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Month: March 2021

Questions Leaders Can Ask

Today’s question that leaders can ask is: Who else needs to be part of this discussion? It’s an important question because leaders must invite diverse experiences and opinions to ensure the best decisions are reached and group think is avoided. Inclusion doesn’t just happen. Inclusive behaviours need role modelling. Who else needs to be part […]

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Questions Leaders Can Ask

The first question in this ‘Questions Leaders Can Ask’ series is: What matters most to you and your team? It’s a brilliant question for the following reasons: 1. It shows you care 2. It hones in on what is most important to front line staff 3. It provides vital information about barriers to productivity and […]

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Have you got some old pyracantha in your courses?

Recently I spent some time cutting down an old pyracantha bush. And the next step will be to dig the roots out and replace it with something that is right for the garden today. It reminded me of some work I did last week, reviewing some old online materials. They included a couple of models […]

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Animal Strategies – Zebra & their responses to threats

Business leaders have been responding to the COVID threat over the past year. The zebra, according to Stephen Berry, in his book Strategies of the Serengeti, has six key responses to threat: Fight, Flight, Flock, Freeze, Fragment and Frolic. For businesses to be able to fight their way back from the crisis they will need […]

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Strategy animals: The Cheetah

The cheetah has one strategy: speed. It’s the fastest land animal over short distances and it uses its speed to hunt down its prey and get there first. Getting there first in business is the stuff of legends, whether its bringing a new product to market or spotting a gap in the market or adapting […]

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Today’s strategy animal: The Hippo

The hippo is King of the river, where it has no predators. In the river the hippo moves effortlessly along, its skin cooled by the water. The hippo is sociable in the river and spends as much time as possible bathing. In Strategies of the Serengeti, Berry uses the hippo to illustrate the term “know […]

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Leaders set the tone of the organisation

  Recently I was in a discussion about the impact of leaders on organisational culture. It reminded me of Stephen Berry’s Strategies of the Serengeti and the first chapter of the book: Giraffe. He uses the giraffe as a metaphor for leadership vision. And that’s because the giraffe is not only very tall, it has […]

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