the shady side of the street was not quite warm enough, [...]
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How much does an email weigh?

Before Tim Berners-Lee said “This is for everyone” there were no emails, no internet and no Wi-Fi. The only hot spot was on my chin, usually after a cheap chocolate [...]
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The great bacon roll debacle

I had the great pleasure to be at Lord’s last week. It was a lovely treat. A place where the gentle hubbub of a contented crowd might just be the [...]
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About a blog

I am sometimes asked how I go about writing my blog. I usually start writing it on the Wednesday or Thursday before I post the blog on Sunday morning. Typically, [...]
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For the pixels

This blog will not be for everyone. There is mention of poo, some swearing and my usual relentless oversimplification; one to swerve if you would prefer a quieter few minutes. [...]
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The hurtling blur

When our train rattles though towns and countryside we can sometimes glimpse the world through the fences and trees that mark the line of the track. Fractions of reality, gone [...]
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The seventy-five-year career

As I left school in 1980, aged eighteen and headed off to study law, I had a vague notion of what a career might mean, but no idea about what [...]
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Leadership is

There is never a moment when you truly know if you are ready for leadership. There isn’t an exam or an interview; and there isn’t a permission you need to [...]
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The follower’s tale

To follow well is an act of profound and selfless leadership. The follower’s role in the success of any organisation is often poorly appreciated and significantly misunderstood. It is never [...]
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The long walk into ignorance

When the sun is setting on a role, and dark clouds cloak our view, what stories do we tell ourselves about the truth we thought we knew? When emperors have [...]
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A mentor

If I had to describe what I do, I have a few things to choose from. A lawyer (once) and sometimes now a presenter, a writer and a consultant, but [...]
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Ambition is the shape of you

What is ambition? What is its shape and colour? What is ambition’s energy force? How does it compel you? I am fascinated by the word and how it alters our [...]
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My hobbyhorse is not at the races

It’s easy for me to rise from my armchair residency, to climb on board my hobbyhorse of choice and pontificate. As a mere commentator, it should also be easier for [...]
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27 March 1962

It was a Tuesday, and the date was 27 March 1962. The Shadows had the number-one record in the UK hit parade with “Wonderful Land” but in a maternity ward [...]
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