Loving Bernie Sanders use of the rhetorical tricolon…

….”The American people are sick and tired with establishment politics, sick and tired of establishment economics, and sick and tired of establishment media”. Sam Leith in his excellent book on rhetoric for leaders – You Talking To Me – which I read over the summer explains how powerful the tricolon can be. Barack Obama uses it. Try it on your next all hands call and see what happens. Meanwhile, even if Bernie’s campaign fizzles out, he won’t be forgotten.


Lovely feedback email from the writer of the musical Daniel in Babylon…

…”Hi Ciaran, Good to read your latest newsletter as always! I’m not sure that I ever really let you know that it was during our session that you pointed out to me (and I realised) that I must follow my career passion, whatever it takes. In my case, that is to write (and produce) musicals. I’ve since had 2 on stage, completed a third last year and have started writing my fourth. Linda Walton. CEO Solid Rainbow; Writer: Daniel in Babylon ” (Email reproduced with her permission)

Thank you for the feedback Linda and good luck with Daniel in Bablyon.


Bully for General Sir Nick Carter for focusing on purpose, strategy and behaviours…

…in his defence this morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme of his stance on rooting out bullying in all ranks of the Army when challenged that this might lead to a “politically correct brigade”. He did this cleverly by not accepting the premise of the question and instead by focusing on the purpose of the Army, which he chillingly described as “killing the Queen’s enemies”. Whether you like this purpose or not, it is at least clear and explicit. He then referred constantly to his strategy which I took to be “operational edge”. Then and only then did he address the issue of bullying. His point was that bullying does not help implement a strategy of “operational edge” to achieve the purpose. There are significant differences between war and business, and sometimes none. There is a long tradition of our looking to soldiers for help in leadership. I have seen horrible examples of bullying in business over thirty years. It’s therefore refreshing and reassuring to hear a leader speak firmly on strategy, propose and appropriate behaviours.

Bully for him.