Is your Manager Confident or Cowardly?

Is your Manager Confident or Cowardly?

It’s been bandied around professional publications for some time now that many organisations are scrapping the appraisal scheme. Whilst this may be great news for some, it still presents many questions.  What are they going to be replaced with?  How will learning needs be agreed and identified?  If pay is linked with performance, how will this be decided?  But of equal importance, how will people know how their performance is perceived by others? (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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Knowledge …. Pass it on!

Knowledge …. Pass it on!

There tends to be a myth that learning stops when you finish school. It may however continue a little longer if you attend college or University, but think again - learning is around us every day! I am privileged enough to attend many conferences and events, one of the more memorable,(forgive the name dropping!,) was at The House of Lords focussing on Women’s Talent and Effective Leadership. This was followed by a presentation by Joanna Shields, CEO Tech City & UK Digital Ambassador. Both events were truly inspirational ……… so, here’s the four knowledge nuggets I took away from these events: (more…)...
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Brand You!

Brand You!

Do you ever stop and take a moment and consider … the coffee travel mug you’re carrying… ah, you’re a Starbucks drinker, the breakfast cereals you ate this morning, ah you’re a Weetabix fan, the new suit you bought for your important meeting….. Armani? Well, the reality is that we are all well and truly branded! We fall in love with these brands, in some instances we aspire to be like these brands, some of them make us feel safe, special, and important even. But what about you? What about your brand? What does it currently say about you? (more…)...
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The Sunshine Yellow Leader

What's it like to be a Sunshine Yellow Leader? The Sunshine Yellow Leader is will radiate enthusiasm and encourage participation of others.   They enjoy and seek the company of others and are full of ideas and plans for the future and will welcome change. Sunshine Yellow energy is characterised by the following adjectives: Sociable Dynamic Demonstrative Enthusiastic Persuasive Expressive The Sunshine Yellow leader will definitely know where they are going and will be able to paint compelling pictures of new possibilities, through words but equally with coloured pens/paints which they may well stick on the wall for all to see, but may not possibly know how they are going to get there (or may not even be clear about where they are right now!). They establish positive and effective relationships with many and are likely to inject energy and optimism with those they engage with. They are honest (sometime too honest!) and if their words don't tell you what they are thinking often their body language...
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The Earth Green Leader

The strengths and challenges for the Earth Green Manager and Leader Having enjoyed a productive weekend in the garden, I thought it highly appropriate to continue our blog series about personality and how your Insights Discovery Energy preferences impact on your leadership style. What is Earth Green Energy? Earth Green energy is a combination of Introversion and Feeling.  This combination results in an Earth Green Manager or Leader who prefers reflection, harmony and consensus.   With an inward focus, judgements are likely to be value-based and decisions will considered and typically made after long periods of reflection.  They are likely to appear casual and conforming.  Their primary focus is to maintaining harmony and group consensus. Managers and Leaders with an Earth Green energy preference want to achieve goals too and can be very driven (just like the Fiery Red Leader) but if the human cost is too high they will change the goal.       They have a strong desire to be liked and will fear confrontation. Earth Green energy preference can be characterised by the following adjectives: Caring ...
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