Are you fit to lead?

A more complex world is demanding greater resilience from leaders The landscape of the typical organisation has changed dramatically in the last 10 years.  All the demands for better management and leadership remain but now in a very different environment. Managers are now expected to do more with less, do it more efficiently, be able […]

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We welcome Claire Holmes as Senior Client Manager to Primeast UK

Claire Holmes joined the Primeast UK team as Senior Client Manager towards the end of 2019.  She has 18 years experience in European Life Sciences, having held senior roles at the European Medicines Agency and within Accenture Accelerated Life Sciences Services. Her experience in managing business change programmes within the third sector and Pharma, Bio […]

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The Leadership Ecosystem

It was September 2019 and we were a small group of ‘people professionals’ doing what we have been doing for about ten years at Primeast’s Talent Forum – discussing one of the most significant challenges to raising performance in our organisations. Every time we meet, one person brings their challenge to the “hot seat” and […]

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Leading with authenticity and integrity

Football fan or not, last night’s Euro 2020 qualifier England match against Bulgaria in Sofia was certainly uncomfortable viewing, and not for the reason England supporters might expect. The England team were subjected to racist abuse during the match. While the question on many people’s lips might be, why has it taken so long for […]

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Are you a snowplough employer?

Many of us will have heard of the millennial generation referred to as “Snowflakes” and the “Snowflake Generation”. In this context the suggestion is that they are in some ways less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations. The other, more relevant suggestion is that they swan around under the naïve impression […]

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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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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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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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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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