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media balanced or baloney

Blog: The media – balanced or baloney?

Faced with a complicated news story to present, many media producers seek out so-called experts to explain to us, ill-informed listeners or viewers, what is really going on. But are they really moving us towards the answers we desperately need?

The trouble with experts

Blog: The trouble with experts

As the world gets more confusing and complicated, who do we turn to for answers? We tend to trust an expert, but real wisdom is driven by diversity.

What’s the key ingredient for a successful team?

Blog: What’s the key ingredient for a successful team?

It has been an Olympic fiesta like never before for Britain: their best medal haul in 108 years, second in the medal table, the only host nation to go on to win more medals at the next Olympics. Liz Nicholl, CEO of UK Sport, has declared that Britain is now a “sporting superpower”. But what …Read more

Having it all

Blog: From having it all to integrating it all

“Having it all” – remember the term? As in “She has it all.  A great career, wonderful husband, perfect children, a lovely house, body of a 20 year old and permanently manicured nails.” It was the achievement bar that was high and essentially unachievable. The result? Many people suffered from a sense of shame and …Read more

doing less

Why doing less can help you achieve more

Stepping back and even stepping up to take a higher perspective can help executives see that a singular focus on ‘doing’ ignores two other really important dimensions.

Are you all there

Are you “all there”?

If you are a James Bond fan you will be familiar with the character of Q. A geeky individual who comes up with some very clever stuff that helps Bond maintain his edge. Well, at Complete Coherence we are lucky enough to have our very own Q, or “O” as well call him (his name …Read more

Negotiation success is all about accessing another dimension of leadership

Negotiation success is all about accessing another dimension of leadership

Negotiation skills workshops have to be one of the most popular training courses in recent corporate history. Executives sign up hoping to acquire all sorts of skills and manoeuvres to get a great deal.

Bosses behaving like children

Bosses behaving like children

Sometimes when I’m observing boards or executive teams and the way they interact, I get flashbacks … to the school playground. Many people believe that when we reach adulthood we have matured. My experience of boards and executive teams would suggest otherwise. Anyone that has children or has interacted with children knows very well that …Read more

Buckaroo management

Buckaroo management

Does this scene sound familiar? You’ve got a number of projects running at the same time. As soon as someone comes up with another idea, you add another project to your list. You’re just adding more and more to your workload. You decide you need a project manager to manage all these projects. All the …Read more

Narcissistic boss

Narcissistic Boss – Immune to Change?

There was a compelling piece in the FT recently by Naomi Shragai detailing the challenges of dealing with a narcissistic CEO or boss. Most senior executives are all too familiar with the charismatic, colourful charmer who is aggressive, controlling, status conscious, self-obsessed and volatile. However, their passion, ambition and intensity serve them well and many …Read more

Wake up

Wake up, own up, grow up, show up: The four steps towards brilliant performance

Step one: Wake up I first woke up to the idea that I might be in charge of my own mind way back in the late 80s early 90s. Whilst leading a significant business turnaround in a really tough climate I had sought the support of a coach. During the coaching sessions I realised that …Read more

Coherence

How to take your first step towards coherence

I was chatting to someone the other day who had read my book. They were being very complementary, but then she asked me: where do I start? If I want to change my life for the better, what’s the first step? I thought I’d share with you my answer. There is a tendency to think …Read more