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  • Fail Harder!

    A key part of leadership is taking risks. Albert Eintstein defined insanity as ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. If we care deeply about something we will take a risk. If we have an illness and take the decision to take a drug that has potentially serious side-affects, we […]

  • Acknowledging our part of the mess!

    Facing up to an adaptive challenge requires us to put the problem at the centre, depersonalise it and then look at the various the various stakeholders and where they sit in relation to the problem. That all sounds very logical and depersonalised, however it gets interesting when we look at the part that we ourselves […]

  • What is Adaptive Leadership?

    Adaptive Leadership is ‘the practice of mobilising people to tackle tough challenges and thrive’ (source: The Practice of Adaptive Leadership; Heifetz, Grashow and Linsky).  The ‘tough’ challenges referred to are adaptive challenges… challenges which have unclear definitions and unclear solutions. New ground is being covered and there are no obvious solutions to the challenge at hand. […]

  • Harvard – The Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership – A Debrief

    ‘Where do we begin?’. The week started with a question and ended with many, which was very appropriate considering we were there to learn how to tackle leadership development in the face of adaptive challenges. We were a class of 62 from 20 different counties and 5 different continents. We were in a leadership laboratory where we […]

  • Leadership and Lifelong Learning

    I have just finished reading John Kotter’s book ‘Leading Change’. After finishing the book, I went back to the start to see when it was written and was amazed to see the year 1996 mentioned. Many business books are written and remain relevant for a year… this one is as relevant now as it was […]

  • Learning Agility

    A few months back I wrote an article about the value ‘stretch assignments’ in developing our leadership capabilities. An article in the recent CIPD magazine (People Management) entitled Deepening the talent pool through learning agility struck a chord with me along the same vein. It speaks of learning agility (our ability to learn and adapt to new situations) as […]

  • Young Social Innovators in the news – Missing Persons project

    Young Social Innovators is an initiative I am passionate about, not just because of the value of the projects transition year students work on, but also because  of the opportunity provided to the students to develop themselves. Yesterday one of the projects from Davis College was in the news as it is launching a 2012 calendar to raise […]

  • Book Review – The Emotionally Intelligent Manager

    I recently had the opportunity of doing a book review for Smarter Egg (a learning organisation based in Cork) as below. The Emotionally Intelligent Manager is a worthwhile read. The Emotionally Intelligent Manager Book Review

  • Using Coaching Skills as a Leader

    For leaders who are interested in developing coaching skills on the job, click on this link for some great suggestions from the Center for Creative Leadership: Coaching Others: Use Active Listening Skills

  • Having trouble staying focused?

    Have you ever read a book or listened to a discussion and found your mind wandering? Has anyone ever mentioned ‘listening skills’ as a challenge for you? Have you so much going on you are not sure what to focus on first and flit to from one thing to the next? This morning I was […]