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Hello silence, my old friend

The meeting room was full of noise. Silence looked in, but she knew silence would not be welcome. She therefore waited quietly outside just in case silence was needed. She [...]
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The discomfort zone

If the weakness in your argument is the place you linger when others have moved on… If the shortcomings you perceive in your experience cast a shadow over your confidence [...]
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When the meeting ends

There is a very special place that we have all known so well, but rarely visit any more. A place we may not have valued quite as much as we [...]
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What will we take with us?

An odd question I heard someone ask this week was “if your house was on fire, and all people and pets were safe, what one possession would you hope could [...]
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It was twenty years ago today…

It was twenty years ago today, on 12 September 2000, that a thirty-eight-year-old lawyer and recently former General Counsel of two different financial institutions bubble-wrapped his career and left it [...]
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The play within the play

Is a play really a play if it does not have an audience? Is not our part (perhaps described as row N seat 23, the quiet fidget, absorbed, stifling a [...]
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Leading together

Why do so many leaders allude to feelings of loneliness in their roles? Is there an expectation that stepping into such roles there will be times when the weight of [...]
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The extraordinary smallness of you

Talk of a Covid silver-lining risks being completely insensitive to the hardships, and grieving, that many individuals, families and communities have suffered and continue to suffer. I do not want [...]
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Happy Birthday Ciarán Fenton

12 August 1960. Somewhere on some hillside, a grouse came face to face for the first time with a seemingly stubborn and immoveable force. Feathers flew. The “Glorious Twelfth” marks [...]
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In London. In Person

This week I had some meetings in London. A carriage to myself into Paddington, a station concourse with more staff than passengers, a tube journey where there were so many [...]
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success-ish

There are some well-worn clichés about success and failure. “We learn most from our mistakes”, is perhaps one of the best known, while Kipling’s poem “If” is the totemic ballast [...]
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The penny dropped

The penny dropped one day over a beer with my co-founder, Lawrence Smith. For those of you who may not know him, Lawrence is the inspiration for 90% of what [...]
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Thoughtless

“What are you thinking?” “Nothing.” “No, really, what are you thinking?” “Really, nothing.” There are moments in the day when I have no purpose. I am inert. I think it [...]
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Who tells your story

This post is inspired by a conversation I had on Friday with a lawyer who told me of such a gruelling story that I have hardly thought of anything else [...]
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The triangle player and you

The triangle is the least consequential instrument in the school orchestra. The tool for the last one picked. A way to include everyone and to exclude no-one. It is a [...]
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No need for daylight knobbery

How do you affect other people? What impact would you like to have? What impact do others have on you? Is it the impact you would like them to have? [...]
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Tea drinking robots

…on a building site near you an animated discussion starts to get even more heated. “I’m telling you every building site owner is going to replace their labourers with robot [...]
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Are you good at change?

Are you good at change? Comfortable with change? Or are you change resistant? Don’t people bang on about change? Nothing should change. Everything should change. Something should change. But what [...]
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Living in colour

Have you been moved by music, nestled in its hold, made humble by the beauty of sound? Have you cried in a film or at a play when words have [...]
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Be more Crumble – lessons in leadership

Crumble is not a lawyer. She is not “C-Suite experienced”. Neither is she a “dynamic, commercial, self-starting Executive with a track-record of transformational achievement”. She is a four-year old cockerpoo. [...]
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Management theory – something for the weekend

My first joyful encounter with performance management was the Balanced Score Card. An evolution of the “tick-box” nursery school of management theory. The process required external consultants to describe value [...]
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I hope…

The hardest thing will be when it is no longer a crisis and it is just what is left behind. When flood waters come to a community the flood waters [...]
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What she said…

Paradigm Shift is not an over-the-counter laxative. However, I do encourage you to think of it as a highly effective turdilogical expellant next time it is used in an executive [...]
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What next then?

…what next then? Amid much chatter about new normals and paradigms shifting, how will we relate to what happens next? Who to believe and who to follow? I suspect two [...]
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It’s not easy, is it?

It’s not easy, is it? I’m afraid I don’t have any advice on “ten Tibetan dialects to discover in your new found spare time” or “using Zoom to learn how [...]
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This is the time to be slow

…Not everything is an opportunity. Not everyone has time to pause. Sometimes I feel it is too hard to be positive, too frightening to be brave and too uncertain to [...]
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The least I can do…

It is a time like no other for everyone. We are all grappling with the loss of normality and the shock of sudden change. I realise, of course, that what [...]
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Photographs of our thoughts

To write anything – a letter, an email, a tweet, a thank you note – is to reveal a little bit of our story. The messages we share in writing, [...]
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Find a way…

This is a hypothetical story. It is about a company, its Chief Executive and the General Counsel. It is not about right or wrong, compliance or non-compliance; but it is [...]
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What is to become of us?

What is to become of us – we who have given our best, but who now have reached an age where we cannot easily say that our best is yet [...]
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Politics – It is mostly listening required

It is hard to follow politics and not feel disconnected. This is an odd phenomenon in our 24/7 news channel, social media, multi-channel, multi-platform, your-call-is-important-to-us world. Politics on social media [...]
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A path less trodden to a better place

There are some big workplace structural inadequacies that still hang in the air; inadequacies that my generation has so far failed to nail down. They include the gender pay gap, [...]
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Over confident

Leaders often describe the confidence of others, and yet the word “confidence” is one of those too-easy-to-use words that gets bandied about without enough care as to what it is [...]
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Where does leadership begin?

I believe it begins in the moment. To notice the moment requires us to be present. To be present needs a conscious mindset and leadership is then the willingness to [...]
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Be more kind

A good friend of mine, and someone who is also a great leader and a rare talent, recently introduced me to the music of Frank Turner and a song entitled [...]
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Ay-Aye, it’s innovation

Innovation is one of those loaded words, capable of suggesting a magical competency (see cliched interview question “Can you give me an example of when you have been innovative?”) or [...]
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