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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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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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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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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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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Homelessness, Addiction, Management and Leadership Development

At Primeast we are very happy to be able to share our knowledge and experience with community and third sector projects which allow us to give a bit back to the world.  Our Blue Water Primeast colleague Gordon Roscoe has been working with an amazing UK charity for the last few months.  As well as […]

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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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Book review: “What is global leadership?” – Gundling, Hogan & Cvitkovich (NB Publishing, 2011)

Subtitled “10 behaviors that define great global leaders”, this book takes the reader on an expansive journey into organisational insights, personal experiences and anecdotes. Based on a number of indepth interviews with mid-to-senior managers with experience of roles in foreign subsidiaries, it is a book of two halves: the first looks at the competencies and […]

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