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Leadership Development – On an Index Card

There is a theory in the field of innovation that the greatest breakthroughs come not from freedom, but from constraints. When you are constrained you are forced to think in irregular ways about your challenge, so you improvise. This week while out cycling with Sarah and our little boys, Ollie and Lucas, I fell off my bike and broke my arm. This is of course an excellent constraint. So today rather than a long blog, below I have written what I feel are the most important things you need to know Read more […]

The Big 3 of Leadership Development

The top 3 leadership challenges as rated by 300 leaders from the C-Suite, Senior Executive and Mid-Level. Warren Buffett tells a story about the first time he and Bill Gates met (in other words when the second richest man in the world met the richest). They were at a party when Bill’s dad asked members of their table, “What is the one thing that has most helped you succeed?” According to Buffett, both he and Gates gave the same answer,“I know how to focus.” Most leadership Read more […]

The Moneyball of Leadership Development

The best leadership movie of the last decade has got to be Moneyball. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane the real life GM of the Oakland A’s baseball team. In short, they suck. Not because they aren’t trying hard, but because they have don’t have enough money to spend on players. With no salary cap in baseball the wealthy teams like New York and L.A. outspend everyone else and take all the best players. Billy has a problem. How do you outcompete the rich when you have little money and a crappy Read more […]

Why I Have Stopped Setting Goals

About six month ago I read an interview with Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, in which he said that he had learnt that setting goals was a miserable waste of time: “To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. That’s literally true most of the time. For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds, you will spend every moment until you reach the goal—if you reach it at all—feeling as if you were short of your goal. In other words, goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous Read more […]

Lessons from Harvard vs M.I.T.

About five years ago I was invited to a learning event with 30 other leadership professionals to hear two of the world’s greatest organizational researchers speak. One speaker, a guru from Harvard, had dedicated his life to understanding strategy (I’ve changed the topic to protect the innocent) and the other was a brainiac from M.I.T. who was studying the changing nature of the workplace. The Harvard guru went first. He laid out his research showing why strategy was important, what great Read more […]

New Whitepaper – The How to of Vertical Development, Part 2

Right this paper is finally out! It took a long time because I wanted to get input from as many people around the world as possible. Over the past three months, I interviewed 30 experts from China, Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Belgium, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Australia. If you are interested in understanding how leaders really develop and adding some new tools to your toolkit then here is the best of what I learned…. Read more […]

Part III: The Price of Development – Uncomfortable Heat Experiences

Newton’s First Law of Motion: Every object continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a straight line, unless compelled to change that state by external forces acted upon it. Could just as easily be: Petrie’s First law of Leadership Development: Every leader continues in his state of rest, or in the habitual direction he was heading, unless compelled to change that state by external forces acted upon him. The easiest thing for me these days is to deliver standard CCL Read more […]

Part II: What I Learned From Interviewing 30 Leadership Development Experts Around The World – “Colliding Perspectives”

O.K., I’m back. In my last post, I talked about how I’ve been interviewing leadership development experts about the methods they use to vertically develop leaders. I also described that there are three main levers that they focus on to accelerate development. 1. Colliding Perspectives 2. Heat Experiences 3. New Map Making This week I am going to focus on the first lever, ‘Colliding Perspectives’. This involves orchestrating collisions between people who see the world from very Read more […]

What I Learned From Interviewing 30 Leadership Development Experts Around The World

I know I have been quiet for a while but it has been with good reason. Over the last 4 months I have interviewed 30 leadership development experts from China, Great Britain, Canada, the U.S., New Zealand (yes, we have some), the Netherlands and Australia. The goal has been to work out what are the newest, most interesting and breakthrough approaches these experts are using to develop leaders in their countries. I’ll be publishing the results in an upcoming whitepaper, but over the next few weeks Read more […]

The 70/20/10 of Leadership Development (or Aussies vs Kiwis) If you’ve ever spent time with Australians and New Zealanders you will know that there is a fairly healthy rivalry. In this video my C.C.L. mate, Stu Parsons (a die hard Aussie), interviews me (a true blue Kiwi) about leadership development. And as you can see from his face in the video frame above he is working hard to remain skeptical of my logic. Knowing my Aussie brothers as I do, my guess is he is trying to decide between Read more […]


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Project – The Future of Leadership Development

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Webinar – Future Trends in Leadership Development

A cool part of this job is that I get many interesting speaking requests from organizations around the world. The trouble for me with a young family has always been the travel. The sponsor often counters that we could do it virtually but I have a...

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Hi, I'm Nick Petrie from the Center for Creative Leadership. I've spent the last ten years studying the most important future trends in leadership development. This website is a dedicated resource library to share the big, new important ideas in leadership development as well as the latest methods to apply those ideas. I hope you find it valuable.