Wednesday 30th April 2019

Dear Guest

Well, the memories of an amazing trip to Florida are fading, the kids are firmly ensconced back at school and I've adjusted to being back at my desk. So you lucky people get a new edition of my weekly bulletin, now read by nearly 10,000 people! ... You can also listen to a podcast I did recently for the ABP (Association of Business Technology) on "leadership, entrepreneurship and the changing world of work" and read a piece I wrote last month for HRDirector magazine about how to change your company culture.

Quote of the week: "Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths" - John Zenger



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

This week's most essential read:

I do believe that there is something to the idea of having a sense of purpose - whether we're talking about individuals or organisations, but I also feel its an idea that can be taken too far and lack context. This thought provoking piece from the FT's Emma Jacobs explains why...

This week's next best five:


Take some me time and think about yourself for a change. This great MIT Sloan article addresses, among other things:

  • Assembling your "support team"
  • Investing your time wisely
  • Anticipating future volatility

Use these insights to make sure you're creating some space to your own career strategy.

Written by two heavyweight HR thinkers Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Josh Bersin this short HBR piece suggests:

  • Rewarding continuous learning
  • Giving meaningful and constructive feedback
  • Leading by example
  • Hiring curious people
Are you doing all 4 in your team?

This Wharton School Professor looks at three areas that show that hiring isn't working and asks some pertinent questions about how this situation came about. At CDP we believe that objective external assessments are a part of the solution. Find out more about our EDAs here

A great piece by Adam Grant about how an excess of a strength can be as bad as a weakness. As he says, "Aristotle argued that virtues lie between deficiency and excess, and there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting that success doesn’t come from playing to your strengths." Do you ever overplay your strengths? This article will help you reflect on that.

This lengthy but perceptive read looks at how personality can affect how people perform in safety critical roles. Its so good I've emailed it separately to my contacts at BA, BP and various construction firms. If you work in such an industry its a must-read. If you know poeple that do, forward them this bulletin. 

Other great content you might be interested in from this week

This week's taster of my book...

"Some people feel overwhelmed and hemmed in when the objective pressure they are under is relatively low. Others seem to handle huge competing pressures with grace and aplomb. This is partly down to the latter using similar approaches and tools to the ones in this book, and partly due to traits like intellectual bandwidth, energy and resilience. But it is more than that. These people’s relationship to the world around them, their place in it, and therefore the space they feel they have is quantitatively – and qualitatively – different from those in the first group. Hence the old aphorism, ‘if you want something done, give it to a busy person."
Introduction, page 4

Who needs Daniel Craig? (Taken at the Bond in Motion exhibition, Covent Garden. All James Bond's classic cars in one place - my son's "going back to school" treat. OK, and mine :)


I’d love to hear from you about the items in this bulletin or anything else, particularly great content you’ve seen that I could include in future: If you think a friend or colleague would find this interesting, then forward this bulletin and they can sign up here

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