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leader
Most of my blogs share what you should do to be a great leader, how to be a better leader for your team, how to motivate your team.  But there are things that you as a leader – whether of a team or an organisation, or even a family – should also be aware.  There are things that you should NOT be doing as someone that other people look up to. As a busy executive,Read More
Sat Nav
It was dark. Very dark. I was on the M25, driving back from a day working 100 miles from home, and started to see road signs that said the M3 was closed from J3 to J4a. My Sat Nav (which tells me of traffic and route problems and offers re-routing) said nothing so I carried on towards the M3. Still more road signs but still the Sat Nav (let’s call it ‘Dominatrix Sophie’) was tellingRead More
Trees
If you are a regular reader of my blog then you will be (probably boringly) familiar with the fact that the Hutchison tribe recently moved house.  We are very happy with our new abode, but my lovely other half was not too impressed with an apparently dry bunch of sticks posing as a tree in the back garden.  He was keen to chop it down and get rid of the eyesore he saw before him,Read More
Alignment
 ‘There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all’ – Peter Drucker Ummmm. Yes. Oh Dear. Possibly, many of us have been in that position. Finding out that people have been doing tremendous work but, actually, it’s not the work that needed doing. Very awkward. So what happened there? Alignment, probably. Alignment? Alignment is about ensuring that everyone knows what their role is in making the vision intoRead More
julie pic
Sorry, I’m not being rude and it is a genuine question. You see, I was driving into Amesbury the other day – home of Stonehenge – and I noticed that alongside the ‘Welcome to Amesbury’ road sign was a huge phone mast.  Not exactly the most welcoming sight, but everyone knows what it is and what it is for.  And you might not like it, but it has a clear purpose. And I thought –Read More
vision
Now that’s a thought, isn’t it? ‘…from where they are to where they have not been.’ It implies that we are going to take people somewhere that isn’t here. Easier said than done. The craving not to look ridiculous is embedded in the human psyche. But when we lead, we need to dampen down that instinct and go out on a limb, if needs be, to push the VISION forward. We have to speak up.Read More
shut up
This week I was listening to someone telling their story from stage, and whilst in real life this person can be very entertaining – on stage I was losing the will to live after the first 10 minutes.  As someone who coaches people on public speaking there are some basic do’s and don’ts that you need to follow.   Without getting too technical here, it’s all about understanding what is important to your audience and theRead More
del boy
I bet you’d never thought about Del Boy as being VISIONary. A Master of the Universe. Neither did I but, in his way, he was. He had an indefatigable appetite to become a millionaire by ‘this time next year’. He had a VISION. He never stopped trying. He was bold. He was always thinking up ways to achieve his VISION. Remember ‘Peckham Spring’ mineral water…erm, from a tap? Or Louvre Doors, Blow-up Dolls and LuminousRead More
Let it Go - Conflict Resolution
Do you ever have a day when someone on your team really gets up your nose?   How about a colleague – have you ever felt like screaming at someone at work? There are lots of ways of handling difficult conversations in the workplace, but some conversations are better off not being had at all.  Knowing which they are is a skill.  How do you decipher between the conversations that should not be had and the onesRead More
big things
 “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” –  Alvin Toffler Thinking BIG things. That’s a tall order isn’t it?! (no pun intended). When it comes to our personal life, we all dream BIG things sometimes. Like winning the lottery and going on ‘around the world’ cruises, or buying a big house on Sandbanks with a big boat moored atRead More