These are turbulent and uncertain times. I want to share the story of a client who entered a new role, got knocked sideways almost immediately, and who learned some important lessons that I hope will be helpful to you. Business turbulence stressing you out? This story might help When Stella finally came back on the radar, she

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If you feel you have no time for the creative, strategic thinking that you know you need to be doing right now, here’s a resource that you’ll want to check out. We’ve just launched season 12 of The Impact Multiplier CEO Podcast. Davina Stanley interviews me about my new book, Making Time For Strategy and draws out some of

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I want to share a simple insight that has the potential to change the engagement and ownership of your organisation.The one insight you need before you can grow your team’s sense of ownershipOne of the leaders in our current Impact Accelerator programme, Bart, sends me a weekly reflection on his insights and progress. Last month the programme

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To understand how top leaders accomplish seemingly ‘impossible’ things with their businesses, carefully read this thread that I found on Reddit: Question: How can martial arts people punch through wooden and concrete blocks? Answer: I’ve been doing martial arts for over a decade, and I’ve got my share of experience punching and kicking through wooden boards and the

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If you’ve followed my writing for a while, you’ll be aware of how the leadership culture that we create is defined by the levels of support and challenge that we bring to those around us. Support involves a sense of personal care; challenge involves stretching people out of their comfort zone. We can map out these two dimensions as follows:

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You’re a high achiever. Perhaps you’re a business owner, a CEO or C-Suite leader, a rising star. Your “default future” is probably good — great, even. But if we start to dream and imagine a “preferred future” that’s even more impactful, your eyes will start to gleam and a new world of possibility will open up.I’ve

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In Season 9 of the Impact Multiplier CEO Podcast, which we entitled “Mission-driven CEOs”, I interviewed a variety of impressive Chief Executives about their sense of mission:What’s the impact they want to make beyond just the financials — in terms of the company mission and their personal leadership legacy?How do they put that into practice on a daily

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Two very quick ‘Xquadrant Insider’ exclusives for you today! Firstly, the cover design for my new book, Making Time For Strategy, has been finalised. Click here to see the LinkedIn post where I made the big reveal. (By the way, it’d be great if you’d leave a comment on the post to give the LinkedIn algorithm a nudge in the

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One of the participants in this year’s Impact Accelerator programme just had a life-changing insight… before the first session even started! They’d watched an introductory video and they were completing a brief worksheet in preparation for our first session. The worksheet made them think in some different ways about what it will take to be exponentially more successful in

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Learn surprising executive effectiveness tips from David Allen, Nir Eyal, Marshall Goldsmith, Dan Miller, Peter Diamandis, Nicholas Thompson, Todd Herman and many more.You might know the adage that “you’re the average of the people you spend the most time with”. It’s true: community shapes us and we absorb the conversations and ideas that are circulating

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I spend so much time “in my head” – conceptualising, analysing, strategising and intellectualising. Perhaps you can relate. After all, many leaders have relied upon their intellect – their schooling, decision-making and problem-solving skills – to rise to the senior level where they now find themselves. For me, my mind has definitely been a strength and

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How can you lead effectively and with poise, when there’s disruption and uncertainty all around? The last few years have been a bruising experience for many business leaders. The COVID pandemic; lockdown; remote work; hybrid work; war; the Great Resignation; supply chain disruption; cyber attacks; market turbulence; environmental concerns; inflation; a tight talent market. And all

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“I don’t know if I’ll be able to pay my mortgage”“Business is down and I’m not sure I’ll be able to pay my mortgage,“ said Jasmine.She’s a very senior leader in a business that’s had a difficult year, and her bonus this year is likely to take a big hit. This bonus represents most of

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“I need your help.”Those are words I find incredibly difficult. Perhaps you can relate. It’s much easier to give, to help, and to serve other than to actually acknowledge you can’t achieve everything you want on your own. But asking is powerful. I often teach my clients – who are generally very self-sufficient and independent –

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In Season 6 of the Impact Multiplier CEO Podcast, which we entitled “Secrets of Scaling”, I interviewed the CEOs of some of the fastest-growing businesses in Europe and America, as measured by the Financial Times in their 2021 rankings.  I wanted to find out how they led their firms to such exceptional growth, what they’d learned along

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Taking over ultimate responsibility for a business as Chief Executive Officer is a big challenge, especially if you’ve never done it before. The CEO learning curve is going to be steep. So instead of learning everything the hard way, wouldn’t it be great if you could take some short cuts? Imagine that, instead having to find out

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When I start to work with CEOs and business owners and other extraordinary leaders on their most ambitious goals, we often find they need to elevate their attention and get out of the operational detail. Attention is one of the four Impact Multipliers. If you can focus your attention on the most strategic issues, then you

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How can you become more impactful – and create better results – without exhausting yourself with the sheer willpower and effort? How can you become the leader you know you can be, when your existing habits and approaches are so engrained?

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I’m releasing a new email series called “Reinventing Your Success Formula”. We’ll look at how we can reinvent the very things that made us successful in order to unlock our next level of impact. This material isn’t available elsewhere. If you want to follow along, click here: REGISTER FOR THE EMAIL SERIES What will it take

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The CEO role is demanding and often exhausting. There are many stakeholders who demand attention, pressures are high, there’s a sense of isolation, and the available workload far exceeds any individual’s ability to deliver. The risk, then, is that the CEO becomes subject to tunnel vision – focused on one or two pressing topics based on

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