Category Archives: Opinions

This is where I store my opinions, and even the opinions of some others on issues of leadership and management. These will be thoughly provoking even if not always grounded in science!

The brave world of the self employed


This is a topic I can speak on with some authority; having been self employed for eighteen of the past thirty eight years. Not all in one stretch mind you. Every now and then I get a rush of blood … Continue reading

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Thinking about leadership


As I watch events unfold following the earthquake in Christchurch my thoughts turn to leadership and what defines leadership in a crisis? What have I seen? Firstly there are those individuals who in the first terrifying moments rushed to the … Continue reading

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Culture begins at the top


Dr Levy, Chair of Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards had this to say, “Two-thirds of our complaints are about staff attitudes and bad communication. We need to be kind and considerate to all of our patients, even if we … Continue reading

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Nurse managers focus on patient care in USA


A recent survey of Nurse Managers in the USA by Studer Group for Healthleaders showed Nurse Managers have an overwhelming focus on patient care and satisfaction, closely followed by cost control. This is admirable, however you would expect to see … Continue reading

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The First 90 Days


How well do you treat your new employees during their first three months on the job? Do you have an interesting induction process or is it boring and unforgettable? Do you even have an effective induction process? Follow this link … Continue reading

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Managing through leadership – Dee Hock


I was cleaning out some back issues of management magazines recently when I came across this piece in Fast Company in 1996 by Dee Hock, the founder of Visa, on leadership. “Here is the very heart and soul of the … Continue reading

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Managers who don’t wish to change; lead change


Why is it we persist in asking managers to implement change without (a) providing managers with an understanding of the change process, the phases of change, the impact of change upon individuals and the strategies and skills to transition people … Continue reading

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