(Image courtesy Shutterstock) In my last blog, I looked at how to prepare for delegating important tasks, so that you’re free to deal with your biggest priorities and developing your team. My client Sarah was on quite a journey and we had to start with understanding how she pulled back from taking risks because she […]
Looking back at all the most successful CEOs I’ve met or read about, there’s one common thread. All of them had great teams of top performing executives whose role was to partner the CEO, not simply report to them. This is not an accident. Running an organisation of any size is complex and needs a […]
How to recover from a knock-out punch to your career. I don’t know anyone whose career has been a smooth ride; at least not anyone interesting! At some point, if you’re striving to succeed, you may get a knock-out punch, a humiliating career setback. How do you recover from that? How do you accelerate your […]
It goes in cycles, doesn’t it? Some commentator announces the end of everything as we know it, and then predicts the future. We are always passing the ‘Future’ of our past – we’re past the Back to the Future future, we’re past 1984, we’re sort of past the future of House of Cards (or are we?). […]
Dour? I was on a conference call this morning with a group of professionals. Lawyers, investment bankers and strategy advisors who mostly help medium-sized businesses. We had an interesting conversation about ‘the market’, which for their businesses is very driven by specialist transactions, such as selling a family business. It got a bit dour. ‘It’s […]
The Irish Sea is a cold place. Standing next to my brother we looked at each other. Even in mid summer, the water grips like frozen steel around your chest. You have to move to be warm enough to breathe, so in just a hint of rivalry he dived in and I followed. The cold […]
Vikings I’m a Viking. Well, at least, I have de Puytrens syndrome, a tightening of a finger tendon from an old injury, that the Norwegians call the Viking’s Disease. It’s not serious but it does mean I have Viking DNA! It helps me understand something about my family history going back a few generations. We […]
When you’re in a new role you can feel like a fraud. You can doubt whether anything you say can make a difference, especially if you feel your ‘stretch promotion’ means someone has secret doubts about you. Perhaps you’re creating a new role the organisation has never had before and you feel you have a lot […]
Jane’s new role as Chief Marketing Officer in her organisation was a ‘stretch promotion’ to the Senior Leadership Team, the top group of the business that made all the key strategic decisions.
An astonishing proportion of new executives, including CEOs, fail in the first 18months in the role. It may take another 18 months before they leave, which stalls their career and destroys value. There are three phases where you determine your success as an executive – preparation, induction and ongoing.