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 […]

April 15, 2014 3:33 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

The ‘leaders: born or made’ (or nature or nurture) debate is one that comes up time and again (I cover it in the first chapter of my book, which is available for download here). For some people the evidence is so overwhelmingly clear that leaders are made that they think the debate is over, but […]

March 31, 2014 10:39 am - Posted by Pete_Hamill

When you are put into positions of power and authority in organisations you are given many levers and mechanisms which you can try to use to control – appraisals, bonuses, salaries etc. However compelling people to do things for you is not leading them – it’s an attempt at control, and usually people resent it […]

May 3, 2013 4:39 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

Invitation to my book launch 26th June, 6.30pm, RSA, London For the last two years I have been writing my book, and I would like to invite you to come along and celebrate with me, its launch into the world. It will be an opportunity to hear more about the book, and the work that […]

May 1, 2013 3:39 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

This is an article which I wrote for my publisher to help publicise my new book. I decided to make it available here as well as on their website.   How effective is leadership development? Some things to consider: Prior to the economic crash, many of the investment banks that indulged in dubious behaviours, were […]

April 30, 2013 3:26 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

The World Wide Web is 20 years old, I am informed, and in that time we have accumulated huge amounts of knowledge. At a moments notice, with the aid of Google, Wikipedia and Amazon, we can access vast quantities of information, pretty much immediately. The Encyclopaedia set that I grew up with in my parent’s […]

March 11, 2013 3:21 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

It’s been a long time since I have written a blog post – I have been writing a book, and somehow the process has left me with less to say in blog posts. I think that’s coming to an end though, and I expect to see more here soon. I decided to start back up […]

February 2, 2012 10:28 am - Posted by Pete_Hamill

Quantum physics is a subject which has troubled physicists for many years now (it certainly troubled me when I did my physics degree!). Some of the more outlandish aspects and implications of its theories have been somewhat ignored by many scientists, just because they result in too much questioning of some fundamental ways in which […]