Carol O’Connor

Dr. Carol O’Connor has more than 30 years experience working with businesses, groups and individuals from every background and from five continents. She knows that leadership is crucial to success at every level. In fact, whenever she’s seen an organization fail, it was due to poor, unskilled or non-existent leadership.

Recently, Carol watched through digital media as Felicity Aston, the British explorer, crossed Antarctica alone. Pulling a double sledge with her supplies, Felicity broke three world records. Why? Just to see if she could. This is what leaders do. They agree to a big challenge and then stay with it until the end. Regardless of whether they achieve success or failure, they inspire other people to say, "I can do that too." Carol started her business, Vision in Practice Ltd. in 1991 and specializes in leadership development. Her role is to help leaders achieve their goals, clarify quality standards, and inspire their colleagues to work together towards growth and prosperity. She has written eight successful books about business. Carol also has a black belt in Aikido, a Japanese martial art. Training for this taught her at an early age that falling down is the first step to getting up and living to fight another day.

Q&A

Q: What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
A: Limitations are self-imposed. Believing that we cannot achieve our goals is just an idea that lives in our own heads. There is always a solution and it's the leader's job, our job, to find that even if this seems impossible at first

Q: What is the best advice you've ever been given?
A: Winning is a dynamic process. Dr. George Brown, the Gestalt psychologist, advised me always to sit on the same side of the table as any adversary. If they move, then join them: physically and metaphorically. My goal is to find mutual benefit. This is the key to making long-lasting deals. Pride and arrogance get in the way of winning - every time

Q: What is the most underrated skill in business?
A: Following through. Big ideas are actually easy to find. The leader's job is to make those big ideas a reality. This requires the will power to make tough decisions and get results

Books by Carol O’Connor in this series

Successful Leadership in a Week: Teach Yourself