Opinion: Leadership and the ‘Lord of the Flies Principles’

Lord of the Flies Principle - LandD Generous

Whilst the ‘Lord of the Flies principles’ are meant to apply to austere or survival situations, there are certain business/work situations where, due to various stresses, the principles may apply…the more obvious one being number 2; “Leaders frequently become obsessed with maintaining control rather than leading”. An interesting thought…

Have a great weekend.


Sam 🙂

In the News: Lessons In Leadership: It’s Not About You. (It’s About Them)

Most of us in the L&D/OD world already know that effective management and leadership is about enabling one’s team members to be able to ‘succeed’, however, what seems logical and normal to us if often not known and/or embraced by managers/leaders themselves. Here’s a brief, but interesting, article from GPB News. Have a great weekend and see you again on Monday. Cheers, Sam 🙂

Ronald Heifetz draws on his training as a psychiatrist to coach aspiring leaders at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Ronald Heifetz draws on his training as a psychiatrist to coach aspiring leaders at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.









By: Shankar Vedantam – GPB News

Ronald Heifetz has been a professor of public leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School for three decades, teaching classes that have included aspiring business leaders and budding heads-of-state. Each year, he says, the students start his course thinking they’ll learn the answer to one question:

As leaders, how can they get others to follow them? Continue reading

In the News: 25 signs you’re a horrible boss

Who hasn’t worked for a boss like this at some point in their lives!?! Have a great weekend. Cheers, Sam






By: Warren Harmer – 9 News – 18/12/2013

Being the boss of a small business means you have better relationships with your employees, right? Not so fast. Check your traits against this list to see whether you’re a lousy leader.

I work in a utopian workplace. A place where my colleagues are helpful, friendly and supportive, and challenges are solved through open discussion. People are valued and appreciated; communication is proactive and honest. The boss genuinely cares that everyone loves their job.

It’s the same for all workplaces, right? After all, we all know that’s how you get the most from your team and really grow a business.

Experience has shown me that unfortunately this is not the case. More commonly, the workplace and the boss who runs it are not so ideal. So, in an effort to make horrible bosses aware of their failings and hopefully instigate change towards a more utopian environment for small businesses, I have identified 25 things bad bosses do. Continue reading

In the News: 10 Common Leadership & Management Mistakes

A great summary of the common mistakes made by leaders from Mindtools.com – after all, if we don’t recognise our mistakes, how can we improve? Sam…

Common Leadership Mistakes




By: Mindtools.com

Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.– Oscar Wilde

It’s often said that mistakes provide great learning opportunities.

However, it’s much better not to make mistakes in the first place!

In this article, we’re looking at 10 of the most common leadership and management errors, and highlighting what you can do to avoid them.

If you can learn about these here, rather than through experience, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble! Continue reading