The Shadow of the Leader Drives Culture

Posted on January 12, 2020 by Paul O'Dea

Shadow of a leader

You’ve heard the phrase ‘a chip off the old block’? Well, the "shadow of the leader" is a similar concept. It describes the phenomenon where leaders, through their likes and dislikes tend to shape culture and behaviour. Coined by Sean Delany the "shadow of a leader" is a helpful metaphor. Think of organisations you know and how the personality and behaviour of the leader influences their culture.


Posted in: LeadershipCulture

Why the autumn term is a good time for Growth Planning

Posted on September 29, 2019 by Emer O'Donnell

Autumn Growth Planning

There is something about the autumn term; fresh new schoolbooks, new pencils and leaves falling from the trees. For most of us, as far back as early childhood, autumn represents a fresh start.


Posted in: Growth PlanningBusiness GrowthBusiness Growth Transformation

Feedback - seeking it out

Posted on January 05, 2019 by Emer O'Donnell

Feedback-Seeking it out

I seem to be having a lot of conversations about feedback recently. I’ve been struck by how many people work in a feedback vacuum. Despite a growing ‘feedback’ culture, for many, the only real feedback they get is at their annual performance review. For others, particularly leaders in a business, they don’t even get this.


Posted in: Feedback

Ten triggers that tell whether your business needs to transform

Posted on June 01, 2018 by Paul O'Dea

Be a hero

Savvy leaders have a knack of detecting when their business is about to hit a speed bump. They have inbuilt early warning systems. Like pilots in a cockpit, they know when it’s time to change course.


Posted in: Business Growth Transformation

Why Sharing More With Your Team Could Have Surprising Results

Posted on February 07, 2017 by Emer O'Donnell

CEO explaining

Every management team has its own dynamics. Some operate in a fully transparent environment, other keep information strictly on a "need to know basis." But what impact does the sharing of information have?


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Sweet Spot is the Secret of Strategy

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Paul O'Dea

Doublet-Sweet Spots

Doublet is a French family business that provides signage design, production and installation services to customers, like the Tour de France. They are at the top of their game in delivering visual impact. Everyone wants their signage, flags and services - corporates, retailers, public bodies, local public bodies and sports associations.


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Giving Feedback - Two Stars, One Wish

Posted on June 16, 2016 by Emer O'Donnell

Two Stars One Wish

In our last blog post on feedback we talked about how to elicit more feedback and avoid the feedback vacuum.


Posted in: Feedback

Send your sales team to the movies

Posted on March 18, 2016 by Paul O'Dea

Send your sales team to the movies copy

Buyers have access to more information than ever before. They are well educated on what they need. Most are well down the buying process before they meet a salesperson. Their eyes glaze over as another powerpoint deck is opened.


Posted in: Sales

Send your marketing people to coding and maths classes

Posted on March 02, 2016 by Paul O'Dea


The role of marketing is to fill the top of the sales funnel with leads that might be interested in buying your product. Traditionally marketing used a variety of ‘tools’ like conferences, PR, keynote speeches, database building and email campaigns.


Posted in: Marketing

Culture-Don't let your garden become overgrown with weeds

Posted on February 02, 2016 by Paul O'Dea


There is something special about a company of twenty people. In particular, one that has reached a key milestone like product market fit and has a viable financial model.


Posted in: CultureLeadership

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