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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Purposeful Careers – what gets you out of bed for work every morning?

My first book “Designing the Purposeful Organization”  emphasized the need for alignment and ownership of purpose at every level of an organization.  In summary, there should be line-of-sight between the purpose of any individual employee, to that of their team(s), to their function and to the organization.  Typically, the work to determine and articulate the […]

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Action on Apprenticeships – creativity, perseverance, collaboration and branding really matter

We were delighted to be asked by CIPD (North East) to facilitate an “action oriented” workshop in Newcastle recently which was attended by over 30 enthusiastic people-professionals keen to make the most of apprenticeships and the opportunities for investing in “on and off job” learning supported by the apprenticeship levy. The levy, introduced by the […]

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Top 5 People Challenges of 2018: Positive company culture ‘can boost financial performance’

Kicking off our new series on the biggest challenges for leaders hoping to excel in people management this year, we’re looking at how organisations that develop a can-do, positive culture are set to be the ones to stand out from the crowd and deliver an outstanding financial performance in 2018. Overall, a growing body of […]

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Leadership tips – What is facilitation and how to excel at it

There are many business leaders who may feel they have a good handle on what it means to be a skilled facilitator, having the experience of leading meetings, engaging with staff and generally being key decision-makers that like to get things done. However, when it comes to appreciating the nuanced role of the facilitator, and […]

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Top tips for the coachee: How to get the most out of coaching

Coaching can be one of the most powerful tools for helping individuals to unlock their latent potential, and to deliver change within their own behaviour and across their business. It helps give clarity on what drives us to make decisions, and can unlock new insights that can make us more effective leaders. So, what should […]

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Comfort, Stretch and Don’t Panic!

You and your team can apply Karl Rohnke’s comfort/stretch/panic model to your methods of working to understand what kind of learning, knowledge and value you are receiving from your day-to-day experiences at work and outside of work. It helps you recognize the physiological responses you might experience and what your body is telling you when […]

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