Preparing for a new term…

As a very strange Summer begins to turn to Autumn many people’s thoughts are of a return. Return of children to school or University, return to the daily commute, return to leading office-based teams. But these are rarely if ever going to be returns to things as they...

Managing virtual Board meetings

Board members and chairs have generally been impressed with the commitment of Board members to adapt to the constraints and realities of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, they report that in a virtual environment, Board meetings take more active management and more...

Week 15: What have we learned in 100 days?

Life before the lockdown feels an age ago. In fact, it’s just 100 days and so we’ve been reflecting on the changes that leaders have faced as the weeks turned into months.  At the beginning, the sudden shock of lockdown was a problem that had to be addressed with...

Week 13: Leaders have tough choices ahead

Leaders have been on an unprecedented journey in the last three months. The shock of the dramatic lockdown in March prompted the need to control events. The government acted in a necessarily directive manner telling sectors who could trade or not, enforcing home based...

Week 12: Little things can make a big difference

Nearly 3 months into lockdown, it’s a good time to review what we’ve learned and, assuming we’re going to be leading teams remotely for some time to come, to invest some time and effort in improving the experience for all concerned. Here are some of the tips we’ve...

Week 9: Creating a better virtual conversation

Two months into the lockdown and many of us have become regular users of the various digital conferencing media products that now are available – Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex and others. These products are essential leadership tools to keep decision-making...

Week 8: Many rivers to cross

Many analogies for leaders planning a major change use the image of crossing a river. They talk of building a bridge; starting with pathfinders feeling their way on stepping-stones, before raising bridge supports on solid foundations to carry the weight of the...