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The ultimate lesson of leadership - from 6th Century BC to Chocolate Hob Nobs!?!

The ultimate lesson of leadership - from 6th Century BC to Chocolate Hob Nobs!?!

More than 20 centuries of leadership wisdom condensed into less than 20 minutes. Using wisdom from the ancient world, the modern age and chocolate Hob Nobs discover there are only 2 things about leadership that you need to know - and do!

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If you allowed this to happen what kind of leader would you be?

If you allowed this to happen what kind of leader would you be?

The NHS is the best health service in the world.  Fact.  That’s not simply an opinion – last year an international panel of experts rated its care as superior to countries spending far more on health.

Today I had the privilege of running a leadership master class for NHS Scotland. They were engaged, challenging and appreciative – a pleasure to work with. Yet I couldn’t help but notice a sense of exhaustion. 

I know NHS demand far outstrips the available resource so the exhaustion is no surprise. But there was more to it than that. At the start of the day they were passionate but they weren’t proud. They were enthusiastic but not effervescent. They were interested but not inspired.

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It's all your fault

It's all your fault

Is it just me, or are menus fascinating?

I love pouring over them and getting excited about what I could choose – so much so my family are always trying to speed me up. Once in a while something on the specials board will leap out at me and I know exactly what I want without looking at the menu. If I go out for a meal with my father I know it’s best just to choose whatever he picks because he has a talent for choosing the tastiest meal on the menu and I will only end up with ‘food envy’ if I don’t follow suit! Or at the other end of the spectrum you can get someone to choose for you. In the early 90s, not long after the Berlin wall came down I went travelling round Eastern Europe. I remember entering a restaurant in Sofia to realise we didn’t have a hope of understanding the menu, nor they us. Our solution was to hand over some money and mime our request for them to bring whatever they thought we should eat. It was an experience I will never forget even though I still have no idea what some of it was!

Every day we are choosing from a menu. Sometimes we take a long time to work out what we want, sometimes we know it instinctively, sometimes we copy what other people are doing, and sometimes we simply let people choose for us.

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Look after your shed!

Look after your shed!

When I have too much to do and not enough time to do it over an extended period of time my behaviour starts to shift to 'less than inspirational'!  If you are a regular human being you are probably just the same.  

At times like this make sure you look after your shed.

That's not quite as strange as it sounds.  Your shed isn't the jumbled mess at the bottom of your garden, its the most basic things to practice when times are hard so that you can be at your best - and inspire the best in others.

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Conflict has the answer

Conflict has the answer

We’ve all been there. A difficult team meeting followed by furtive ‘corridor conversations.’ But not only have we been frustrated by these secret conversations – we will almost certainly have participated in them too. These conversations do far more than vent frustration – because in effect they undermine the very fabric of the team.

For the team to function effectively everything needs to be said in the room as a team. Holding back opinions, concerns and ideas until after the meeting weakens the decisions made, weakens the commitment to them, weakens relationships and weakens the team. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that the most effective teams will say what they really think in the meeting room so the team can have a full, clear picture before reaching a conclusion.

However, this takes understanding, an inclination to listen as a team, and most of all the courage to be vulnerable.

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