New Leadership is Required – again!

“There are a few fertile fields in which there has been a decline of leadership, and in which the new type of leader may find an abundance of opportunity.

First – In the field of politics, there is a most insistent demand for new leaders; a demand which indicates nothing less than an emergency. The majority of politicians have, seemingly, become high-grade legalised racketeers. They have increased taxes and debauched the machinery of industry and business until the people can no longer stand the burden.

Second – the Banking business is undergoing a reform. The leaders in this field have almost entirely lost the confidence of the public. Already the bankers have sensed the need of reform, and they have begun it.

Third – Industry calls for new leaders. The old type of leaders thoughts and moved in terms of dividends instead of thinking an moving in terms of human equations! The future leader in industry, to endure, must regard himself as a quasi-public official whose duty it is to manage his trust in such as a way that it will work hardship on no individual, or group of individuals. Exploitation of working men is a thing of the past. Let that man who aspires to leadership in the field of business, industry and labour remembers this.

Fourth – The religious leader of the future will be forced to give more attention to the temporal needs of his followers, in the solution of their economic and personal problems of the present, and less attention to the dead past and the yet unborn future.

Fifth – In the professions of law, medicine, and education, a new brand of leadership, and to some extent, new leaders will become a necessity. This is especially true in the field of education. The leader is that field must, in the future, find ways and means of teaching people how to apply the knowledge they receive in school. He must deal more with practice and less with theory.

Sixth – New leaders will be required in the field of Journalism. Newspapers of the future, to be conducted successfully, must be divorced from ‘special privilege’ and relieved from the subsidy of advertising. They must cease to be organs of propaganda for the interests which patronise their advertising columns. The type of newspaper which publishes scandal and lewd pictures will eventually go the way of all forces which debauch the human mind.

These are but a few of the fields in which opportunity for new leaders and a new brand of leadership are now available”

So, what do you think – do you agree that everything that I’ve printed above is an accurate reflection of the state of the Britain and the world in 2012?

Your comments are most welcome.

One thing that I should point out though is everything that I have written above is take from the book – “Think and Grow Rich”, written by Napoleon Hill and published in 1937!

Isn’t it amazing that history repeats itself time and time again!



Are you sick of recruitment agencies?

I have to say that the reputation of most recruitment agents and consultancies is not great!

And, as both a client and as a candidate, I’ve first hand experience of how they’ve achieved this enviable reputation!

Obviously not every agent/ consultancy is the same – there are some stand out examples, including Intuitive Interim & Executive Search.

However, what I’ve always struggled with is why there is so many issues around the pricing mechanism and the rebates/ guarantees on offer. This along with the need to feel values and not just another number has led me to establish a small niche offering, which I’ve cheekily called

This offers a bespoke service, one that is based upon really understanding the role and the company needs, one that is based upon search rather than simply advertising led, one that is offered at a fixed price and one that comes with an absolute guarantee.

I’m not trying to take over the world with this offering. I’m very focused on providing a honest service to a select number of clients to value the personal touch.

See for yourself and please recommend me to your professional contacts.


The keys to an optimistic outlook

Just been reading a magazine from the states and it highlights the keys to developing an optimistic outlook. they are;

1. stop being your own worst enemy – be you own best friend

2. don’t put yourself down, pull yourself up

3. don’t allow others to define who you are

4. respect yourself and place a high value on yourself

5. replace ‘I can’t’ with ‘I can’ and ‘I will’

6. treat yourself the way that you want others to treat you

7. be compassionate – love yourself and others will love you

8. visualise what you want from life, then work toward it – see it, then be it

9. allow time to be yourself, with yourself – take time to appreciate yourself

10. enjoy your uniqueness

What a difference it would make to the world if we all developed an optimistic outlook. As they say, everything starts somewhere, so why not with you!


Bringing public sector spending under control

What needs to be done to bring public sector spending under control?

That’s the question that is facing the new government and over the coming weeks and months, we will start to find out what they are planning to help realise this ambition.

