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Why we need to be more discerning as people & leaders


This month, we turn to the topic of being more discerning. Several pieces of recent content have prompted this theme.

In “Digital Minimalism“, Cal Newport encouraged us to be more discerning in our use of time & focus. In “How Charts Lie“, Alberto Cairo encouraged us to be more discerning when reading & sharing Data Visualisations.

So, is that easier or harder to do these days? Why should it matter for us as leaders and in our wider lives? To help kick us off in thinking about this topic, I’m pleased to welcome back guest blogger Tony Boobier.


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The goal of this blog is to help you develop as a leader. Enabling you to better develop your vision, team & to make a greater difference in your business.

To achieve that, I seek to share a blend of content. From more technical content keeping pace with the latest developments to timeless leadership wisdom. Together with recommending books & events to help along the way.


How to avoid being deceived by the ways charts can lie


To finalise our series on values, I offer a book review to help analysts not lie. Well, actually it’s as much to help leaders avoid being deceived.

The book in question is the brilliantly timely “How Charts Lie” by Alberto Cairo. Those familiar with the field of Data Visualisation will already know Alberto’s name from either his presentations or his past books “The Truthful Art” & “The Functional Art”.

Alberto is the Knight Chair of Visual Journalism at the University of Miami. How cool a job title is that? With a background in journalism, in this book, he turns his attention to the layperson.


14 Leadership principles that drive Amazon to be Customer-Centric


I suspect Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, will be a controversial choice as a Values-Based Leader. But here’s a post sharing how Amazon demonstrates Customer-Centric values.

To provide such a perspective on Values-Based Leadership, I’m delighted to welcome back guest blogger Ian Golding. Rather than focus on some of the more controversial People Management practices, here’s Ian’s take on Amazon as a CX leader.

You may recall that Ian is an internationally recognised CX author, speaker & consultant. He has shared with us previously on the vital need for accountability.


Would you benefit from Digital Minimalism to reduce your screen addiction?

Digital Minimalism

At the start of 2020, I committed to reading more non-fiction, the first book I read was Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport.

I’ve shared a book review of Cal’s previous classic, “Deep Work“. As that post explains, that book focusses on how to be less distracted so as to produce greater quality work. In Digital Minimalism, Cal turns his attention to our personal lives.

It seems fitting to be sharing this book review at a time when our theme is Values-Based Leadership. I say that because my coaching work confirms how many leaders want to protect more time. Time for deeper thinking & stronger relationships. This book might just be that opportunity.


Values-based Leaders need to Show not just Say how they are different

show not just say

Continuing our investigation of Value Based Leadership, why is it important for leaders to show not just say?

With so many waves of different fads in leadership theory, it is no wonder that most people in most businesses are skeptical. Let’s be honest, they’ve heard great things about CRM, Data-Led, Customer-Centric & Innovation. Yet they too often look around and little appears to have changed.

That is why I totally agree with a plea from guest blogger, Annette Franz, that today’s leaders need to show not just say. Otherwise Values Based Leadership will be discredited as yet another passing fashion.


Stop focussing on Doing and start Being the leader you need to be


To continue our focus on Values-Based Leadership, let’s turn our attention to the difference between Doing & Being.

Is that just a philosophical question or would you act differently as a leader if you focus on being rather than doing? I know from my own experience of coaching leaders that this can be a meaningful journey of growing competence.

So, to explain the difference and its relevance to you as a leader, please welcome back guest blogger Kevin Watson. You may recall that Kevin is an experienced leadership coach. He has shared with us before on topics including Team Mission & Managing Virtual Teams.