Leading innovation and complex decision-making

Innovative decision-making is different than that associated with business-as-usual. Innovating is hard work, mentally challenging and emotionally and intellectually wearing. Innovation usually involves the collaboration of diverse people, the friction of clashing ideas and tension of competing egos. It also requires trial and error, which means that action often overrides planning and structure. The normal […]

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DISRUPTION? The power of scenario planning in the intelligent management of change

Exciting times We live in the most exciting times humanity has perhaps known. Technology has the potential to enhance the lives of everyone on the planet and mitigate many of the significant challenges we face, such as peak population and climate change.

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LEADER BEHAVIOUR: Top tips for making behavioural development conscious

A significant proportion of our work at Primeast is helping organisations to really understand their corporate culture and manage it in the best interests of the work they do and the people they serve. Values can be identified and measured We repeatedly support this process by measuring the values brought to the organisation by the people who […]

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THE LEADER’S MINDSET: Top tips for evolving leadership maturity

I recently co-authored the article “The Future of Leadership Development” with Sarah Cave, Primeast’s head of leadership development. Since then I have been asked many times to offer my own top tips for evolving leadership maturity. This is a timely article as “mindset” is something that many commentators, including notably Otto Scharmer and Frederic Laloux, see as vital to effective […]

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York Executive MBA launched by Primeast & York St John University

Global business and university academics have joined forces to offer a career-enhancing opportunity for the region’s leaders. A partnership between York St John University and international business consultancy Primeast has launched a degree apprenticeship to train principled, innovative leaders to lead the performance, long-term vision and growth of their organisations. The York Executive Master of […]

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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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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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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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Leadership – Circles within Circles, or a Voyage of Discovery?

As a leadership development professional and self-confessed leadership geek, I am always on the lookout for new tools, techniques, books, ideas and perspectives.  So you can imagine my excitement when a colleague told me in December 2015 that he had come across a leadership effectiveness diagnostic we hadn’t seen before.  As a leadership team at Primeast, […]

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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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