Why is an Alpha Male NOT an Alpha Leader

When I think Alpha Male I imagine someone aggressive, dominant and someone who is prepared to win at any cost. Yet most societies (human or otherwise) become successful because of the existence of the Alpha Leader. In his book “Leaders Eat Last” Simon Sinek reminds us of the key difference between ‘Alpha Male’ characteristics (and […]

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Avoid being Judgemental but Learn Good Judgement

Sun King

Good judgement is about “analysing the moment” for future decision making. That’s the difference between being judgemental and using good judgement. At Taking Control we advocate avoid being judgemental but learn good judgement. […]

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STANDOUT from the crowd

STANDOUT from the crowd

How’s business? How often do you get asked that? Recently, I was, by a long-time trade supplier. I asked him the same question, he said, business was tough and worse, he’d lost his love for his work. I said, “what would you really like to do?” His real love was a market where he said: […]

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Taking Control…of your fears!

Diving Board

Ten Meter Tower explores the very real dilemma of weighing up the instinctive fear of ‘doing it’ against the humiliation of having to ‘climb down’ as a failure. […]

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Ruthless Focus – 3 Essential Questions

As the UK enters, what could be, the most turbulent economic instability since the banking crisis of 2008 your business will need to be fit for purpose if it is to prosper. It’s a time for leaders to thrive and demonstrate drive, determination and passion – we call these characteristics the ‘Leader’s Energy’ and successful owner and […]

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The Four Challenges of Leadership

As Britain faces the greatest economic and social challenge of the last 100 years there is no doubt that business leaders are in for a hard ride. However the one constant is that our economic wellbeing will depend heavily on small businesses and entrepreneurs. As usual it will be down to them to continue to […]

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The Stupidity Paradox

To kick off the Taking Control newsletter we though we would share a thought provoking look at modern organisations. The Stupidity Paradox was coined by two academics (Spicer & Alvesson). Functional stupidity can be catastrophic. It can cause organisational collapse, financial meltdown and technical disaster. And there are countless, more everyday examples of organisations accepting […]

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So What? Is there a problem?

Oliviero Toscani Sky Arts Master of Photographer Judge and photographic supreme, demanded of a contestant: “So what?” He wanted to know if the contestant produced a picture, so what? I suggest with any product, idea, service, or solution we ask ourselves,”so what? Is there a problem? Does it offer customer a great solution? If not, […]

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