Graham’s blog

When The Current Gets In The Way Of The Future

I’ve just returned from a couple of weeks of travel which has taken me from Poland to Denmark to Manchester and finally to Dallas, where the temperature reached 114F and the time I spent outdoors can be counted in minutes rather than hours.

My activities have ranged from delivering conference presentations to 140 senior leaders in GE and then to 150 partners in the fast-growing law firm,…

When Coping Isn’t Enough

I delivered a keynote lecture a couple of weeks ago to 80 students at Cranfield University who are coming to the conclusion of their MSc in Strategic Marketing degree. My preparation for the lecture turned out to be much more thought-provoking than I had anticipated. As I began to think about the challenges that face what was predominantly a mid-to-late 20s audience as they venture out into t…

You Really Can Learn How To Thrive On Pressure

Did you watch the final round of the US Open last week? Were you hiding behind your cushion with everything crossed in the desperate hope that Rory Mcllroy would not put us, and himself, through the same pain we endured only a couple of months ago as we witnessed him blow a four-shot lead in the final round of the Masters?

What a turn-around! The forlorn figure that had so vividly and…

For The Highest Achievers, Self-Destruction Is Never far Away

Since establishing TOP Performance Consulting, I have been contacted by an increasing number of people attracted by the notion that they can develop the ability to thrive on pressure (TOP!). This, together with my work with some very successful individuals over the past few weeks, has reminded me how people who get to the top of their profession are not always prepared for the challenges coming…

Welcome to Guest Blog 2

I am delighted to announce the posting of the second Guest Blog on the TOP Performance Consulting website. It is written by Costas Markides who is Professor of Strategic and International Management at London Business School. Costas is the author of several books on strategy and innovation and I am sure you will enjoy his thoughts on ‘From Knowing To…

Get Off To A Winning Start

TOP Performance Consulting Ltd is now a few months old and I’ve found myself in a very fortunate situation. First, my Associate Consultant status with Lane4 means that I’ve been able to continue working with large organisations such as JP Morgan and Nationwide on some fascinating interventions.

Second, I’ve really enjoyed the challenge and exhilaration of growing a business again. When I…

Raising Your Game

My attention over the past few weeks has been almost exclusively consumed by preparing and delivering presentations and workshops as an Associate of Lane4 to senior leaders in large organizations. The top 200 leaders in JP Morgan’s EMEA Investment Banking business, the 45 most senior leaders in the Post Office, the Executive Team at Marie Stopes International, 35 leaders in Nationwide and…

Welcome to My Guest Blog

As TOP Performance Consulting’s website evolves, I am keen to broaden its horizons as much as possible. I am starting with the introduction of a ‘Guest Blog’ which will provide different perspectives from people highly accomplished in their fields.

I am delighted, therefore, to announce the posting of the first Guest Blog. It is written by Dr Paul Marciano who I met during my time in t…

A Consultant’s Delight

At this time last year I wrote about my aches and pains following a week of skiing amongst the millions of trees in Vermont. I am experiencing those same aches and pains as I write now after my annual skiing trip, this time to the steep slopes of Val Thorens in France.

At this time last year, I also told you in my blog (20th March, 2010) about a company called Sabretooth Capital Partners, a…

How Do You Create a Real Leadership Culture?

I have received positive feedback from a number of you about an article which appeared recently in Training Journal. The article addressed a question I have been asked on many occasions: how do you create a real leadership culture? In the article, I describe how the essence of creating a real leadership culture lies in supporting those leaders who strive to spend most of their time at the rea…