Category Archives: The Leader Board

Confidence Takes Alan On Direct Path To Success

ONE look at his management profile confirms that Alan Hughes has made a seismic impact on the world of banking. Having been there and done it he has not so much worn the T-shirt as organised the manufacturing process, chosen the design and materials, and personally motivated the machinists with a sprinkling of his entrepreneurial stardust.

Naked Leader is very proud, pleased and excited to announce that Alan will be speaking at the Naked Leader Conference in October, where he will enlighten delegates on the success story that is First Direct. As chief executive of the UK banking giant his is a story worth listening to.

In his exalted role he has trebled its size and made it profitable whilst increasing its [...]… Continue Reading

Devon Relish For Jana In Clovelly

Jana Edwards in Clovelly

THE road to true happiness rarely runs smooth so there is a certain irony that Jana Edwards has found her vocation in a village famed for its cobbled street.

By her own admission Jana’s arrival in Clovelly, north Devon’s jewel in the crown boasting an 800-year heritage and iconic status, came about by accident rather than design.

Now though, three years into an exciting new business venture at the tourist magnet, the free-spirited Canadian entrepreneur knows it is where she was meant to be.

Her own self-propelled voyage of discovery is a clear message for us all.

Like Naked Leader she advocates ‘living in the moment’, ‘trusting our own instincts’ and ‘pursuing our dreams’ – all tips she would pass [...]… Continue Reading

Buy Into Ownership

WORK on ownership, accountability and strengths. Hold a meeting and, as a team, agree that no one will ever say anything behind each others’ backs which they would not say to their faces.

This is a given, and must be accepted on an emotional level. If everyone simply nods, they will not do it. If anyone suggests they are already doing this, just ask them if there is anyone in the team that they do not particularly ‘get on with’. If they say ‘Yes’, ask them what happened when they shared that with that person, in private. People must buy into this at an emotional level. Everyone must buy into it.

(Extract from The Naked Coach)

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Get Rewarded – Take Out The Positives

CHOOSING to live a positive life isn’t easy – it is worth it, though.

Whatever we do in our lifetimes takes commitment and a will to achieve success and not to accept failure. The rewards can be great – and they don’t have to be financial.

Right from when we were children we have learned the essentials by repetitive practice and by not giving up. Such as learning to crawl, to walk, to ride a bike.

Don’t say ‘it can’t be done’ because as a child, you just did it. There was no instant formula. Once we have mastered the habit of things we all now consider normal, we have, in our minds, accepted it is a habit we can replicate.

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Mark Meets University Challenge Head On

BRIDGING the gap between education and business is a passion of Mark Durkin.

So there can be no greater gift in his role of Professor of Marketing at the University of Ulster than equipping his students with the tools they need to flourish in the harsh world of commerce.

On October 24, at the Naked Leader Conference – Leadership That Makes You Money – Naked Leader founder David Taylor will welcome Mark on to the stage for a debate about Education versus Experience in the workplace. Both will give their viewpoint in what promises to be a fascinating session.

For Mark, there is a paradoxical issue surrounding the area of the skills required by employers. For him, it is not so much about [...]… Continue Reading

Olivia Joins NL In Meeting Of Minds

Olivia Solomon

‘IT’S all in the mind’! You will know the phrase. And actually, everything we do is governed by how and what we think.

So, how well do you know your own mind – and more pertinently, do you mind your own business? In other words, do you lead, rather than follow, in your actions, in a proactive, rather than reactive way?

Olivia Solomon is someone who understands completely the thought processes behind why we do what we do.

Now Naked Leader is about to be the lucky recipient of the 23-year-old postgraduate’s expertise in the fascinating subject of psychology, an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviours.

Olivia has been appointed Psychology Researcher for Naked [...]… Continue Reading

The Special One – You!

CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho maybe the self-styled Special One. Well, imagine having the power to make every day special. Well, here’s the secret. You already have it. Every day can be as you want it to be. It comes with having a positive frame of mind. If you can expect the day to be a good one then the anticipation you generate can help achieve that positivity.

It is often said that a lack of mental visualisation is the greatest barrier to success. Well, many athletes, and yes, people in business, continue to strive for excellence, to go that extra mile, to be the best. Record times are beaten, some thought to be impossible, such as running a mile under four [...]… Continue Reading

Train Yourself To Succeed

RATHER like the queue at a train or bus station – there comes a time when people want to get on. Of course, in life, there’s no need to climb aboard public transport to get yourself moving forward, rather, you can decide which direction to take and then set about doing it yourself.

How? By first assessing your strengths and weaknesses and analysing the situation you are in. Once you know those answers, the power is your hands to start off in the right direction – and never look back.

How you apply certain actions depends entirely on your assessment of your own performance. Ask yourself where you are and what you can do. You need to know yourself, and what you [...]… Continue Reading

Jim is ACE in pack

Jim Collins

HAVING enjoyed a six-year spell as a Managing Director in a major UK company Jim Collins is well qualified to comment on the question of leadership.

He has a few cards up his sleeve. Crucially, though, he makes sure his workforce have the ACE – his key watchwords; Autonomy, Confidence and Empowerment, because, for Jim, these are critical elements he strives to endorse, and all employees under his remit (be they involved in technical, commercial or sales) know they are very much responsible for their own actions.

Moreover, they are given the freedom to express themselves and given the best tools they can expect, therefore allowing them to be the best they can be as individuals within a dynamic team.

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Join In The NL Forum – Today

INTERACTIVE websites. Given the chance would you vote FORUM?

Well, Naked Leader advocates people becoming involved, comment, be in the game – none more so than where company founder David Taylor’s blog is concerned, entitled Naked Leader Week.

Among the recent jewels was, ‘All the things that are wrong with you‘ which started with ‘Dear You’ and ended with ‘Enjoy being you today’ – with nothing written in between. That’s what you call invention!

Elaine Neale was moved to say: ‘Uncanny! I was just having a “moment” when your article came through. Thank you for reminding me to think of myself and to spend time on me as I do others.’

Claire Silvester started her comment with this quote: ‘It is a funny thing [...]… Continue Reading