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The Sumo Principles of Leadership

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In this highly interactive and practical workshop, Paul McGee will explore his main SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) principles and how they impact our ability to inspire others. His principles relate to any leader whose organization would benefit from taking a fresh look at the following five key areas; Change, Relationships, Attitude, Motivation and Stress. Building on his background in behavioral and social psychology, Paul will give us time to reflect upon our behavior and that of others and identify what hinders our effectiveness. Paul's aim is to provide a memorable, motivational, moving-on experience for delegates, which equips them with 'real world' practical ideas that they can implement immediately. Inspired by the Albert Einstein quote, “The definition of genius is the ability to make the complex simple”, Paul communicates in a clear and simple way, insights and ideas that are profoundly important to us as leaders.

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10% Introduction

  • The need to get off ‘autopilot’ in how we respond to situations, people and challenges.
  • The power and importance of reflection in our personal development as leaders.

30% The Mindset of a Leader

  • Exploring the T E A R Process (Thinking – Emotions – Actions – Results).
  • Why long term change comes only when people begin to think differently about themselves, their roles and other people.
  • The four types of faulty thinking and how they can sabotage and hinder our effectiveness.
  • How to Shut Up Faulty Thinking and Move On to Fruity Thinking.
  • The power of questions and their impact on ourselves and others.

20% Dealing with Setbacks

  • The concept of Hippo Time - the need to wallow. Why it’s necessary to acknowledge “negative emotions” but how to avoid wallowing for too long.
  • How best to help people in Hippo Time and three unhelpful responses to avoid.
  • Developing resilience as leaders and the importance of recovery time.

20% Building Better Relationships

  • Remembering the beach ball – exploring what factors influence people’s perceptions of a situation and why it’s understandable people see things differently from each other.
  • Examine four questions to help you reduce conflict and build better relationships with others.

20% Action Brings Satisfaction

  • Learn Latin – applying the phrase ‘carpe diem’ (seize the day) to our professional and personal lives
  • Identify five reasons why people procrastinate.
  • Applying five strategies to help us turn intention into action.


Primary -- LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Adaptability, Communication, Developmental Perspective, Empathy

Secondary -- PLANNING/ORGANIZING: Problem Identification



Paul McGee is one of the UK's leading speakers on the subject of change, workplace relationships and motivation. His provocatively titled book SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) became an instant best seller and his book on Self Confidence reached number one in the WHSmith's business book chart and remained...


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