Category Archives: courage

Adaptable Leadership in the Public Sector: Courage to take the Strengths-based Approach for Key Outcomes

Introduction The early 2000s was a febrile period for public services in the UK when government expected improved outcomes for increased funding levels and regulatory inspection and audits were expanding in scale and reach. Direct or implicit intervention was an ever present risk if failure was suspected. Resilient and adaptable leaders were expected to craft effective responses to the challenges. Some interventions took the form of relatively ‘light-touch’ oversight of specific services. In other cases the interventions were more dramatic and included: Leadership teams excised from the organisation Interim leaders installed Governmental appointees sent to guide and oversee improvement Councillors… Read more
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Performance Improvement – Ten Lessons for great sporting and organisational performance

I’d originally intended this blog piece to be about some very recent conversations I’d had with Chief Executives and Chairs of charities about their organisations and how they approach thinking about and implementing strategic planning and performance improvement. It hasn’t quite turned out that way. I think you’ll see why shortly, ‘though I will return to those conversations in another blog soon. A particular prompt to these conversations about performance improvement has been not only the organisational perspectives I’m perennially interested in, but a far more personal and individual one. In fact, it’s about my thoughts around my continuing and… Read more
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The Secrets of Great Groups

I’m re-reading a tremendous book I picked up a while ago ‘- Leader to Leader’, from the Drucker Foundation. It’s a compendium of short, highly readable articles by great leaders and organisational thinkers and researchers. One particular article has my attention at the moment. Warren Bennis in his article, ‘The Secrets of Great Groups’ suggests there are enduring lessons to be learnt not only from studying personal leadership, but from studying group leadership. He suggests that the “few great accomplishments are ever the work of a single individual”. Mythology refuses to catch-up with reality, according to Bennis, so the myths… Read more
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Experiment! Don’t wait to be an expert to try some thing new

  In a recent blog post at Random Acts of Leadership, http://randomactsofleadership.com/experiment-like-an-expert/ Susan Mazza introduced the notion that too often we wait until we are ‘experts’ in something before we have the confidence to act. Whereas in her recent experience the way forward is often to give ourselves permission to experiment; to follow two rules: STOP trying to figure it all out and START experimenting! Experience is truly the best teacher This reminded me of how I became involved with and then started to use Appreciative Inquiry (AI). I first heard of AI at a business breakfast event in 2001… Read more
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Courage and authenticity in times of change

Peter Drucker once remarked that “my greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.” It was a self-deprecating quip. But it also contained a grain of truth. He also said, ““I can only ask questions. The answers have to be yours.” So it is now, whether as a facilitator, consultant, or adviser, it’s the power of the questions we ask that can illuminate complex change and transformation efforts. Once we think about questions, we also need to consider what sort of questions, e.g. are they deficit-based, i.e. what’s the problem here, or are they… Read more
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