Blog Archives

Posts directly on the Challenging Coaching website by John or Ian.

Donald Trump and The Nine Habits of Trust

‘Whatever you do, don’t mention Donald Trump’. This was the final bit of advice I received from colleagues as I prepared for my trip to the US to speak to Vistage CEO advisory groups in Boston and Chicago on the topic of The Trusted Executive. I don’t know about you,

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Red Flag Day: BBC opens its books to shame us all

I am delighted to feature a guest post from my co-director in The Trusted Executive Foundation, Mac Farquhar. Here is Mac’s valuable insight into the recently published BBC pay report:-

The BBC pay report caused outrage last week after the publication of salaries of on-air talent earning more than £150,000 revealed glaring discrepancies.

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Interview for Director Magazine: ‘Managers Manage, Leaders Anticipate’

John Blakey visited Estonia in April, at the invitation of the Estonian Business School, and spoke at the conference “University of Employers” about the role of trust in today’s business world. He noted that business leaders play the key role in restoring trust in society, since studies indicate that the trust of people towards all institutions is at an all-time low.

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Grenfell Tower: Let the Trust-Builders Come

The charred remains of Grenfell Tower stand over the city of London as an accusing finger.

The anger seething in those Kensington streets boils in its own intensity.

Seeking an outlet.

Seeking someone to blame.

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May vs Corbyn: Trust in Power vs Power of Trust

We all saw it. That moment when the guy in the audience at the TV election debate mouthed the word ‘bollocks’ as the Prime Minister was talking about her plans for the NHS. Maybe we laughed? Maybe we were shocked? Maybe we were disgusted? Yet somehow, as the clip went viral on social media,

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