Book Review: “Will it make the boat go faster?” Hunt-Davis & Beveridge (Troubadour 2011)

Uh-oh: another book written by a sportsperson  about defeating the odds after a career of almost winning.  In this case, Ben Hunt-Davis, a British Olympic champion in rowing’s coxed 8’s in the Sydney Olympics of 2000.  Surely this can add nothing to the saturated world of the published ‘bon-mots’ and tired homilies that follow major […]

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What if everyone was a leader? Part 4: Empowering change in company culture

The distributed leadership model of corporate culture continues to attract a growing following among businesses actively working to support a wider uptake of individual responsibility and enhanced performance in their teams. We’ve seen in recent articles how this is now the case; but here, in this final instalment in our four-part series on the subject, […]

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What if everyone was a leader? Part 3: Supporting individual performance

Our series exploring the changing landscape of business leadership, and the emergence of distributed leadership as an effective model to enhance performance, continues in this latest instalment.

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The impact of unconscious bias

Whilst we would like to think we are fair, broad-minded and unbiased, everyone is influenced by thoughts and feelings that reside in our unconscious and which impact on our everyday thinking and behaviour – and at work, on our performance and decision making.  Generally, biases are helpful and adaptive because they enable us to make […]

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The Future of Talent Management

The team at Primeast has had a long association with the world of Talent Management and has taken some quite controversial stances over the years.  This has tended to put us into a privileged position where we have a good sense of what the trends are and where the discipline is heading.  We thought it […]

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Why being assertive can benefit your business

Developing assertiveness is one of the key aspects of successful leadership and effective teamwork, but it can often be difficult for people to demonstrate this when the pressures of work have us pulled in all directions. Helping individuals to build the confidence to say ‘no’ and to understand why it is sometimes important to do […]

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Book review: “The Coaching Habit: say less, ask more & change the way you lead for ever” – Michael Bungay Stanier; Box of Crayons Press, 2016

The first thing that strikes the reader about this book is the impressive array of reviewers providing laudatory comments – from Dan Pink, to Brene Brown and Dave Ulrich – which left me wondering: who is this guy?! Well, the author is an Australian living in Toronto who studied in Oxford, England. His writing betrays […]

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Knowing Me, Knowing You…

Whether you think Abba, or Alan Partridge (for those in the UK) when you read the title of this article, it doesn’t matter, just as long as it means something to you.  It’s about giving time to knowing ‘you’ – what makes you tick, what irritates you, what are your strengths, how your body feels […]

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Elevating purpose to a global level

This short article is for all organisations, large or small in any sector, even down to the growing number of self-employed people representing an increasing proportion of the modern work force. Two vital considerations about the nature of purpose In “Designing the Purposeful Organization – how to inspire business performance beyond boundaries“, I stress (at […]

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Postcard from Singapore – Russell Evans

You can read or listen. Singapore is one of the most beautiful and culturally diverse countries on the planet, with its people demonstrating a strong work ethic that makes this one of the best places on Earth to do business. During the last two decades, Singapore has witnessed a population explosion, with more than 5.4 […]

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Managing millennials and why it pays to be open-minded

More and more, the millennial generation is coming to the fore in the world of business, with this group making up the vast majority of new starters in recent years. It’s perhaps troubling for some leaders, then, that this is one group who are deemed harder to engage with and understand.

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Apprenticeship Levy: Everything UK businesses need to know

Businesses across the UK are gearing up for the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy, but what exactly is it? And why should your business take heed? These are just some of the questions we hope to answer in the following paragraphs

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