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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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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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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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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