Wednesday 20th March 2019

Dear Guest

Do let me know if there are areas you'd like covering more (or less!) and do email me anything that catches your eye so I can include it in next week's issue. Out this week are my latest video and podcast, (also on iTunes and Spotify) both covering Chapter 2 of my book, Creating Space to Learn - about you and the world.

Quote of the week, and a belated Happy St. Patrick's Day: "Many an opportunity is missed because you are out looking for four-leaf clovers " — Unknown



My pick of the week's essential reading for business and HR leaders

This week's most essential read:

This great HBR piece explodes the myth that conflict within a team is bad. It then goes on to explain how conflict should be handled and outlines an exercise to make people more comfortable with conflict. The story in Chapter 5 of my book "Create Space" about Beata and her team illustrates the same point.


From MITSloan this piece (based on extensive research) looks at the mindsets of a leader. It asks are you:

1. Serving No One: The Sociopath

2. Serving Oneself: The Egoist

3. Serving Anyone: The Chameleon

4. Serving Goals: The Dynamo

5. Serving the Institution: The Builder

6. Serving Society: The Transcender

Which are you? Which are the leaders you work with?

Helen Pitcher OBE outlines the problem - and potential solutions - drawing on her own experience.

Some of the insights in my recent blogpost on IWD could also be of interest to this question ...

There was a bit of a debate about productivity this week ...
Both Fast Company and Dropbox published articles suggesting (with a dash of hyperbole) that productivity is the wrong goal and that meaning should come first. The author of Eat, Pray, Love argued something a bit different in this podcast. Join the debate and see what you think ...

I am really unsure about this article yet it was featured in the HBR. It seems to make generalisations and leaps of logic in dissing the value of feedback. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater! I've contacted the authors asking for details of the "research" they cite. I'll keep you posted but in the meantime see what you think.

A great summary of the science behind sleep with lots of practical tips.

For more on sleep check out my World Sleep day blogpost from last week

Other great content you might be interested in from this week

This week's taster of my book...

"I’d spent the last decade working as a business psychologist and leadership consultant helping businesses audit and develop their leaders, teams and organisational set-up and culture. Up until then I’d seen the issues that I dealt with as disparate problems, requiring distinct interventions. For some reason, that day, I began to see them for what they were: symptoms. I now felt that there might be a common theme underpinning the hundreds of assignments I had worked on over those years. After I’d arranged to visit Katya in Moscow a few weeks later and bid her farewell, I spent that evening jotting down my thoughts:
Modern life, particularly work, fills any space indiscriminatel
This means most leaders feel overwhelmed and not masters of their own destiny
A leader must, therefore, consciously push back and create space

Such space is vital for:

Deeper self-insight and sense of purpose
Better strategic and creative thinking
Richer relationships
Delivering what really matters


You can’t deliver your best or really grow as a leader unless you first create space."

Introduction, page 6

Get a glimpse behind the scenes at our house as my wife tries to defend her untidiness in the Daily Mail. Watch our for my psychological words of wisdom at the end!


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