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Monday, 21 November 2011

Richard on Swindon radio again

I'll be on Swindon Radio again tonight from 6-7 p.m. talking to Gerry and Peter about business growth & coaching, with the Swindon Coaching Team. Listen online or phone in!

http://www.swindon1055.com/show/business

Saturday, 19 November 2011

City of London doesn't know its motto!

Recently I wrote about the importance of trust in business, and quoted the motto of the London Stock Exchange "My word is my bond." In a recent survey of people working in the financial services industry in London only 14% knew the motto. Scary!

You can read the report here - Vision and Values: Perceptions of Ethics in the City Today.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Building your brand and the importance of values

At the NRG networking lunch in Bristol today, Melissa Neill of PR specialist HYPR gave a great talk about developing your branding (as a person or as a business) with lively discussion about well known personalities such as Richard Branson and Margaret Thatcher.

I found it fascinating to discover that the people with the strongest brands are those whose values come through clearly, that is we know what they stand for and it is consistent. It helps too if we are able to connect with them emotionally. From a change leadership point of view I would add that it is taking a stand for something that brings about change.

Phil Cheesman, who was in the discussions at our table, commented that when business owners seek to develop a brand with values that conflict with their personal values this often becomes a major source of stress. Interesting!

The coaching I deliver to business leaders includes threads of developing Authentic Leadership, which includes integrity of values, and leading change: so I can see the benefits of this to people and organisations who want to develop a strong brand and to be effective in the world of business or politics.

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