There is a theory in the field of innovation that the greatest breakthroughs come not from freedom, but from constraints. When you are constrained you are forced to think in irregular ways about your challenge, so you improvise.

This week while out cycling with Sarah and our little boys, Ollie and Lucas, I fell off my bike and broke my arm. This is of course an excellent constraint. So today rather than a long blog, below I have written what I feel are the most important things you need to know about leadership development………… on an index card.

If you like this, please share it and I will write another…..

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4 thoughts on “Leadership Development – On an Index Card

  1. Sorry about the broken arm… but this is a nicely succinct summary of some fundamental things. I don’t entirely agree with all of it, (but then I’m sure you wouldn’t want me to!) but about 90% of it resonates strongly with me. It’s also interesting to reflect on how many managers, organizations and even leadership thinkers still don’t grasp some of this – particularly the parts about building strengths and working with those who want to change, rather than bashing your head on the brick wall of weakness and intransigence. Nice one.

  2. Sorry about the broken arm… but this is a nicely succinct summary of some fundamental things. I don’t entirely agree with all of it, (but then I’m sure you wouldn’t want me to!) but about 90% of it resonates strongly with me. It’s also interesting to reflect on how many managers, organizations and even leadership thinkers still don’t grasp some of this – particularly the parts about building strengths and working with those who want to change, rather than bashing your head on the brick wall of weakness and intransigence. Nice one.

  3. I love this! (but sorry about the arm) I think this would be a great exercise for an executive team to really tease out their company philosophy around leadership and talent development. There is a lot to be said for keeping it simple and succinct. Your next challenge is to make sure each statement can be captured in a 140 character tweet (they may be there already)

  4. I love this! (but sorry about the arm) I think this would be a great exercise for an executive team to really tease out their company philosophy around leadership and talent development. There is a lot to be said for keeping it simple and succinct. Your next challenge is to make sure each statement can be captured in a 140 character tweet (they may be there already)

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