Category: Leadership

What to DO on Earth Day

We know it matters – our human activities are causing problems on this one planet we’ve got. But climate change can seem so … BIG. It’s hard to know what to do – where to start. The challenge is systemic – lots of complicated moving pieces, connected in a myriad of complex ways. Where to begin? Here are a few suggestions, loosely based on John Elkington’s Triple Bottom Line: PEOPLEThe Good On You app will

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Learning and Unlearning

Not long ago, a client called me out on a casually sexist remark I made, the gist of which was ‘yoga is for girls’. It was an odd thing to say, because it’s not what I think. Firstly, having practiced on and off since 2005, I certainly don’t believe ‘yoga is for girls’. Neither do I consider myself sexist – and yet my words undoubtedly were. It would be easy to dismiss this off-hand –

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Good Enough

Sometimes, only our best is good enough … but the idea we can [or should] always be at our best is not only impossible, it’s unhealthy. We’re humans. We have good days and bad days. Sometimes we’re on top form … and at other times – not so much. Now, if we’re having a stinker, that doesn’t mean we inflict our bad day on everyone around us, but pretending we’re always at our best is

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What Game Are You Playing?

In his book ‘Finite and Infinite Games’, James Carse distinguishes between two types of ‘game’. Finite games have clearly defined parameters – rules, a start, a finish. Examples would be a tennis match, writing a book, building a website, meeting for coffee. We understand when it’s done – when the ‘game’ is over. Infinite games are blurry. The rules can change, the start point is debatable, and there isn’t a finish line. It’s being a

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The Art of Leading Without Leading

Looking back on the art that affected us as kids – books, films, music, images – reveals much about who we are and how we see the world. Growing up, one of my favourite films was Bruce Lee’s ‘Enter the Dragon’. There’s a lot of actual fighting in it, but Bruce’s philosophy is also woven through the script. At one point, he demonstrates “the art of fighting without fighting”. 35 years later, I’ve realised that

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51/49

None of us will be right all the time. That’s not possible. With all the decisions we have to make, day after day [after day], it’s inevitable that some of them will be … sub-optimal. [And some of them will be downright disastrous … like the time I tied a t-shirt round the handlebars of my bike and it got caught in the front wheel, catapulting me onto the road, where I bounced off my

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The Value of Reassurance

Remote working … we’re all familiar with it now, and it’s not going away. There are good things about it, and not-so-good. One of the challenges can be the feedback we get – or don’t get. Sometimes feedback is specific. We do a thing, and the people around us speak directly to that thing – where it’s good, and where it can be improved. [Essential]. Then there’s the other feedback we get – the more

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What Are We Arguing About?

The Novak Djokovic situation almost caused an argument between me and a good friend this morning. Until – thankfully – we realised we were talking about two different things. Whether Novak should play in the Australian Open is a complex, nuanced discussion, with many connected areas: 1 :: Personal responsibilityShould Novak be allowed to make his own decisions about his health?[Does that mean we all have to agree with his decisions?] 2 :: Business responsibilityAs

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Beach Soccer Stories

The Beginnning I think he was a bit drunk when he called. We’d worked together on a few things by then, so I was used to his enormous ideas. But what he said next threw me. “I’ve just been watching beach soccer on the telly.”“Right. And…?”“I think we should run an event.”“…” Four months later, we did. In just a few weeks, we became the UK’s leading beach soccer experts. [It’s probably more accurate to

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Technology. Environment. People.

Roughly 10,000 years ago, the First Agricultural Revolution saw humans begin to shift from being hunter-gatherers to farmers. People used technology, and it changed their environment. In the late 18th century, the First Industrial Revolution started the move away from farming and towards factories. People used technology, and it changed their environment. In the early 21st century, we are seeing the same thing happen again in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The technology we create affects

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