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5 Critical Leadership Conversations

There is a critical but largely ignored aspect of leadership success, the conversations that leaders have that are designed to engage, enthuse, direct and motivate their work colleagues to deliver sustainable improved results. The quality of conversation in an organisation is an accurate barometer to the quality of the thinking taking place and therefore largely determines the quality of the work that…

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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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The Future is Uncertain……so what’s new?

Forecasting is a risky business and forecasting the future is particularly challenging, but as leaders we have no choice. As we look out to the future the start of 2017 heralds the most uncertain business strategic landscape for many a year. A quick review of the predications made at this time last year will confirm that listening to ‘experts’, in whatever field, provides…

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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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The 3 Key Ingredients You Need for New Thinking to Occur

There is plenty of evidence around us that demonstrates us we are living though some unprecedented challenges to our conventional way of thinking. Just about the only thing we can say for certain about the future is that what will happen is uncertain. So, now more than ever, we need to stop and think about the way we think about…

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What’s the Value of Value? Are we trapping leaders in a meaningless measurement mind-set?

Leaders have always been required to deliver increased value from the assets they have under their stewardship. In some organisations this is the very essence and definition of effective leadership and they reward their leaders accordingly. Clearly hitting performance targets is a key aspect of any leaders role but a balance needs to be found between how this is achieved and…

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Need to build Personal Resilience? Got a pile of manure? Then look for the donkey!

I very frequently apply the insight from my donkey story to whatever life experiences I am currently facing. This is a story about research conducted with two boys. One was placed in a room full of toys and the other was placed in a room full of manure and they were left alone for the day. When the researchers returned,…

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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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