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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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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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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Book Review: “Will it make the boat go faster?” Hunt-Davis & Beveridge (Troubadour 2011)

Uh-oh: another book written by a sportsperson  about defeating the odds after a career of almost winning.  In this case, Ben Hunt-Davis, a British Olympic champion in rowing’s coxed 8’s in the Sydney Olympics of 2000.  Surely this can add nothing to the saturated world of the published ‘bon-mots’ and tired homilies that follow major […]

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What if everyone was a leader? Part 4: Empowering change in company culture

The distributed leadership model of corporate culture continues to attract a growing following among businesses actively working to support a wider uptake of individual responsibility and enhanced performance in their teams. We’ve seen in recent articles how this is now the case; but here, in this final instalment in our four-part series on the subject, […]

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What if everyone was a leader? Part 3: Supporting individual performance

Our series exploring the changing landscape of business leadership, and the emergence of distributed leadership as an effective model to enhance performance, continues in this latest instalment.

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The impact of unconscious bias

Whilst we would like to think we are fair, broad-minded and unbiased, everyone is influenced by thoughts and feelings that reside in our unconscious and which impact on our everyday thinking and behaviour – and at work, on our performance and decision making.  Generally, biases are helpful and adaptive because they enable us to make […]

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The Future of Talent Management

The team at Primeast has had a long association with the world of Talent Management and has taken some quite controversial stances over the years.  This has tended to put us into a privileged position where we have a good sense of what the trends are and where the discipline is heading.  We thought it […]

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Why being assertive can benefit your business

Developing assertiveness is one of the key aspects of successful leadership and effective teamwork, but it can often be difficult for people to demonstrate this when the pressures of work have us pulled in all directions. Helping individuals to build the confidence to say ‘no’ and to understand why it is sometimes important to do […]

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