Category Archives: Leadership

Caught in a monkey trap?

  Apparently people in India use a simple trick to capture monkeys. The trapper fastens a piece of cord to a tree. On the other end he attaches a coconut. The coconut has a hole just big enough for the monkey to put his hand in. Inside the coconut the trader puts some nuts or […]

Why do so many leaders fail to delegate effectively

Video:  In this video, I look into the question Why so many people who want to delegate fail to do so effectively? Before I answer this question, let’s look at why delegation is important. The number 1 reasons to delegate is to have more time for the things that you like and are really good […]

Intuition and decision making

  Use your intuition for better decisions in uncertain situations Have you recently had to make a big decision such as taking a new job, hiring a new employee, starting or ending a business or deciding where to invest? Did you feel you had enough information? How did you go about it? In each of these […]

Managing in Meltdown

Multiple challenges arising at the same time can threaten the very existence of a start-up. Here are some tips for surviving a meltdown. For new organisations, survival is the first prerequisite for growth. Yet small organisations usually fail. Across the EU, over 50% of businesses fail within five years1, a similar figure to the US. When […]

Why Koalas are stupid and trees don’t need a brain

“Use your brain”, said one of the workshop participants when I asked about the kind of behaviour they would like to see in their company. “What do you mean?” I said. “Well, the best people in our organisation are those who use their brains and will come to us with solutions – not only problems […]

Choices and Decisions – Don’t confuse the two

October is a great time to review your choices and decision. But don’t confuse the two, because the two words mean different things. “We are our Choices”  – Jean Paul Sartre STORY I recently learned that a CHOICE is not the same as a DECISION. Choices are needed to clarify priorities, while decisions are needed to […]