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Weekly research-backed tips and advice for leaders - never more than 8 minutes.


50 - Seven Reasons to Get Back to Nature
Aug 23 • 7 min
Imagine if there was something you could do to elevate your mood, reduce stress, increase creativity, boost memory, build team cohesion, help physical health and maybe even reduce mental illness. Research demonstrates that getting back to nature can do…
49 - Accurate Self-Assessment
Aug 16 • 7 min
Accurate self-assessment sits at the core of leadership effectiveness. This week we look at five ways you can help ensure you have a clear picture of your strengths and areas for development.
48 - Four Ways to Explore Your Untapped Potential
Aug 9 • 5 min
Reaching into our untapped potential is a trip into the unknown. In this episode we use the Johari Window as a framework to identify four ways to explore our untapped potential.
47 - Five Ways Busy Leaders Prioritise Treating People Well
Aug 2 • 4 min
The best leaders prioritise treating people well, and reap the benefits through higher performance and greater commitment. But time pressure can make this difficult. Here are five ways busy leaders prioritise treating people well.
46 - Saying ‘No’ Without Being a Jerk
Jul 26 • 4 min
One of the elements that gets in the way of being assertive as a leader is an inability to say ‘no’ to requests, or automatically saying ‘yes’ to everything that comes our way. We explore ways to say ‘no’ without being a jerk.
45 - Overcoming a Fear of Delegation
Jul 19 • 5 min
Delegation - it’s something that every successful leader needs to do in order to perform and progress, yet most leaders under-delegate. This week we explore ways of overcoming a fear of delegation.
44 - 10 Leadership Lessons From Year One of the Leadership Today Podcast
Jul 12 • 4 min
Reflection is important in our development as leaders. In that spirit, this week we look at 10 things we’ve learned from year one of the Leadership Today podcast.
43 - How Thinking in the Third Person Makes You a Wiser Leader
Jul 5 • 4 min
As leaders we need to make wise decisions in often complex and emotionally charged situations. This week we look at two techniques for making wiser decisions.
42 - The Power of “I Don’t Know”
Jun 28 • 5 min
Recognising that we don’t have all the answers makes us more effective as leaders - there is power in saying “I don’t know”.
41 - Is Putting Employees First Actually Better For Customers?
Jun 21 • 4 min
This week we explore whether putting employees first ahead of customers and shareholders leads to better customer service and financial results.
40 - Are Workaholics Bad for Business?
Jun 15 • 3 min
We have come to celebrate workaholics in our organisations - those people who always seem to be busy and putting in long hours. But is it possible for a person to be too engaged with their work? And does that lead to burnout and negative performance?
39 - Four Ways Leaders Build Trust
Jun 8 • 5 min
Trust is the essential currency of any organisation however, it seems to be in short supply these days. This week we look at four ways in which leaders can build trust.
38 - Do People Really Shoot the Messenger?
Jun 1 • 4 min
As a leader, it’s likely that you have had to deliver bad news. It can be extremely difficult to do well. This week we look at practical ways to deliver negative news, and hopefully not become the messenger that gets shot in the process.
37 - Why Everyone is a Born Leader
May 25 • 5 min
This week we explore why everyone is a born leader - that we all have a head start in some facet of leadership.
36 - Four Steps to Building a Legacy of Leaders
May 18 • 5 min
Leadership isn’t just what you do in the moment - it’s the legacy you leave. This week we look at four steps to building a legacy of leaders.
35 - Managing Your Time in an Infinite Job
May 11 • 9 min
Most of us have what I call infinite jobs - where we could just keep working more hours and never quite get everything done. This week we look at practical ways to manage infinite jobs, improving our productivity while also regaining control over our…
34 - Moving from Stressed to Strong
May 4 • 5 min
Nearly half of all employees often experience negative work-related stress, flowing through to lower levels of engagement and motivation. As leaders, we can dramatically reduce this figure, and transform the performance of individuals and our…
Best of the Podcast Replay - Prisoners and Performance Ratings
Apr 27 • 6 min
We’re taking a couple of weeks to look back at two of our favourite previous episodes - enjoy!
Best of the Podcast Replay - Do Teams Still Form, Storm, Norm and Perform?
