Generating a Leader

By Derek on May 21, 2018

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Yes it’s true that leadership can mean many things to different people depending on their values and experiences. It involves a great deal both technically and relationally but what does the term Leader really mean? Simply put by some is the notion that a leader is someone people follow, or another widely used phrase is […]

Selfish of selfless?

By Derek on May 14, 2018

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Why is it that some people only talk about what they’re doing and what they’ve done. It’s as if you don’t really exist, they’re so busy going on and on about themselves? Why is it that some friendships are so one sided?  Although they could well go on forever provided you do all the running, […]

Getting the balance right

By Derek on April 30, 2018

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Many of us are pulled in so many directions with competing priorities, so the question is, ‘How in the world can we find balance?’ What do I mean when I say balance? I’m talking about getting our time right.  I hear people saying all the time, ‘I’m so busy that I don’t know which way […]

Leaders and followers

By Derek on April 23, 2018

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Just because someone has a title, it doesn’t necessarily make them a leader.  Some of the most influential leaders in organisations don’t have a ‘title’ per se, but they are being followed. If you were to go to a course, a retreat, or a gathering of say 20 people who had met each other for […]

Original is best

By Derek on April 16, 2018

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I’ve come to realise more and more the important distinction between copying and being original.  Of course we can all learn from others who are successful and have travelled further down the road so to speak. Role models are great, but comparison however can be dangerous. I’ve met people who’ve become obsessed about modelling their […]

Call the Mentor

By Derek on April 9, 2018

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We can all recount times in our lives when we’ve received advice that has shaped our future. We may not have recognised or indeed liked it at the time, but looking back it was worth the discomfort. Most probably we were being mentored in some capacity, although we may not have realised it at the […]

Have you ever been misunderstood?

By Derek on March 26, 2018

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Actually, it’s a lot easier than you think. Our intentions are often misread by well meaning, but ill informed people and if we’re not careful we can be pigeon holed into a particular category by those who are quick to judge. Recently, I heard a story of a woman who had an elderly relative she […]

Life is not an entitlement

By Derek on March 19, 2018

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I remember years ago travelling to work via a back country road where I passed a small petrol station (that’s what it was called back then). Each day as I drove past, the owner was standing with his money bag over his shoulder waiting for the next car to pull in. The picture of this […]

What we weren’t taught at college.

By Derek on March 12, 2018

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I’m all for education, but so much of life is learned at a different school. We attend this one every day whether we realise it or not – the school of life is a big one and it’s international. It’s good to remember the type of thing we learn at this school and I’ve listed a […]

The role of the Interim is still in demand

By Derek on March 5, 2018

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I know the term ‘Interim’ still has a number of variations in meaning depending who you talk to, but the original reference being that of an adaptable short-term Senior Manager, still holds true for many organisations today.  Yes, some recruiters have used the term interim to refer to temporary posts, which in my view is […]