The case for women-only programmes 3

We decided to run a women only leadership programme after observing how the conversations we were having with female leaders changed dependent on whether men were in the room or not. Even in groups where we asked if the women would like to have a conversation with or without men in the room and they [...]

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5 leadership tips for success in 2015

1.Work on your own Happiness: according to research our set-level for happiness is between 40-50% and controlled by our genes and environment. This means we can control 50-60% of the happiness we experience. Happiness is not connected to money, unless it’s the practice of giving it away. People who give money away appear to sustain greater [...]

The Children’s Fire: ancient wisdoms inspiring leadership 2

Watch this powerful video by Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney, founder of Embercombe. Mac cites the Native American principle of governance that: “No law, no action, no decision shall be taken that will harm the children” – this is simple calling of the Children’s Fire – for us to take responsibility for the next 7 generations; in [...]

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Develop Talent or Buy In?

    Talent and HR professionals are often faced with the challenge of whether to develop their existing managers or buy in new skills. An important question you need to ask is can you develop the resources you have and build on their existing skills, or do you choose to look outside of the organisation [...]

Leading through Crisis: What the Ebola outbreak has taught us about Leadership

By John McCann:  According to the World Health Organisation there has now been a total of 9936 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in five affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria and Senegal) up to [...]


The Power of your Network

In his book Become a Key Person of Influence, David Priestley says that “going to networking event looking for a client is like trying to get to China on foot. If you want to go to China, you don’t want to go one step at a time, you want to figure out who already flies [...]



Culture building

Culture must be more than skin deep.   Company culture and cultural fit has a huge impact on your productivity, your willingness to offer ideas and your day-to-day happiness.  Participating in building a culture is crucial if you want to work in the kind of environment you aspire to experience. Culture is the behavioural expression [...]

Simplicity is key

Before I joined ‘Making Great Leaders’ I, like many, made the mistake of overthinking the basic concepts of leadership.  I saw Leaders in the workplace as authoritarian, sometimes intimidating and often ‘always right’. Now I have a very different view. I see Leaders that are humble, inquisitive to my ideas, always wanting to learn more [...]


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Letting Go

I have been really struck over the last few weeks by the dynamics in relationships – both personally and professionally. All around me I see the power of great relationships and the destructiveness of fractured ones. When they are in flow and working well, they are a joy to be part of and to observe. [...]