Counsel Magazine – What the Bar can learn from Personality Profiling

Counsel Magazine – What the Bar can learn from Personality Profiling

  Meet yourself... in colour. Discovering your own unique blend of energies – and that of others – could help transform strained relationships into productive ones Are you ever bemused when two individuals ferociously debate a point in a meeting, only to walk out the best of friends? Have you been in a chambers meeting where colleagues excitedly share endless, extravagant ideas for a project – leaving some members energised but others confused as to exactly what has been agreed? Do you tune out when someone goes into infinite detail, only to realise that they’ve actually been sharing something really valuable – and you’ve missed out by zoning out. (more…)...
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How Leadership Teams can Obstruct Business Transformation

How Leadership Teams can Obstruct Business Transformation

I often work with leadership teams helping them with their business transformation. When I do, I am reminded of the Govindarajan and Trimble ‘Three Box Solution’ which is still a very relevant tool kit for an age old problem. Innovation guru Vijay Govindarajan explains the problem in his 2016 book - How do you meet the performance requirements of the existing business—one that is still thriving—while dramatically reinventing it? Key Leadership Tasks for Business Transformation He suggests three things that a forward thinking CEO or key leadership team must do: (more…)...
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Lessons from Choosing a Superpower

Lessons from Choosing a Superpower

“Mum, which superhero would you like to be?” was a question my son regularly asked me during the holidays when he was younger.    Playing along, I stepped into his superhero world and we debated for a while which superhero characters were better and why. Superwoman, or Wonderwoman were immediate favourites of mine, whereas my son often went to great lengths to tell me why he had chosen characters like Superman or Spiderman. But what does this Superhero debate have to do with leadership and Executive Development I might hear you ask…? (more…)...
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Commerciality is the Key to Greater Performance

Commerciality is the Key to Greater Performance

It’s been a dismal first half of the year for town and city centres. We have seen the spectacular collapse of Maplin, Toys R Us, Poundland and Chimichanga and retailers like House of Fraser, Mothercare and New Look have axed branches in a desperate attempt to stay afloat. In fact, one headline called it ‘Hell on the high street’ and with sales also in decline we should be braced for more shop and restaurant closures. (more…)...
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Stemming the Loss of Talent through Exit Interviews

Stemming the Loss of Talent through Exit Interviews

Do you really know the reason why people leave your organisation?   Understanding the choices that people make, the opportunities they seek and the reasons why they no longer want to work for you are invaluable in reducing turnover. Some organisations however shy away from this golden opportunity to seek feedback.   Exit interviews are often tick box exercises, conducted by individuals who fail to recognise the important of drilling down and establishing the real reason why people leave. (more…)...
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Who is Responsible for Diversity at Work?

Who is Responsible for Diversity at Work?

Well the short answer is everyone! But particularly C-Suite executives, the Chief Officers, the CEO and all the other board members because it is important that they advocate and implement the strategy and act as positive role models. Yesterday (20th June) a new report ‘Breaking the Deadlock’, by the influential group The 5% Club, made a number of recommendations to improve the diversity of the workforce. It was interesting that People Management, the leading journal for the HR Profession picked up and reported on one of key recommendations that I completely agree with. (more…)...
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