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Emotional Intelligence: Smarts, Humour & Pluck

by Tom O'Connor on September 19th, 2010

The most quoted line from Tony Blair’s recent autobiography, A Journey, is probably his ledger-like description of Gordon Brown: “Political calculation, yes. Political feelings, no. Analytical intelligence, absolutely. Emotional intelligence, zero.” Emotional Intelligence & Gordon Brown Many earlier sources paint a similar picture of Brown, most notably Lord Turnbull’s  reference to his “Stalinist ruthlessness”. Equally […]

Leadership: Ready, Aim, Fire

by Tom O'Connor on September 7th, 2010

The military world is fertile territory for the study of leadership.  Business school journals abound with references to military scholars: Sun Tzu, Julius Caesar, Niccolo Machiavelli, Antoine-Henri Jomini & Karl Von Clausewitz.  Leadership & military language Many of the words in our business vocabulary come straight from the battlefield:  strategy, tactics, operations, contingencies, logistics, divisions […]