To turn harder we must dig deeper. Like a rower, we carve hard into the fluid depths of our soul to find a resistance that will help us turn. It hurts at first because that deep place is still ‘me’ and wants to stay untouched. But when we are hurtling in the wrong direction down […]
The Ferocity Framework
Posts on practical and philosophical aspects of Ferocity.
I have always had a problem with having problems. I try to solve them alone. Feeling lonely? Surf the net late at night. Feeling afraid? Pretend the threat doesn’t exist. Embarrassed? Say something profoundly stupid to a person you admire. Inadequate? Write reams about how you ‘should/must/will’ do better than your world-class model but don’t […]
(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 […]
Last night I was chatting over a glass of wine with a friend of mine. His stories always captivate and surprise me and I usually leave convinced that he has been everywhere & done everything. We talked about projects in Italy and Vietnam; about sailing in the Mediterranean, the Pacific, Gippsland; how to publish a […]
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 […]
What’s a typical work celebration in your firm? Quiet, exotic, chatty, dignified, ceremonial, or just plain drunken? Is it a well-designed event with leadership objectives? In high performing expert firms, where the pressure to succeed is intense, celebration is often downplayed as fuzzy, ‘nice’, inessential or alcoholic. Celebration is not ‘serious’ enough so it becomes a default […]
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 […]
In the turbulence of a busy job – or of the transition between jobs – it’s easy to plough ahead with your to-do list, but omit the essential tasks for managing your career strategy. Here’s what you must design into your professional life to regain control – and have fun at the same time. Too […]
Have you ever been dumped? It’s tough when your career’s at stake.
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.