Can outsiders make good leaders?

A version of this article appeared in The Director. Robert Kelsey, author of The Outside Edge, says their failings can be turned into strengths with a few simple steps There’s no use denying it – outsiders make awful leaders. Our individuality and selfishness, along with our sensitivity and defensiveness, are an explosive mix, making us ignorant of the needs of any …

Employing outsiders: a survival guide

A version of this article recently appeared in Management Issues magazine Outsiders are usually the disruptive workplace mavericks that employers cannot wait to see the back of. So how can managers turn them into positive employees? Robert Kelsey – author of The Outside Edge: How Outsiders can Succeed in a World Made by Insiders – explores the challenges and opportunities …

The Browser: Five books – Robert Kelsey on Overcoming Insecurities

The following article is currently on The Browser as part of their Five Books series. The interview was conducted by Sophie Roell.   Most self-help books promise to take you from 0 to 100, but many people reading them are starting at minus 100. The author of What’s Stopping You? picks books that helped him understand his own insecurities, and …

Life lessons from a Texan jail

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”. I kept thinking of the above quote – from Auschwitz survivor Viktor Frankl in his seminal work Man’s Search for Meaning – while reading Gary Mulgrew’s recent book …

10 things I love about Stephen Covey

My book What’s Stopping You? has become a bestseller. But it wouldn’t have even been written without Stephen Covey – the author of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. So in honour of his sad passing – following complications from a cycling fall – I list below the 10 things I most love about Stephen Covey’s work. 1. The Character …

Finding meaning within family roles

I’ve recently completed a second What’s Stopping You? book (called What’s Stopping You – Being More Confident?), which is slated for release in December. And while last time I relied on my good friend and guide Donald Kirkpatrick from LACAP for help on the relevant psychology texts, this time I used more of my own research. Of course, I’m no …