2018 has been a very turbulent year, especially when we look at what has been going on in the world – dare I mention the “B” word again and all the leaders involved in that process to execute the will of the British public, the turbulence in the USA that came with Trump leadership, the unrest in France, challenges to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and many more issues that have created news in 2018.
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Teresa May quoted in a recent press conference on the reaction to the Brexit plan that has just been signed by all 27 member states – “Great leadership is not about taking the easy route, it is about making difficult decisions.” Putting Brexit aside - I hear a sigh of relief? This quote is at the heart of what effective leaders are faced with on a regular basis – that self questioning and draw of the easy route, which we all know rarely delivers, or taking that difficult decision which one knows will meet opposition, denial, ridicule and even refusal.
Peter F. Drucker the management guru, once said, “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
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This whole affair on Brexit has given the lime-light to many so called leaders, who perhaps would not have had that opportunity should the British public have voted to remain.
Looking into characteristics of inspirational and successful leaders, I have not found one that refers to attention seeking, taking the credit for the results, putting him or herself first before the goals of the country, business, department or team, or anything that might suggest that effective leaders need attention from their followers, and or the limelight? On the contrary, I was under the impression that the opposite is true, a good dose of humility.
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According to research nearly half a million people in the UK have work-related stress that is making them ill, resulting in sick leave and absenteeism. It is estimated that 12 million working days are lost each year in the UK due to stress-related illness. (HSE.gov.co.uk)
The dictionary defines stress as “ a forcibly exerted influence usually causing distress or strain.” In short stress is any factor, positive or negative that requires a response or change. Medical research recognizes that chronic ongoing stress can lead to illness, aggravate existing disease conditions and accelerate aging. Common stressors include most aspects of life in the Western world – work related, financial, emotional and environmental, as well as nutritional factors.
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The sad news last week of the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul and Kofi Annan the statesman who spent his life dedicated to a fairer and more peaceful world, leaves two huge empty pairs of shoes for someone to step into. Their contributions to this world, their ability to touch the minds, hearts and souls of so many is true inspiration, and phenomenal leadership.
Annan set up the Kofi Annan Foundation in 2007 after stepping down from the role of Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006), to build a “Road to Peace” with the premise that “No long term peace is possible without development and no sustainable development is possible without peace. No society can remain prosperous without the rule of law and respect for human rights”.
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It is easy to get on a soap-box and start to spout about eating habits and following a healthy food regime, to be self-righteous and ignore the challenges of day to day life, our dietary inheritance and most of all the quickening life pace that most of us are forced to succumb to.
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Singer/songwriter Rick Astley announced that he will be releasing his eighth studio album this year which is entitled 'Beautiful Life'. I was listening to the conversation between Rick Astley and a well-known Radio 2 DJ about the album. More importantly about why Rick wrote a song called “Beautiful Life” and named the album with the same name.
Rick said something very pertinent in answer to the question “Why Beautiful Life? In his answer he explained that in fact he has had a beautiful life, with the exception of a few curveballs. Most importantly, he continued with words to the effect that it is all about how you look at life and how you regard things that are thrown at you and things that happen to you, and I might add things you do to yourself.
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Working with individuals on work-life balance, as well as with groups, I am seeing more and more people with adrenal stress, very often caused by stress from work. Reasons for the stress vary, however these can be self inflicted, such as wanting to be a perfectionist, the inability to say “no”, poor time management, inability to delegate as well as procrastination by putting things off. As for external factors that might cause stress, the first one springing to mind is living in a blame culture, thus creating an environment of fear. Inappropriate leadership styles and habits such as a boss who doesn’t listen, a manipulative leader who can only influence by using manipulation techniques, a boss who lives in crisis due to poor planning and time management or a boss who is unable to com
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I recently had the displeasure of being subjected to the pre flight security at Terminal 5. On the best occasions this is not fun, but a necessity. On average I travel through an airport approximately every six weeks. Not a lot some might say? Irrelevant of how you perceive the frequency, this last experience got me thinking about the role of personnel responsible for pre flight security screening.
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On the 8th March to celebrate International Women’s day perhaps it is appropriate give credit to the many female Heads of State, CEO’s, Owners and Mothers. How interesting that the world has a strong representation of female leaders, 22 countries in total including Denmark, Poland, Bangladesh, Lithuania, Brazil and Norway. This is quite a sizeable representation of women in top leadership positions, some in countries that are culturally showing more masculine than feminine qualities.