David Evans, Head of Consulting at Primeast asks ‘What more can we do as leaders?’

A brief appraisal of the economic environment of the last 15 years demonstrates the impact of corrosive leadership. Superbly summarised at the beginning of their 2012 book “The Fulfilling Workplace”, Ronald J Burke and Cary L Cooper observed that the leadership of banks and certain corporations (Enron, for example) through the 2000’s serves to show […]

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2 + 2 equals what exactly for M&As?

I recently read an article posted by McKinsey about the impact of corporate culture on mergers (McKinsey: Organizational culture in mergers, addressing the unseen forces.).   I was drawn to it because I’ve been involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and have always been amazed that so little cultural due diligence is conducted, given the high […]

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Boosting collective executive leadership effectiveness can transform organisational performance

In most organisations, the ‘C Suite’ or executive team makes 2 major contributions. Firstly, they provide high-level leadership, define strategy, develop operating plans and manage strategic execution. Secondly and as importantly,

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About 75% of England’s Apprenticeship Levy fund is not spent – use yours for a Leadership MBA

In 2018 Primeast partnered with York St John University to deliver The Level 7 Senior Leader York Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree apprenticeship in London and York. Who is the York MBA Degree for? With limited places available, the MBA is recommended for those working at a level where they can influence strategy or […]

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Line Managers as Champions of Learning – Russell Evans

In the current unpredictable and disrupted business climate, line managers play a critical role in developing their team members to be able to deal successfully with their challenges. Line managers are the frontline connection between business strategy and operational execution and having well developed people is critical to effective implementation. Sadly, in our experience, for […]

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It’s a Wonderful (workplace) Life?

I was heartened to read that Virgin Trains and the Rethink Mental Illness charity in the UK have recreated the script of “A Wonderful Life” at 14 British railway stations (painted on the platforms) as a way to highlight the film’s essential theme of life’s struggle. The 70-year old film is often picked out as […]

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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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Video interview: Clive Wilson & Jennifer Holloway discuss authenticity and the tension between personal and corporate values

I was delighted recently to share a conference platform with Jennifer Holloway, author of “Personal Branding for Brits”.  I was speaking on the future of leadership development and in our respective keynotes, we both touched on the immense role of values and behaviours in brand and corporate culture.  I really enjoyed listening to Jennifer at […]

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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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Leadership – How to engage all stakeholders and stay relevant in a changing world

LEADERSHIP: How to engage all stakeholders and stay relevant in a changing world The words chaos, confusion and uncertainty have been bandied around considerably recently, mostly associated with the shifting political landscape.  And in the world of work, the term “VUCA” seems to have been added to our lexicon, denoting the “volatile, uncertain, complex and […]

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It’s about time to take in some culture

If you consider what is likely to be going on in your organisation over the next two to three years, you will almost certainly conclude that one or more of the following interlinked challenges apply in some measure; and which, left unchecked, will create potentially fundamental fissures in the foundations of your business. The shift […]

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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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