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Uncommon Leadership: how to build competitive advantage by thinking differentlyThis website was created by Phil Higson and Professor Anthony Sturgess, authors of Uncommon Leadership: how to build competitive advantage by thinking differently.

Both Phil and Anthony are experienced managers and educators who have seen a wide range of working situations. They have been inspired by their work and life experiences to create a website designed to help make the workplace a better place. And who better to make this happen than managers?

Phil and Anthony believe it’s managers and leaders who play the critical role in creating that better place. Their website is aimed at supporting and developing managers, so they can do the same for the people they manage.

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