A meditation on leadership

A meditation on leadership

“What is true leadership?” is a question I have struggled with for many years. And, the more that I reflected on it, the more difficult it seemed to put my finger on what it actually is. I have always known what true leadership is not. How fake ideas of leadership...
It’s usually not just one thing

It’s usually not just one thing

When faced with something that needs explaining, it’s very tempting to search for that one cause that is the answer. That one person you can blame or praise — the hero or villain. Things are rarely that simple, particularly when human beings are involved. And...
A better discourse

A better discourse

At a time when soundbites and dumbed down messages are the norm, taking shortcuts becomes very tempting. Rather than look deeper, you might settle for skimming the surface. Rather than present a nuanced view, you might find it easier to provide a less accurate...
Enabling high functioning teams

Enabling high functioning teams

What makes high functioning teams? To answer this question, we first need to recognise what we are dealing with at a very basic level — human beings who have come together from varied walks of life to form a relationship system. A system of interacting and...
There will always be naysayers

There will always be naysayers

We like to predict the future based on what we already know and what we have experienced. This means that there will always be naysayers to challenge anything that is new and unknown. Indeed in some cases, often in the short-term, history may be the best predictor of...
Rise of the demagogue: A tale of cognitive bias

Rise of the demagogue: A tale of cognitive bias

The rise of Donald J. Trump is the latest in a wave of populist, hate filled demagoguery that is emerging in western democracies. The potential consequences of a Trump victory are scary to say the least. While I usually avoid politics, I feel compelled to say...