Category Archives: Engagement

Trust – the key ingredient for employee engagement.

Leaders know that high levels of trust are required to get the best from their organisation, yet creating a culture of trust can be a challenge for many organisations who are beset with well embedded working practises and bureaucratic processes that do little to help. Leaders understand the stakes, at least in principle. In its 2016 global CEO survey PWC reported that…

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New Year, New Energy, New Projects….

The new year is traditionally a time to start new projects. There is often a collective sense of anticipation that lasts a while and can be used to fuel new initiatives and new projects, an energy that should not be wasted. I find the metaphor of a coach journey works well to explain how to get new projects to succeed. The first decision is to…

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Where has all the bad news gone….? The Power of Positive Focus

Several weeks of saturation Olympic and Paralympic coverage by the BBC and Channel 4 here in the UK has left most of us feeling very proud, sated with sport and, dare I say, happy! The successes just kept on coming as the GB team surpassed all expectations and reached a record medal haul for an overseas games. The UK news seemed to reveal new…

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When the going gets tough, the tough………. appear to resign!

What is happening to our leaders in the UK? If the current rate of resignations in politics, football and prime time car shows continues then there will be few left to lead anything in a few weeks’ time! I believe we have to accept that we cannot ask a leader to lead if the direction required goes against their long…

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Superman, Luther or You? Some thoughts on being the leader you need to be….

In 2013, Ashridge gathered the views of over 200 managers about the changing nature of leadership¹. The overriding sentiment was around a paradoxical need for, and rejection of, heroic leaders. They concluded that heroism is still important but the nature of heroism has changed. Today’s heroes cannot be the slightly detached ‘ruling class’ as expectations of ‘followers’ have changed, they…

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Bringing Vision and Strategy to Life

Far too many vision statements and accompanying strategy presentations put people to sleep. Leaders find them difficult to present and participants find them even more difficult to listen to. They are full of corporate and management speak that fails to engage the heart as well as the head of the people they are developed by and for. Enough of this nonsense. This annual ritual…

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The Journey from ‘I Can’t’ to ‘I Can’ and ‘I Won’t’ to ‘I Will’ – the creation of Change Makers

“You either think you can or you think you can’t – either way you will be right” Henry Ford is credited with this insightful observation of people’s response to the challenge of change. It shines a light on the power of mind-set  and attitude when confronting change and gives us all a clue on how to take people on a journey from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I…

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Leaders need habits not resolutions – here are 5 simple habits to cultivate that will build leadership credibility

What you do is far more important than what you say. If you are a leader then you are being watched and how you behave shapes not only how people respond to you, but also influences the way things are done in your area. If you want change to occur in your organisation, function or department, then I suggest you start the process by looking in the…

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Project Risks – the role of the expert, the naïve challenger and Bernoulli a Dutch mathematician.

A risk can be defined as an event that could happen that will prevent your project delivering all intended benefits on time in full. An issue is very different, it is something that has happened that threatens your project delivering all intended benefits on time in full. Swimming in shark infested waters is risky, removing a plane from a tow truck is…

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