Category: Leadership

These posts reflect my take on leadership, which is generally team-centric, less about vision and more about safety, but utterly about impact.

The Difference Between Mentoring vs Coaching

I like knowing the precise differences betweens words and ideas, especially if I can put them into a framework. Imagine my delight, then, when Andrew Holland clarified for me the difference between mentoring and coaching: Mentoring is guiding someone along the same journey you’ve taken Coaching is helping someone find their way on the journey they’re ...

How to make Meaning

Yesterday we asked whether our brands are making meaning after examining the progression of brands from functional, to aspirational, and now to meaningful. Today: how on earth do you make a brand meaningful? Guy Kawasaki, when he discusses the Art of Innovation (exceptional videos – 10 minutes long), says that you must make meaning with ...

Why you must see yourself as the leader that you are

Last week I did an interview on leadership, community and social media with Adrian Swinscoe, which I thoroughly enjoyed and you can listen to here. At the end of the blog post in which the interview was posted, Wendy commented and talked about a situation where others might regard her as a leader, but she ...

If you’re not talking, you’re not learning

In preparing for our Like Minds itinerary this year, I’ve been thinking again about how people learn and how events should help them learn. In particular, I’ve been thinking about a diagram I blogged about almost a year ago now: This is the cone of learning by Edgar Dale, which says that we remember 10% ...

Your Opinion: Can You Teach Leadership? Or Are You Born With It?

The BBC asked this question a while ago while citing some of the greatest leaders of all time. My opinion is that leadership as a skill can be learnt. I would consider much of leadership being wrapped up in teamwork, influence, strategy, and so on, and these are things that you can most certainly learn. ...

4 Ways To Focus When You Meet People

You might not believe it but there was a time when I was really bad with people. In fact, I was so bad with people that I have the nickname ‘Scary Scott’ at the Christian Union because whilst I was on-target with my bible skills, I was wildly off-target with my people skills. Luckily, I ...

Video: What One Man Can Do, Another Can Do

Many, many years ago I was frustrated that I wasn’t experiencing the successes in my life that I saw others were. People would do things that I wanted to do, but I excused them as impossible for me to ever attain. There’s no surprise then that I was also jealous of people – wanting what ...

Are You *That* Person? And What To Do About It

I’ll admit it if you will – many times I’ve been the person you don’t want to meet at the cocktail party. You know, that person, the one who talks at you the whole time about their job, dropping names like they are going out of fashion with an exciting story that always trumps anything ...

The Top 5 Qualities In A Team Player

So I’m the type of person who likes a framework, in case you didn’t know, and recently I’ve been trying to clarify to a group of leaders I am mentoring what the top qualities are that I desire in people on my various teams. Luckily, I found this article yesterday from The 99% on The ...

The One Word You’ll Never Hear On The Apprentice

Is Leadership. Every week contestants will tell the boss how good they are at selling, how they’ve taken on ‘feedback, how they can ‘control people’, but you’ll never hear about leadership. If I had 16 people contending to work for me at £100,o00 a year I wouldn’t be looking for skills that I could hire ...