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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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Inspirational Leadership: using PrimeFocus to breathe life into high performance

The word inspiration is derived from the Latin verb inspirare meaning “to breathe into”.  When we inspire others, we literally breathe life into their actions, behaviours and performance. In Designing the Purposeful Organization – how to inspire business performance beyond boundaries, I affirm what we believe at Primeast: “Leaders see a better future and create […]

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Comfort, Stretch and Don’t Panic!

You and your team can apply Karl Rohnke’s comfort/stretch/panic model to your methods of working to understand what kind of learning, knowledge and value you are receiving from your day-to-day experiences at work and outside of work. It helps you recognize the physiological responses you might experience and what your body is telling you when […]

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The Management Apprentice – a UK learning revolution 90% funded by HMRC!

An exciting opportunity for smart employers in the UK to engage in a people development revolution arrived earlier this year in the unlikely form of apprenticeships.  Well unlikely to those of us who regarded apprenticeships as a development route for young people who needed an alternative to academia. Think of the broad concept of an […]

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“How to support talent to develop exceptional industry partnerships through our Industry Collaboration Zone?” Salford University’s Talent Forum challenge

Ranked as one of the world’s most international universities, Salford University hosted the Primeast North West Talent Forum in October.  It was a high energy event with excellent participation from HR and business leaders from organisations in the UK’s NW and Yorkshire regions. Julie Woosey, HR Business Partner and Jen Hinsley, ICZ Programme Manager jointly took […]

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Understanding global talent management in a competitive world

Tuning systems and processes to make sure they don’t impede talent-use and establishing a dynamic, supportive and inspiring culture is a key quest of modern leadership. However, managing talent pipelines within the global setting poses additional challenges to businesses operating in our interconnected world today. These organisations need to understand how international talent attraction strategies […]

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Inclusive Leadership: Why strategic direction and what we believe about diversity matter in a global marketplace

Following many years of engaging with HR leaders on progressive approaches to talent management, a simple but robust approach to keeping talent management strategy, focused, current and effective has evolved. It is defined in eight simple steps which are listed below and will then be discussed briefly with a focus on one particular strategic initiative of diversity […]

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Theory U: The application of transformational thinking for effective change

Business leaders today are faced with meeting the challenges of a VUCA – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous – world. As a result, new modes of thought are needed to help individuals and organisations move beyond the old models of thinking, acting and working, and to come up with something new, creative, utilising the wider capabilities both internally and externally. […]

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Coaching: Has it come of age?

In its 2016 ‘Global Coaching Study’, the International Coach Federation estimates that there are more than 50,000 external coaches globally, generating a combined income of US$2.4 billion from executive coaching; a not-insubstantial activity. Once the preserve of the senior few, coaching is now firmly embedded in the mainstream of personal learning and development options. So, […]

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The future of leadership development

So much has been said of the complexity of globalisation, its effect on the workplace and especially on the demands put on our leaders.  Most of our readers will be familiar with the term “VUCA” (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) describing our modern world and many are grappling with what that means in the context […]

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Developing Your Personal Flag: Self-discovery for the authentic leader

We all have a purpose in life; of that, I’m sure. However, realizing what that purpose is and understanding how it can be a driving force to fulfill our goals and expand our ways of thinking is something that can be easier said than done. Self-awareness and inner discovery can be the building blocks for […]

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Moving beyond the VUCA challenges: Adopting VUCAR attitudes and behaviours

Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) – these are the watchwords that business leaders have come to see as typifying the state of global commerce in recent years. For many, there has been considerable focus on asking how best we can contend with these factors in effective business planning and execution for the future, all […]

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