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Sensei Leadership Conversations

A collection of our bi-monthly articles providing an excellent introduction to the sorts of challenges we can help organizations with or reflecting current events.

 

KISS IT – Keep It Simple & See It Work   By Malcolm Follos
May 2012

‘What we need is to offer our clients are accelerant curve demo’s to bring to life our UVP’s’ was the sentence that made me slump in my chair and put my head in my hands.   read full article

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TEMPUS FUGIT – Time to stop doing ‘good’ work…   By Malcolm Follos
July 2011

As summer is upon us and our thoughts turn to taking a well earned break, this leadership conversation looks at how leaders need to stop doing ‘good work’ and create the space and time to do ‘great work’.   read full article

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‘ADAPTIVE’ v ‘TECHNICAL’ – A King’s Quest To Find A Voice   By Malcolm Follos
January 2011

My wife and I had a rare trip to the cinema this weekend to see ‘The King’s Speech’, starring the excellent Colin Firth as the stammering Berty, King George VI. The story follows the relationship between the Royal as he moves from being a Duke to a reluctant King in a pre-war Britain and an unorthodox Australian speech therapist called Lionel Logue, splendidly played by Geoffrey Rush.
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Getting a great R.O.E. – RETURN ON ENERGY – in your organization… By Malcolm Follos
November 2010

All of your top talent are coasting in their roles, all of your leaders are trapped on operational treadmills, all of the teams in your business are squandering your most scarce resource – the quality time they spend together – and you have a huge untapped productivity pot right under your nose, and it is invisible to you. In this leadership conversation we discuss why these provocations might well be true for your organization.   read full article

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TIME, GRAVITY AND TREADMILLS – Or How Organisations Squander Time   By Malcolm Follos
September 2010

Compared to our parents, and certainly compared to our grandparents, we live in a cash-rich and time-poor age. Yet many of us still insist on running our lives as if money is the scarce resource. In this leadership conversation I will explore some of the more insidious ways people and organizations have dreamt up to waste time and how the gravity of our ‘urgent’ operational activity has trapped most of us on a treadmill that is hard to escape from.   read full article

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NUGGETS FROM THE NURSERY – Reconnecting With Your Imagination   By Malcolm Follos
May 2010

‘Daddy, where do ideas come from?’ is one of the few questions rarely asked by inquisitive three year olds’. They don’t need to ask because three year old humans are the most curious, creative and ideas-filled animals on the planet!   read full article

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG AND THE CONFERENCE SPEECH IS GETTING READY TO SING   By Malcolm Follos
February 2010

Up and down the land Personal Assistants are scanning U-tube and Google Images, seeking video clips and photographs that can help them with the latest challenge dropped on them by their boss.
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CHRISTMAS CONVERSATIONS   By Malcolm Follos
December 2009

It’s that time of the year again where we all begin to look forward to a much deserved break after what has been a pretty challenging year. Long lists of personal and family actions are fighting their way onto our to-do lists as we all start to work on the minutia of preparation for the holiday break.
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THE RIGHT CONVERSATIONS FOR THE RIGHT RESULTS   By Malcolm Follos
October 2009

Talking is not in short supply in most organizations. However, the ratio of ‘transmissions’ to ‘discussions’ is a real cause for concern. In fact I have coined a new law and called it ‘the first law of flip charts’.   read full article

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ENGAGEMENT – It Should Come Naturally   By Malcolm Follos
August 2009

I have just finished reading some very moving tributes to a man I have admired for a long time – Sir Bobby Robson, who sadly died on the last day of July. I am hugely impressed by this man and the way he touched the lives of so many people, both within his chosen profession and beyond.
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THE FIGHT FOR TRUST – The Rise Of A New Leader   By Malcolm Follos
June 2009

We are fortunate to be living through some fascinating and challenging times. Our world views on what we expect from our leaders are being challenged and changed.   read full article

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LIGHTHOUSE LEADERSHIP – The Searchlight That Can Switch People Off   By Malcolm Follos
April 2009

Last month we talked about ‘making your boat go faster’. This month our leadership conversation is about the direction you are heading and how to steer your people on a steady course through stormy waters.   read full article

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HOW TO WIN – Tapping The Power Of Discretionary Effort   By Malcolm Follos
February 2009

The British Olympic 4 man rowing team decided to set themselves a goal for the Beijing Olympics – it was simple, clear and compelling – ‘we have to beat the Australians’. They knew that by doing this they stood a great chance of winning Gold.   read full article

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