Monthly Archives: December 2013

That selfie!

There has been much critical coverage of the ‘selfie’ taken by Helle Thorning-Schmidt with a grinning Barack Obama and David Cameron leaning in. Being caught in the act also enabled the mischievous to create ribald exchanges on the Internet that spread like wildfire. Oh dear! Leadership gaffe or just a case of media salaciousness? First, let us acknowledge […]

Top that, you holders of high office!

Barack Obama was the only Western leader to give an address at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. It received a fantastic response and was possibly the best speech of his life. Some say that it could yet rank with Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream”. What made it great provides lessons for us all. It […]

The Impossible Leadership Challenge?

Last Saturday I took my son to see Watford play Yeovil in the Football Championship League. Watford were 10th in the table while Yeovil were bottom. Watford comprehensively out-played Yeovil but lost 3-0. Combined with three home defeats in a row, this inevitably raises questions about  leadership for the manager, Gianfranco Zola. In football, managers […]