Apr 20 • 7 min
We’re taking a couple of weeks to look back at two of our favourite previous episodes - enjoy!
33 - The Problem with Solving Problems
Apr 13 • 5 min
The problem with solving problems is that we often rush towards solutions without spending enough time clearly identifying the challenge we’re facing. In this episode we explore the power of a well crafted problem statement.
32 - When Working Smarter Isn’t The Smartest Way To Work
Apr 6 • 8 min
We’ve all heard the mantra - work smarter, not harder. But sometimes our idea of ‘smarter’ still isn’t the smartest way to work. We need to reflect on an entirely different level.
31 - Limiting Thoughts - Taming Your Own Worst Critic
Mar 30 • 6 min
In this episode we look at ways to retrain our own worst critic - the automatic limiting thoughts that enter our minds when we are faced with challenges, and that hold us back from opportunities.
30 - Making Negative Feedback a Little Less Negative
Mar 23 • 4 min
Commentary around the effectiveness of negative feedback is mixed, with people often highlighting the adverse impact that it can have on individuals. But is there a way to make negative feedback, well, less negative?
29 - Chronotypes and the Perils of Working 9 to 5
Mar 16 • 9 min
Working 9 to 5 may not be the best way for everyone to maximise their productivity. In this episode we look at the science of chronotypes, and how leaders can use our natural sleep/wake cycles to get the best out of their people.
28 - How Leaders Create an Environment Where People Thrive
Mar 9 • 9 min
How do leaders create an environment where people thrive? This week we look at the importance of leadership styles in helping to bring out the best in our people.
27 - Psychological Safety - The Hard Edge to Feeling Safe at Work
Mar 2 • 7 min
How safe do you feel at work to speak up, raise an idea or a concern, or to try something new? This week we look at psychological safety, and how it has an unexpectedly hard edge.
26 - Self-Fulfilling Prophecy - Why We Get What We Expect
Feb 23 • 7 min
The self-fulfilling prophecy describes how our expectations of others can lead them to act in a way that confirms those expectations. As leaders it’s time to reset our expectations so we can get the best out of our people and stop holding them back.
25 - Leading through Change
Feb 16 • 7 min
Being able to effectively manage change is an essential skill for any leader. In this episode we explore the stages of change that people work through, and what they need from their leaders to support the change.
24 - Conscious Incompetence - Why Learning New Things is Painful
Feb 9 • 7 min
Learning new things can be painful. Understand why that’s the case can help us, both as learners and leaders, to become more effective. This week we look at a framework to help us understand the predictable stages of learning, and what that requires from…
23 - Conflict - Ouch!
Feb 2 • 6 min
Conflict - love it or hate it, you’re going to end up facing conflict at some point. In this episode we discuss some ways of tackling conflict head on.
Best of 2018 Replay - Feedback is a Gift
Jan 26 • 7 min
As we prepare for 2019, we’re taking the opportunity to replay some of our most popular episodes from 2018. Enjoy!
Best of 2018 Replay - Influencing Tactics
Jan 12 • 8 min
As we prepare for 2019, we’re taking the opportunity to replay some of our most popular episodes from 2018. Enjoy!
Best of 2018 Replay - Motivation - What’s the Point?
Dec 29, 2018 • 7 min
As we prepare for 2019, we’re taking the opportunity to replay some of our most popular episodes from 2018. Enjoy!
Best of 2018 Replay - Assertiveness! (if that’s okay with you…)
Dec 15, 2018 • 7 min
As we prepare for 2019, we’re taking the opportunity to replay some of our most popular episodes from 2018. Enjoy!
22 - Goal Setting - New Year, Same You
Dec 8, 2018 • 4 min
As the end of the year fast approaches, we take a look at goal setting - something we all know a lot about, and yet we’re lousy at it. Here are four ideas that might help.
21 - Resilience and Optimism
Dec 2, 2018 • 8 min
This week we explore the links between optimism and resilience, using the example of a terrifying real life hang gliding experience.
20 - Avoiding the Blame Game
Nov 24, 2018 • 5 min
As leaders, there’s always a risk of blaming people rather than processes. This week we look at a technique that helps us to avoid playing the blame game.
