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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Positive Leadership: The Scottish Independence Referendum - #NoThanks #indyref

Now is not the time for Scotland to sleepwalk into 300 years of separation, isolation, idealism and insecurity.

Instead now is the time for realism; the time to build on a Union of over 300 years; the time to ensure Scotland punches above its weight in the global political and economic landscape of the 21st century.

This is the unique opportunity afforded Scots by voting No in next week’s independence referendum.

Instead of adopting the negative underdog mantle, where everything is someone else’s fault and where we relish in glorious failure, now is the time to exert our confidence as a proud and responsible people within the framework of a Union that, albeit not perfect, has nevertheless served us well through thick and thin.

Nationalists have a convenient way of inventing history to argue for separation and isolation. However, Scots can come together next week as a proud people, supremely confident in our role within the UK and within the wider global economy and build a robust future together with our friends south of the border and beyond.

In an ever more competitive and dangerous world, now is the time to secure our friends and allies, whether they are in Westminster, Brussels or Washington. It is not the time to isolate ourselves within the rUK, Europe, the Commonwealth and internationally.

The spirited idealism and tribalism of the Scottish nationalists is founded on quick sand. It is nationalism flawed and defenseless in its lack of detail and in its enormous risks. Who really wants to become the next Spain, with youth unemployment of over 54% – and that’s without the sun.

Voting No to an ill-conceived and not even negotiated separation from the UK is the only sensible course of action for those not blinded by the emotion and unsubstantiated claims of the nationalists.

We are already a proud, confident and successful nation within the Union; a Union that is built on common decency, trust and integrity and guarded by a monarch descended from a Union of two Crowns.

We do not need a badly conceived strategy of separation to reinforce the success of Scots through the ages.

Instead, we can secure a safe, inclusive and prosperous long-term future for a self-confident Scotland by voting No in next week’s referendum.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Positive Leadership: The Nature of Leadership

As the CEO and vice chairman of HCL Technologies, Vineet Nayar embarked on a journey to re-imagine and reinvent the nature of power, leadership, and value creation inside a vast organisation. 

Driven by the belief that the traditional management model—built to serve control-obsessed managers rather than to support customer-obsessed employees—was broken, Vineet launched a series of experiments in promoting transparency, opening up the realm of strategy to all employees, and reversing accountability so managers served frontline employees. 

During his tenure, HCLT grew from 30,000 to 85,000 employees and from $750 million to $6.3 billion in revenues. In this keynote from the inaugural MIX Mashup, Vineet unpacks his adventures in inverting the pyramid and distributing the work of leadership. It’s a master class in reinventing a large, traditional organisation and a short course in how to launch a management experiment.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Positive Leadership: Forces Fueling Values Based Leadership


Monday, June 09, 2014

Positive Leadership: How Great Firms Motivate Employees

Research shows that workers who are actively disengaged outnumber their more motivated colleagues by 2 to 1. 

The good news is that the companies that defy this trend do similar things – which you can use to build a more spirited workforce.

   Hire stellar HR people. The best HR people have a gift for influencing, teaching, and holding executives accountable. They're crucial guides for leaders and managers trying to develop employees.

   Use straightforward performance management systems. Companies with the highest engagement levels use recognition to develop employees and encourage them to reach their highest potential.

   Don't pursue engagement for its own sake. It's increasingly possible to measure and track engagement, but don't start "managing to the metric." Keep your eyes on the business goals that greater engagement can help you achieve.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Positive Leadership: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe


Friday, May 16, 2014

Positive Leadership: What is Success?


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Positive Leadership: Athletic Motivation

When we see a top athlete, we see someone who has dedicated thousands of hours to the pursuit of being titled number one. 

Whether we can understand their drive is one thing, but we can all admire their commitment. 

How they stay motivated is something we can all learn from. 

1. Talk through the stress – A 1993 study of athletes identified 158 unique strategies for coping with stress. The most common (used by 76 percent of interviewees) was ‘rational thinking and self-talk’. You've got to learn to coach your mind to work through the tough times and think like a winner. 

2. It’s all for love – You don’t persevere for the money. Most, even those at a national level, aren’t even duly compensated. It is the sheer love of sport that motivates them to train and play again and again - and again. 

3. Optimism – In a study of Commonwealth and Olympic athletes, “having an unshakeable belief in your ability to achieve competition goals” was a common definition of mental toughness. You need to believe that you have it within you to be the best. 

4. Anticipation - Our brains are built with an insular cortex, the more finely tuned it is the better we are at anticipating pressures and adapt to these quickly. It also gets better with practice. 

5. Good support – Whether it’s a coach, a parent, a partner or a boss, having solid support is the bedrock of success. 

6. Mindful - It’s not only being aware of what you’re doing, but how you’re feeling, how you’re breathing and accepting these without judgement. 

7. Thinking ahead – Keep your eye on the prize. Create short term goals to reach long term goals. Small victories keep you motivated to continue improvement.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Positive Leadership: Patience and Attitude


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Positive Leadership: Stop and Think


Monday, April 28, 2014

Positive Leadership: Great Leaders


Friday, April 25, 2014

Positive Leadership: Talent Management by Doug Conant


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Positive Leadership: Entrepreneurial Advice


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Positive Leadership: Fearless


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Positive Leadership: Experience


Monday, April 21, 2014

Positive Leadership: Followership


Friday, April 18, 2014

Positive Leadership: Easter Message

Even before Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Judeo-Christian tradition stressed the importance of having a set of overarching values embedded within the financial system if we wish to have a sustainable market economy. 
This cannot just be codified in the hope that controls will compel wider ethical behaviour. It won’t. Ethics have to be taught as well as caught.
What the recent Co-op debacle in the UK reminded us (appropriate for an Easter reflection) is that we all fall short of the mark.

So, while we are all capable of acting on the prompting of our consciences but we also need to practise a new calibration, away from legacy laissez-faire, moral setting and towards an enlightened sustainable self-interest.

The key message of Easter is that good can come out of bad situations.