Career sustainability and the purpose of education

Dr David Pendleton, Professor in Leadership, Henley Business School Eight years ago, I was sitting at a large dining table in a private dining room in the St Louis Club, having just arrived from the UK via Chicago.  I was surrounded by 20 of the great and the good from that fabled midwestern city who…

Fragile – Resilient – Anti-fragile

We hear a lot about building resilience, whether that is in organisational systems or individuals.  Resilience, in the dictionary is defined as ‘the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity’.  For a person, it is defined as ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness’. Resilience means knowing how to…

What a past presidency can teach us about the future of leadership

Rather uncomfortable – we as an active part of the Trump leadership phenomenon? A first uncomfortable thought. How much of the Trump phenomenon is in all of us, at work, in our leadership or community behaviour? Have you, at times, subordinated everything, including some of your values, to winning? A leisurely approach to accountability? Economical…

Biden his time

My dear friend John Rishton has an aphorism: commentary is easy, leadership is hard.  John has been there.  He was CEO of two major international organisations and FD of another.  He knows the truth of what he has said.  The USA presidential election is demonstrating the validity of the principle. The airwaves are now buzzing…

Deputising in a crisis

Dominic Raab is leading the UK through coronavirus hurdles as the “designated survivor.” With Boris Johnson in intensive care, the foreign secretary is required to run the country during the most significant public health crisis in a generation. This will include chairing Cobra and cabinet meeting for the time being, until Johnson’s health and his…

What Should the Parties of the Centre-Left do Now?

This is not a party political piece. I am writing, as ever, about leadership since there are important leadership lessons here. They apply equally well to organisations, sports teams, political parties and others. In the face of failure, when the circumstances should have led to success, the critical next step is to learn but how…

Myths of Leadership

Myths of Leadership by Jo Owen Now, from my memory, this is the first book review I have written since I had to choose one for my Year 5 English homework. As you may have gathered from that opening sentence alone, I wouldn’t describe myself as much of a book worm. You’ll only ever find…

How to lead in a Crisis

My work with the Royal Marines concludes that it’s irrational to expect people to perform effectively in a crisis if you’ve never trained them on their roles, responsibilities, and resources. Wise CSOs borrow a technique from the army and pre-emptively employ guided practice sessions to prepare their staff, superiors, and stakeholders on who does what,…

Where is the world in the World Cup?

Ahead of the semi-finals this week, Professor Adrian Bell, Head of the ICMA Centre and football finance expert, reflects on the World Cup so far… Don’t get me wrong, I have loved this World Cup, and perhaps for once this is a universal feeling, but there is something missing, and it isn’t the lack of…

Meet Norma, Henley’s IdeaFest 2018 winner

A delicious, innovative and healthy business idea that surprised all of the 6 judges was this year’s IdeaFest winner! Imagine the best brownie you’ve ever had, made out of water, oil, Norma veggie mix and… salad!Yep, you read right, Norma brownies are vegan, have about 50% less calories than a normal brownie (466 calories per…