19 - Intent Versus Impact
Nov 17, 2018 • 7 min
As leaders, we almost always have great intentions, but our intent isn’t always the same as our impact. In this episode we explore three principles for leaders when thinking about intent versus impact.
18 - Don’t Ask for a Mentor
Nov 10, 2018 • 3 min
Having a mentor provides a wide range of benefits beyond development, including higher pay, more promotions and greater career satisfaction. But asking for a mentor isn’t always easy or the best approach.
17 - Prisoners and Performance Ratings
Nov 3, 2018 • 5 min
What can prisoners teach us about performance ratings? And how can we better measure performance and support development as leaders? Check out the research and some ideas that will help improve the way you lead.
16 - Operating in Uncertainty
Oct 27, 2018 • 6 min
In this week’s podcast we explore what leaders can learn from the way surgical teams manage complexity.
15 - Do Teams Still Form, Storm, Norm and Perform?
Oct 20, 2018 • 7 min
Over 50 years ago Bruce Tuckman described four stages of team development - forming, storming, norming and performing. This week we explore whether these stages still apply, and the implications for leading in an increasingly complex world.
14 - Leadership First Impressions
Oct 13, 2018 • 6 min
Research demonstrates that 90% of the initial impression we form about people is based on two factors - warmth and competence. It also turns out these two factors are difficult to combine. So how do we demonstrate both warmth and competence as leaders?
13 - Control your Email (Before it Controls You).
Oct 6, 2018 • 7 min
Email is a great tool that can also be a huge distraction. Research shows that if we don’t control our inbox, it will end up controlling us. This week we look at some ways to tackle that.
12 - The Best Thing About Working Here? It’s the People…
Sep 29, 2018 • 4 min
When you ask employees about the best thing about the place where they work, they often say “the people”. Here are four ideas of how leaders can build connections and collaboration at work.
11 - Want to Keep Your Best People? Help to Build their Resume.
Sep 22, 2018 • 5 min
This week we are looking at how to motivate and retain your best people by helping to build their resume.
10 - Motivation - What’s the Point?
Sep 15, 2018 • 7 min
Motivation - what’s the point? And how do we motivate people as leaders? This week I outline the four factors most important for motivating people at work, and focus in on practical ideas to increase a sense of purpose.
9 - Why Following Your Passion Isn’t Enough
Sep 8, 2018 • 7 min
This week we’re looking at passion and purpose - and why telling someone to ‘follow their passion’ is lousy advice.
8 - Lighten Up! How Humour Fuels Innovation
Sep 1, 2018 • 6 min
Do we all need to lighten up? Research shows that the use of humour by leaders can have positive impacts on innovation and other factors.
7 - Influencing Tactics
Aug 25, 2018 • 7 min
This week we look at research into the most (and least) effective influencing tactics used by leaders. We explore how we can combine approaches to enhance the way we influence others.
6 - Assertiveness! (if that’s okay with you…)
Aug 18, 2018 • 6 min
This week we’re looking at assertiveness - what it is and how we can build it in ourselves and in others.
5 - Feedback is a Gift
Aug 11, 2018 • 7 min
Research shows that leaders typically avoid giving feedback, particularly the further away performance is from expectations. This week we look at a feedback structure that focuses on behaviour and the impact we have on others.
4 - Monthly 1 on 1 Meetings that Work
Aug 4, 2018 • 5 min
In this episode we explore monthly 1 on 1 meetings that work - where both the leader and their direct report turn up prepared to discuss performance, priorities, support, and development.
3 - Control and your Health
Jul 28, 2018 • 4 min
Demanding jobs can actually be a good thing for us, provided we have a sense of freedom and control. Without this control, the negative health effects are dramatic. This podcast includes two ideas for improving control.
2 - Your Best Ideas
Jul 22, 2018 • 6 min
Where do you come up with your best ideas? I bet it’s not at your desk. In this episode we explore the conditions that lead to our best ideas, and how we can increase the chances of us coming up with even more great ideas in the future.
1 - Leadership Habits
Jul 19, 2018 • 6 min
Much of our leadership behaviour is driven by habits. In this episode we explore helpful and harmful leadership habits, as well as how to identify existing habits and build new ones.