Henry V and Leadership

The Chroniclers suggest that at Agincourt Henry V either grabbed his sword and shouted “follow me lads” or he gave an inspiring speech. As a writer, Shakespeare naturally chose the latter.

This is one of the most inspiring leadership speeches there is. It is worth analysing how Henry ensures all his team are committed, how he emphasises the team rather that the heroic leader, and how he uses a vision of the future to influence the present.


Worth 10 minutes to watch and think.

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How do you relax?

Stress helps us perform better – up to a point. Too much unremitting stress can kill, or destroy minds.

Finding ways to relax in order to manage stress levels is an important element of wellbeing, but also of performance. Please share in the comments your favourite method of relaxing, and consider whether methods used by others might help you.

Germany’s Apprenticeship System Struggling?

One of the strengths of the German Wirtschaftswunder is the vocational training system. I keep attending events where the UK’s skills crisis is discussed – a crisis that has been continuing for at least a decade. One of the points that keeps coming up (in the West Midlands at least) is that we have too many graduates and too few apprentices.

This article from Reuters suggests that all is not now well with the German system, with a shortage of candidates. Guess what? More young people are being encouraged to go to university.

Ever get the feeling that there is no perfect system?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-education-insight/on-the-job-training-a-german-export-hit-losing-favor-at-home-idUSKBN1KH1GO