Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

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 […]

Read MoreMarch 31, 2014 10:39 am - 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 […]

Read MoreMay 1, 2013 3:39 pm - 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 […]

Read MoreFebruary 2, 2012 10:28 am - Posted by Pete_Hamill

Montgomery Burns is, Homer’s boss and is in charge of the Nuclear Power plant in The Simpsons. Anyone who’s seen The Simpsons can’t help but appreciate the humour in this character; he is a parody of managers and leaders everywhere. Here are some lessons from his leadership…   How to succeed in business: Mr. Burns: […]

Read MoreJanuary 17, 2012 9:37 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

There is much cynicism about leadership within the world today. And yet there are more and more calls for leadership, and much commentary on the deficit of leadership in organisations and society. What’s missing? What is it that we are looking for and not finding? There are perhaps, many answers to this question, and I […]

Read MoreSeptember 26, 2011 4:48 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

It’s tough to be a heroic leader, but you put anyone in a position of responsibility (management, for example), and they will start to feel responsible. They will experience the need to know the answers, understand what’s going on, and to be able to solve all the problems that come up within their world. Rationally […]

Read MoreJuly 25, 2011 12:58 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

“What is this life, if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare” from “Leisure,” by W.H. Davies Have you ever really thought about just how much you miss? How much is happening, or going on around you, that you never even notice or really see? Like most of us, you’ll probably […]

Read MoreJune 6, 2011 3:54 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

360 degree feedback is a standard practice of the leadership development and coaching industry. It is commonly used, and organisations will spend considerable sums of money developing competency frameworks for their organisations, defining behaviours for those competencies, and assigning different behaviours to different hierarchical levels. They will then subsequently build a 360 degree feedback instrument based upon this […]

Read MoreApril 18, 2011 5:10 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

Many of the leadership development programmes that I am asked to take on have a theme of equipping managers to handle ambiguity and uncertainty. In today’s world where change and uncertainty are key themes, leaders are required who can remain calm and collected, who are able to think things through and come to reasoned responses. […]

Read MoreApril 15, 2011 12:33 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill

I see them everywhere, across all industries and organisations, and like lambs to the slaughter they steadfastly refuse to acknowledge organisational politics, all whilst being shafted by those who abuse their political awareness. They say, in righteous tones: “But it shouldn’t work that like that!” “I should be rewarded on the basis of what I […]

Read More 12:16 pm - Posted by Pete_Hamill