Julia Middleton's thoughts on leadership

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Leaders set a challenge with heart

October 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Yesterday we had the first Advisory Group meeting of Dishaa: a new initiative for future leaders in the UK and India. The Advisory Group for this initiative includes senior leaders from both countries who, throughout the careers and outside their areas of work, have achieved extraordinary things. They set the challenge which will be met [...]

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What will you do to see the world differently?

October 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The 360 Day approaches. For so many leaders, Common Purpose provides an opportunity to see the world through other people’s eyes so it’s great that the Common Purpose 360 Day should challenge people to do something along these lines. Common Purpose extends to every leader an invitation to do one thing, big or small, to [...]

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Board of forgotten diversity

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

There is a lot of discussion and commentary at the moment in the UK about boards and governance following the Financial Reporting Council’s publication of the UK Corporate Governance Code (formerly the Combined Code). It’s all about how you ensure that the boards of the future protect us from the disasters over the last couple [...]

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Leaders through the lens

April 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

So the first of the great televised debates for the top political job in the UK takes place tonight, and I am wondering which lens we should all be watching it through… Shall we focus on what these three men have to say on policy? Or the issues? Or will we scrutinise their competency? Or [...]

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Mentoring leaders beyond belief

March 30th, 2010 · 4 Comments

When I was 29 and full of ideas for Common Purpose I met Anita Roddick for tea at the Meridian Hotel in Piccadilly, London. She had no idea who I was. I had begged a friend of a friend to introduce us. Over tea I told her my ideas and asked her to chair Common [...]

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Making Good Society? Some ingredients are missing.

March 25th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Making Good Society is the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in the UK and Ireland, published by the Carnegie UK Trust this month. I think the report speaks to some strong points, but I do take issue with some of the content. Alarm bells go off for [...]

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Leadership is not about talking ‘closed shop’

January 29th, 2010 · No Comments

This week I read an article by Robert Bruce in Financial Director that highlighted the need for some plain speaking honesty from financial directors. It really hit the nail on the head for me when I think how arrogant and self-important ‘closed shop’ speak can be, and how flawed the communications skills of many leaders [...]

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Cutting through the noise in Davos

January 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

In amongst all the noise from Davos – and I’m only concerned that there is so much to listen to that people will switch off – but it is lovely to hear from a banker in this film who actually did do a great job in 2009. What comes across when he speaks about the [...]

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Start a debate

August 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments

“Dialogue without difference is pointless.” I wrote that down fast when the chair of a Strategic Health Authority in the UK said it to me the other day. What’s the point in talking things through with people who agree with you? So why do we spend our time doing it? And why do we get [...]

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Summer Reading

July 31st, 2009 · 4 Comments

I am on holiday now. My main challenge has become producing daily picnics for large numbers of teenagers in Scotland!  There was a feature on BBC breakfast this morning about what your holiday reading choice says about you. As it happens, I made the terrible mistake last week of sending lots of friends  a text [...]

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