Book Review: “My 10 Strategies for Integrative Coaching” by Vincent Lenhardt (Palgrave Macmillan; 2017)

Vincent Lenhardt’s book, translated from his native French by Guy Bullen, is an intense and involving read which requires time and commitment from the reader.  I suggest that, although the author recommends his work both to “seasoned coaches and those starting on the coaching journey”, this is not for those without a strong desire to delve deeply […]

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EMERGENCE – seeing the opportunities of a VUCA world and tuning them to a compelling future

Turbulence and relevance Two key challenges that face organisations in all sectors these days are; dealing with turbulence and staying relevant in a rapidly changing world.  Several recent conversations with clients have led to my growing awareness of the topic of Emergence and that it should become a focus for all senior leaders. After all, […]

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Book Review: “Good People” by Anthony Tjan (Penguin Random House, 2017)

I’ve just finished reading Anthony Tjan’s latest book, ‘Good People’, on the cover of which the author asserts that the only leadership decision that really matters is good people: something which is hard to disagree with. It charts the lessons learned by Tjan during his 22 or so years in business, with almost 100 interviews conducted to dig deeper […]

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Book Review: “Brain-savvy Woman: A two-in-one guide to the neuroscience that can help your career” Jan Hills and Francesca Hills (Head, Heart + Brain; 2017)

The first thing immediately apparent about this book is that it is in fact two books; confusing, huh? The mother-daughter authoring duo has given us a 700 page bonanza packed full of insight, information and intention. Essentially, both books are about the neuroscience and nature of gender bias in business – one focuses single mindedly […]

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Book review: “What is global leadership?” – Gundling, Hogan & Cvitkovich (NB Publishing, 2011)

Subtitled “10 behaviors that define great global leaders”, this book takes the reader on an expansive journey into organisational insights, personal experiences and anecdotes. Based on a number of indepth interviews with mid-to-senior managers with experience of roles in foreign subsidiaries, it is a book of two halves: the first looks at the competencies and […]

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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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Inclusive Leadership: Why strategic direction and what we believe about diversity matter in a global marketplace

Following many years of engaging with HR leaders on progressive approaches to talent management, a simple but robust approach to keeping talent management strategy, focused, current and effective has evolved. It is defined in eight simple steps which are listed below and will then be discussed briefly with a focus on one particular strategic initiative of diversity […]

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Book Review: “Presence – Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges” – Amy Cuddy (Orion Publishing 2016)

AA Milne once wrote that “you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”. This applies brilliantly to Cuddy’s fascinating, engaging and enlightening book. You may have already heard of the author,

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Book Review: “Pivoting – a coach’s guide to igniting substantial change” – Ann L. Clancy & Jacqueline Binkert (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017)

As I worked my way through this book, I felt a growing sense of having embarked on a rich journey of discovery. It did not meet with my presupposition that it was going to be a ‘how to’ manual on artful coaching. Yes, it plays the role of a powerful and practical guide on improving […]

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Book Review: “Employee Engagement – a Little Book of Big Ideas (2nd edition)” – Jasmine Gartner; Tinybig Books, 2017

In the foreword, Jamie Lawrence suggests that Gartner has written a book about the “wrongness of work”, a phrase that encapsulates the prevailing view that a majority of people in work are not engaged, or even disengaged with what they do. Indeed, the author sets out to identify the reasons behind the low levels of […]

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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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The power of generative listening in purposeful leadership

You can read or listen to Clive Wilson’s 3 minute audio. Progressive organizations are discovering that their leaders have more impact when they serve their inspiring corporate purpose faithfully and collaboratively, rather than pushing their personal sense of direction. For many leaders, this requires a significant shift in mindset. 

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