Tom McCallum
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Richie Porte supported Chris Froome to win the 2013 Tour de France (see video)

Professional road stage cycling is unique in that it is a team sport in which the glory goes to one individual, to a lesser exten to the team, then the other team riders are often forgotten by all other than the true cognoscenti. In 2013 Chris Froome (in the “maillot jaune” above, the yellow race leader’s jersey) won the Tour de France, yet critical to him succeeding, to him reaching his full potential, to (literally) climbing mountains, was the selfless presence supporting him of Richie Porte, riding just ahead of Froome in the photo. …


Purpose, People, Planet - Profit for Impact Triple Bottom Line
Purpose, People, Planet - Profit for Impact Triple Bottom Line
Scale for Impact model, from the article “Leading from Purpose

Imagine you are deciding what your next career role might be. Now, imagine both of these are valid and available choices:

  1. Join a billion-dollar multinational corporation in an executive role and, make a 1% difference in the positive impact they have for the broader community, or
  2. Join a million-dollar budget social enterprise and double that size and impact

Let’s do the rational calculation here around options 1 and 2:

  1. 1% of £1bn = £10 million more in impact
  2. Doubling $1m = $1m growth

So, option 1 means you will have 10x the impact, so rationally if you are yourself driven by purpose and wanting to make a greater impact, you’ll always choose to join the corporation that you can only make 1% better, rather than the pure and wonderful social enterprise where you can double their impact, right? …


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How could you speed up the process of Covid testing drivers to get them through a bottleneck and keep supply lines flowing? How about learning Polish?

Currently many in the British Army are deployed supporting UK domestic and civilian roles. One of these areas is in supporting Covid tests at the pinchpoint of the English Channel, where lorry/truck drivers are given Covid tests before being permitted to travel to and from mainland Europe. Many of the drivers are from Eastern Europe, including Poland. …


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Mornin’ to you! How is your Sunday looking? Big plans? Here in London, as regular readers will know, we are locked down for, well, the next couple of months or so I’d figure, so I have no plans, nothing I have to do today.

Now, when it comes to my work with leaders, I often use the adage:

the less you do, the more valuable you are

What do I mean by this? Simply that the role of the leader is to lead, not to manage, certainly not to “do”, or as I also often say:

Leadership is about people, end of…


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Take care of your people , I wrote yesterday, reflections from a call with a CEO who had focussed on that one thing since the pandemic had begun, a focus that has been key to their business entering 2021 thriving. In that discussion it felt clear that this was only truly possible as the business had been focussing on their people for years, it was the culture of the organisation already.

2020 was absolutely a very tough year, but for those that already had firm foundations focussed on their people will generally have come through it well. A, reminded of a quote: “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” …


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This week I had a catch up call with a past client, a CEO who I hadn’t spoken to since early in the pandemic. They and their business have come through things well, largely due to foundations laid year before at multiple levels. One thing that stood out for me is that this CEO had a singular focus throughout. From this, for all leaders, above all else:

take care of your people

The one thing that will both help you and your organisation through what is to come in 2021 and beyond is this, plus it will build an even stronger foundation for the future. Whether you are a small or large business or a small or large country, take care of your people and you build a foundation for the future. …


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Alison Macondray, “Genius extractor”

You might think that podcasts are often too long and too meandering to be of interest and value, but really, if you look, you can find that some are shorter, perhaps thirty minutes long, and full of stimulating, entertaining, valuable ideas. Yes, like my weekly show # WhatComesNextLive :)

This week I had the pleasure of having my friend Alison Macondray on #Whatcomesnextlive, where she shared many powerful learnings around how to share your message and have an impact, whether you are giving a TED talk, pitching to investors, engaging people in social or environmental activism (to give but three examples of the types of clients she and her partner Matt work with at AliMat Inc. …


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Sir Angus Grossart

Inspired by Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger and an avid student of them as I am, I often use the phrase:

one of the easiest ways to make money is to think longer term than the next guy

With that I often refer to “patient capital” and am, my bias I admit, openly skeptical of Private Equity and Venture Capital and their (to me) short term timeframes for investment, though I note that I am skeptical yet open and have met a number of “patient” investors in those spaces too.

Well, today I am reminded of Sir Angus Grossart, a very wise man and at or close the top of any short list of the greatest investors ever in Scotland. …

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