Great Leaders are Torchbearers

Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez co-authors of Illuminate discuss the secrets of great leaders during times of change. The design of their book reflects Nancy Duarte’s ability to tell a story visually combined with Patti’s gift of understanding the human dimension.

Their book particularly resonates with us as it focuses on how human beings respond to change and provides commonsense strategies on how to illuminate the path, dissipate fear and minimise disruption.

Together they remind us that great leaders are torchbearers and equip the reader with the tools that leaders like Steve Jobs & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr used to move people. Delivering the secret sauce on how leaders as torchbearers can become relatable heroes & heroines in an adventure of change and transformation as they structure the journey of transformation with the elements essential to constructing an epic adventure.

The book can be found:


The Superchicken Model

A rethink of what drives us to do our best work.

Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where value is placed on star employees who outperform others. Yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams.

Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results.

Build A Tower, Build A Team

The Marshmallow Challenge is a fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity. In our experience of leading experiential management challenges, certain groups of corporate employees typically do better than others! These secrets can be found in Tom Wujec’s TED talk

Interested in running this as a team build? Instructions can be found at:

A personal leadership challenge

A big question – do you have what it takes to be a great and visionary leader?

Deepak Chopra explores how a truly great leader is the heroine/hero of their own story, operating from an inspired inner vision and leveraging their wisdom. We posted this in Scoopit some months ago, however several conversations this past week have acted as a catalyst and prompt to post it here.

Who you are today is shaped by the past

As leaders and influencers of others, the competencies and behaviours that we currently display all have a natural origin and that is often in our childhood or following a response to a significant event. If you want to change a behaviour or habit, if you desire to evolve or grow, pick something that matters to you and follow a few simple steps. Daniel Goleman explains…