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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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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Action on Apprenticeships – creativity, perseverance, collaboration and branding really matter

We were delighted to be asked by CIPD (North East) to facilitate an “action oriented” workshop in Newcastle recently which was attended by over 30 enthusiastic people-professionals keen to make the most of apprenticeships and the opportunities for investing in “on and off job” learning supported by the apprenticeship levy. The levy, introduced by 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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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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Primeast boost automotive sector expertise with the acquisition of The Blue Water Partnership

We are delighted to announce that leadership and management development specialist The Blue Water Partnership has become the automotive division of Primeast. In the 17 years since their founding Blue Water (their new shortened title) has gained a strong reputation for success in the automotive industry.

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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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The Power of My Why: Women in Nuclear UK 2018 Conference

Taking place at the end of January, it gives me great pleasure to be attending the upcoming Women in Nuclear UK 2018 Conference, which offers the chance to bring together more than 200 attendees to discuss some of the most pressing issues in corporate leadership. Building on the success of previous years, the conference theme […]

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Top tips for the coachee: How to get the most out of coaching

Coaching can be one of the most powerful tools for helping individuals to unlock their latent potential, and to deliver change within their own behaviour and across their business. It helps give clarity on what drives us to make decisions, and can unlock new insights that can make us more effective leaders. So, what should […]

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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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