May 15, 2020 8:00 am - Posted by Pete_Hamill

During a black-belt test, in Japanese martial arts, the candidate will sit at one end of the mat, and three or more opponents will sit at the other end. At the moment indicated by the teacher, the opponents will attack.  To pass the test the candidate needs to find a way to be in charge. […]

May 7, 2020 7:04 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

As I read my social media streams, there are some who argue that this is a turning point and that this will change everything – going back to normal is not an option because of how the world was working. It’s an interesting question – will this pandemic change global trends, change how we deal […]

March 9, 2020 10:18 am - Posted by Pete_Hamill

Resilience is a current trend in organisations, often connected to the themes of wellbeing and mental health. People are shipped through half-day modules on how they can be more resilient, and stressed and overworked leaders are told they must be role models for resilience – “as if we’re not busy enough,” they often seem to […]

August 30, 2019 7:16 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

Where there’s a diverse range of people and opinions, there will always be conflict. The success of any organisation hinges not on trying to get rid of conflict, but instead on learning how to manage it better.  There’s only one organisation that I have worked with, where people had physical altercations in the office. That […]

October 1, 2018 7:13 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

To develop into more connected, purposeful leaders, we need to become more attuned to our emotional and physical responses to difficult situations. ‘Is that the opposite of disembodied leadership?’ is a quip I sometimes get when I mention this concept. It’s meant as a joke, but the answer is yes – it is.  In James Joyce’s Dubliners, […]

7:08 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

360-degree feedback is one of the most widely used tools for leadership development. But does it enable us to have a deep, meaningful dialogue with colleagues and motivate us to improve? The idea is simple; it enables people to give and receive honest feedback and to develop greater self-awareness, which will (hopefully) lead to a positive shift […]

April 6, 2017 7:06 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

In our current culture our head is the important bit. The body is what brings it around from meeting to meeting, and if our body’s lucky, we’ll take it to the gym occasionally and look after it. That’s common sense in our culture, and when we think about leadership, the body may have something to […]

June 20, 2016 7:37 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

The days of national economies are basically gone. It’s debatable how controllable they ever were. We live in a world of interconnected financial systems, global trade and transnational corporations. Of course, no politician will readily admit that they have almost no control over the economy. And I’m talking about the national politicians of most countries. […]

January 13, 2016 7:40 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

What is Leadership? I ask the question, as I believe that most of the time, most people, have difficulty answering this question. The difficulty lies in that leadership is a social phenomenon, which appears differently depending on the context. Leadership within a group of fire fighters evacuating a building and dealing with a blaze, will […]

June 23, 2014 8:28 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

I was with a client a few weeks ago where people were complaining about how common it was in their organisation for people to be on their blackberry or laptop during meetings (and this was worse during conference calls). There was general agreement that this lost a lot of time because people weren’t following the […]