In "Leadership Insights" we'll be using our blog space to regularly share our experience and reflections on the multiple challenges leaders face in today's complex and ambiguous business landscape.
Escaping the prison of achievement - Learning how to reinvent yourself to become a successful “ex-partner”
Monday 26th October 2020
For people at the top of their game in professional services firms the road to retirement can be a profoundly unsettling one. The frightening void that replaces the structured, stimulating days of client delivery can lead to confusion, frustration and plunging self - esteem. Followed by a challenging journey of self- reinvention, and ultimately renewed purpose and identity. Professional services firms necessarily attract lawyers, accountants, management consultants and engineers that are highly intelligent but also slightly insecure, over-achievers. This need to achieve can see them prioritise the immediate demands of clients and the firm at the expense of their own well-being. Spending time reflecting on deeper questions about their own identity, purpose, fulfilment and life beyond…
Sunday 20th September 2020
"The pandemic has unleashed amazing innovation across the service, with new ways of working, new ways of supporting patients, and new collaboration between services. We don't want to go back to the NHS as it was, we want to emerge in a new place. This is about reset not just recovery." Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation The challenge of resetting not just recovering The restoration of NHS services after COVID-19 needs to be about reset, as well as recovery. Starting this work again needs to be done carefully with local health leaders deciding what is best for their local communities and what can be managed. We know staff will need downtime to recover and process the emotional impact of what…
Wednesday 2nd January 2019
When asked about the root of her success Victoria Pendleton, Gold Medal winner at London's 2012 Olympics, put it down to "marginal gains". Thinking of everything that goes into riding a bike competitively and then improving each element by 1%, to get a significant shift in overall performance. This included better hand washing techniques and athletes taking their own pillows and bedding to hotels, when competing, to ensure improved sleep. Like Victoria Pendleton we can think of ourselves as "leadership athletes", focusing on the "marginal gains" we can make to how we sustain and renew our well - being and performance as leaders when under pressure. In this article I'd like to explore: The nature of "power stress" that can affect leaders…