The Strengths Blog

When I ask people what comes into their mind when they consider the word leadership, they generally picture someone at the front, taking charge of other people, encouraging and directing them. But in order to lead others well, you need to lead yourself well…and that has to come first. I don’t mean this in a

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It’s hard to hear negative feedback, isn’t it? Our mind body and soul wants to resist hearing that your procrastination caused a major issue on a project… or that you hurt someone’s feelings when you thought you were “just being honest”….. or that your boss’s boss finds you “difficult”… But it’s a gift. It really is.

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Her reply stopped me in my tracks. “Sorry?” I said. “I sent an email thanking everyone; and we’re having a meeting this afternoon to discuss what to do differently next time” A really challenging, highly public event had gone extremely well, so well that this whole approach was going to be rolled out worldwide. But the

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I was speaking on leadership at a conference recently and we asked that each attendee write down the one action they were going to take as a result of attending my session. We summarised the actions and were curious to see which element of my presentation prompted action. Interestingly it was the concept of having

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For many people, it’s performance review season and it’s a time that many dread. But why? After all, it’s intended to be a moment of reflection and anticipation, of celebration and commiseration, of stretch and of opportunity. Isn’t it?… Unfortunately all too often performance review conversations are focussed on the negative rather than on the

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What’s your gut answer? Yes? No? Maybe? Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman recommends that all leaders write a self-review once a year, then share it with the people who work for them to compare feedback in order to, “Make sure you would work for yourself”. It begs the question, doesn’t it? Would you work for

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Anyone who reads my posts regularly will know that most of my posts are about positive leadership. And rightly so as positive leadership is proven to increase productivity, creativity and profitability. But sometimes even the most positive of people need to deliver some negative feedback. After all, even the best performers sometimes need to hear it.

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“My strengths are that I’ve been there before and have the experience. Weaknesses? I don’t know. Maybe compassion. I have passion, but maybe compassion is something. I expect these players to go out and take care of business. I fully think that the reason they’ll want to win is because we lost the 2012 Ryder

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I’m not Scottish. I don’t live in Scotland. I don’t have a vote in today’s elections. But I’ve certainly heard a lot of people passionately debating the important issues around the question of Scottish independence. There’s no doubt that this is a significant moment in history and as a result thousands of people have campaigned, argued

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Whenever I see someone (often literally) pointing the finger at someone else, I smile wryly. And the angrier they are, the more fun it is to ask: “If your criticism of him was actually feedback to yourself …. what would that feedback be?” If I get my timing right then the response is often a very

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