The CBI have released a report entitled – A time for action, reforming public services and balancing the budget – get a copy if you can – it’s really insightful.

However, one area that is not covered in this report and hasn’t been covered in any articles that I have seen is something that is fundamental in business and moreover sport. Aggregation of marginal gains is utilised in sport all the time and many businesses have started to look at this and have adapted things like lean and six sigma to create opportunities to improve performance.

How can this be applied within the public sector?

We all know that there is waste in the public sector. However, what we don’t seem to be doing too much is improving each and every element of all actions. By assessing what is done, evaluating whether it can be done better, and applying small improvements at each stage, this aggregation of marginal gains will deliver a massive return.

Monthly Book Club – May 2010

Apologies that there was no book club in April – I ended up getting very busy with client commitment and had to go overseas frequently.

So what have I been reading this month?

The Art of Influence is written by Chris Widener and published by Doubleday.

I don’t always like the use of a parable to describe business related topics. However, in this instance, Chris uses the process to great effect.

A self assured young business school graduate gets the opportunity to spend the weekend with one of the wealthiest and most successful businessmen in the world. Through this experience, he learns the lessons of a lifetime.

The golden rules of influence are;

1. live a life of undivided integrity

2. always demonstrate a positive attitude

3. consider other people’s interest as more important than your own

4. don’t settle for anything less than excellence

5. character is more important than skill

A really easy read that gets you thinking

The principle of growth…. The principle of life…

The principle of growth… The principle of life…

Life is a matter of challenge, when you want to grow in any aspect of your life you have to consider challenges.

Ask yourself and answer it very honestly, is there any growth in your life?

Or are you having the true growth in your life that you desire?

Take an audit of your life. Are the changes in your life providing you an advancement to your career or your business? Get the passion back to your life.

 Here are some Famous Quotes that successful businessmen lived by along with my comment.

 “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” –Henry David Thoreau

 Or I’d rather say, success comes to those who deserve it. Love is like love, it doesn’t matter how much you have in the beginning but how much you can gain until the end. Thus, love your job and work hard for it, you’ll surely benefit to it in return.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” –Thomas A. Edison

Once you started to join any venture, never give up too easily. It is a fact that most of the time, people tend to walk away and not realizing they’re very close to succeeding they desires in life. Stand to what you believe is right and fight for it.

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” –John Maxwell 

A successful person believes in his abilities that he can do anything positively, but the unsuccessful person believes that he can be successful yet fail to have faith in his own abilities. So choose whether you want to be successful or not.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” –Winston Churchill

Failure is the greatest challenge to anyone. It makes us stronger and wiser. Thus, success can never be success without the pain we had from failures and wrong decisions. However, we should always be optimistic that everything is possible and believe that there’s no so-called “LUCKY” success is a matter of hardworking, guts and faith in one’s self.

Motivate yourself: What is success to you?

“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way

“The only difference between a rich person and poor person is how they use their time

“Your future is created by what you do today not tomorrow

“The primary reason people seek job security is because that is what they are taught to seek at home, and at school… then with debt loads, they must cling even tighter to a job, or professional security, just to pay the bills.

Monthly Book Club – March 2010

For the last 20 years, I have been heavily involved in managing corporate change across a range of sectors and in both large and small organisations.

One thing is common in every experience that I’ve had – that the majority of people are totally uncomfortable with change!

Unsurprisingly then, I was attracted to the Book ‘Changability’ by Michael Jarrett, published by FT Prentice Hall.

The premise is that whilst change is inevitable, very few organisations achieve the benefits they should. Changability addresses the positive question of what makes people and organisations good at change and is based upon a 6 year study involving 5000 managers from around the world.

Jarrett concludes that there are three core factors;

1. internal capabilities

2. the external environment

3. leadership

The book provides an excellent assessment of the issues directors need to think about. Its also packed with tips and tools of value to anyone implementing change.

I have developed six presentations taking you step by step through the implementation of effective change. You can download your copies here –