Leadership and the emerging future: Interview with Good Energy CEO, Juliet Davenport

Clive Wilson interviews Juliet Davenport of Good Energy at the company’s Chippenham headquarters, asking her about what inspires her in the work she does.

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What if everyone was a leader? Part 2: Understanding distributed leadership

We recently posed the question to our readers of what might happen if businesses supported a wider uptake of leadership responsibilities at every level of their organisation in our previous article ‘what if everyone was a leader?’ Now, in this – the second instalment in our series devoted to explaining and demystifying the uptake of distributed […]

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Book Review: “Pivoting – a coach’s guide to igniting substantial change” – Ann L. Clancy & Jacqueline Binkert (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017)

As I worked my way through this book, I felt a growing sense of having embarked on a rich journey of discovery. It did not meet with my presupposition that it was going to be a ‘how to’ manual on artful coaching. Yes, it plays the role of a powerful and practical guide on improving […]

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What if everyone was a leader? Part 1

Leadership is a hot topic for many businesses, but what are the implications of placing the responsibility of leadership on just a few individuals? For years the idea of developing a workforce has centred on teaching formal leaders to lead and then providing other employees with functional skills to do their job better and more […]

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Achieving successful culture change and improved performance – our top seven tips

There have been several studies on the link between culture and performance.  Most cited is probably the one documented in a twelve-year US study by Kotter and Heskett and published in “Corporate Culture and Performance” (Free Press; Reprint edition: 1 May 2011).  Primeast also publishes several case studies online, such as this one in the […]

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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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Book Review: “Employee Engagement – a Little Book of Big Ideas (2nd edition)” – Jasmine Gartner; Tinybig Books, 2017

In the foreword, Jamie Lawrence suggests that Gartner has written a book about the “wrongness of work”, a phrase that encapsulates the prevailing view that a majority of people in work are not engaged, or even disengaged with what they do. Indeed, the author sets out to identify the reasons behind the low levels of […]

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Primeast’s Top 10 Tips for Getting Organised

If you want to get things done, you need to be organised. We’ve all been there, with deadlines looming and just too much to do. So, to keep on top of our priorities and to be productive, organisation is key. Here we offer our top tips on how to manage your time more effectively and […]

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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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Book review: “The Coaching Habit: say less, ask more & change the way you lead for ever” – Michael Bungay Stanier; Box of Crayons Press, 2016

The first thing that strikes the reader about this book is the impressive array of reviewers providing laudatory comments – from Dan Pink, to Brene Brown and Dave Ulrich – which left me wondering: who is this guy?! Well, the author is an Australian living in Toronto who studied in Oxford, England. His writing betrays […]

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Purposeful Talent Management

The whole of chapter eight in “Designing the Purposeful Organization, how to inspire business performance beyond boundaries” is devoted to Talent Management.  Amongst other things, when it comes to developing a Purposeful Talent Management Strategy, we advocate an eight-step approach which is summarised below: Eight summary steps to purposeful talent management: Direction – consider the direction […]

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