The power of example

By Derek on July 25, 2017

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At the 1993 annual meeting of the American Heart Association, 300,000 doctors, nurses and researchers met to discuss, among other things, the importance a low-fat diet plays in keeping our hearts healthy.  Yet, during mealtimes, the delegates consumed fat-filled food such as bacon cheeseburgers and fries – at about the same rate as other people […]

The Heart of a Leader

By Derek on July 23, 2017

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An Olympic equestrian champion was once asked. “How does your horse know when it has to leap the hedges and hurdles, and why do some horses turn away or stumble?” The woman answered, “That’s simple, You tear your heart out of your body and throw it over the hedge.  The horse knows how desperate you […]

Every trap has a bait…

By Derek on July 19, 2017

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A professional bird catcher or ‘Fowler’ in the days previous to firearms captured birds with nets spread on the ground, in traps and snares.  There was also a practice of taking young birds from a nest, raising them by hand and using them to call others of their kind to come to their aid, then […]

Is the Leader worth their salt?

By Derek on July 16, 2017

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Whenever you put salt on food, you never say that was great salt, but rather that was great food and it tasted great. Likewise, whenever you are salt to a group of people, people don’t go away saying what a great person you are, but rather what a great group or meeting that was. The […]

Everyone has a story..

By Derek on July 13, 2017

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If we listen to the experts (they’re usually based at least 40 miles from home), we would know that success is best obtained if a young person works really hard at school and even harder at university. They then get onto the career ladder and off they go, catapulting into the world of work. No […]

Striking a work/life balance..

By Derek on July 8, 2017

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It always interests me to see people work through the various stages of life, for instance those finishing school, college or university and setting out into the world of work for the first time.  It’s nice to watch the satisfaction of that first pay packet and the promise of so much more. Then fast forward […]

The Trust Factor in Leadership

By Derek on July 2, 2017

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In 2009 a Gallup research team asked more than 10,000 followers what the most influential leaders contribute to their lives.  Four basic needs were identified in this study: Trust Compassion Stability Hope The last two initially got me thinking.  So many leaders have to provide stability in difficult times, yet also at the same time […]