Superheros or mortals? The dangers of immortality & a lost opportunity

I am struck by the steady stream of superhuman sports stars starting to reveal a less than superhuman reality behind the scenes.  Whether it’s Jonny Wilkinson who recently spoke powerfully about how ‘success’ became synonymous with ‘suffering’, or Sarah Taylor’s moving interview last week about her struggle with anxiety while being at the top of …

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What does winning really mean?

As I continue my research into society’s obsession with winning, whether in sport, business or education, I see repeatedly that there is often little clarity about what winning actually means.  It is frequently taken for granted and assumed that ‘everyone wants to win’.  That ‘winning is everything’ (- a phrase usually attributed to legendary American …

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Get to the barricades – we need to start challenging & bringing down those assumptions!

“Assumptions are made and most are wrong” – Albert Einstein I find myself spending more and more time thinking about assumptions and the role they play in how we think, how we behave and what we think of each other. In my work on leadership, teams and culture, I find myself spending more and more time …

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Lessons from Living and Working in a Complex, Hostile Environment

One of the challenges for civilians working in complex, hostile environments, in unstable conflict-ridden parts of the world, is how to survive and get a difficult job done well in extraordinary challenging circumstances.  Often, there are some innate technical skills required – building health clinics, establishing local governance in a developing world context – but …

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High Performers Don’t Rush (- excepting in American football…)

It’s rare to see a Concept II rowing machine right in front of a large pipe organ, next to a grand piano and in front of a harpsichord!  But it set the scene for a meeting of two worlds, a chance to delve into the high performance environments of Olympic rowers and musicians from the …

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