Falconbury Blog & Industry Comment

Influencing and Persuading – Art or Skill?

Imagine that you were suddenly invited to attend a one hour meeting with a very important stakeholder who has the power to effect great positive change for you and the organization you represent. Suppose that you had requested the meeting on a number of occasions and have been turned down because of the said individual’s lack of availability. Let us assume that on this occasion you have been...

The Leadership Lessons of Theresa May

Private Eye magazine had a heading in a recent issue which read, ‘Theresa May’s Legacy in full’ and that was accompanied by a blank page.

Philip Collins in The Times said, amongst other things that she: ‘never escaped from the iron cage she constructed for herself in the Brexit negotiations’; ‘lacked the verve to seal the deal’; and ‘never adapted her strategy to the loss of...

China Watch

It is worth taking a moment to reflect on the thirty years since Tiananmen Square – the symbolic event which represents the crushing of opposition factions in China – to reflect on that country’s evolving economic position in the world.

How best to sum it up? Strategic planning and implementation at its best would perhaps be China’s own assessment. Long term world economic domination at its...

For Richer, for Poorer

I have followed the fortunes of Julian Richer (founder, owner and boss of Richer Sounds) since he started out in 1978. His story is to be admired because his achievement in commercial success is matched by his principled and ethical management style. Sadly, few business leaders can measure up to him in either capacity.

His latest move, to hand 60% of his business to his 522 employees –...

HR – find your voice

Many managers still hold a traditional view of HR as the “Personnel Department” who manages the administration of people, despite many attempts to raise the profile and numerous changes of job title.

Perhaps this is because as a profession we still don’t champion our own value. Having met and discussed this topic with hundreds of attendees at our programmes the stories of managers only...

 

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