Overcoming negative thinking

The way we perceive an event or situation will dictate how we feel about it, and how we respond to it.  Negative thinking can cause stress, anxiety, and depression – none of which helps.

The way we perceive an event or situation will dictate how we feel about it, and how we respond to it.  Negative thinking can cause stress, anxiety, and depression – none of which helps.

Are you a puppeteer or a conductor?

With leadership – be it ruling a country or leading a small internal team – there are extremes. To see how this translates to the workplace, we can use the analogy of puppeteers vs conductors.

With leadership – be it ruling a country or leading a small internal team – there are extremes. To see how this translates to the workplace, we can use the analogy of puppeteers vs conductors.

Is your office a safe place?

Health and safety is an issue that all workplaces take seriously – and there are all manner of forms, checks and safety equipment designed to keep us physically safe in the workplace. But being safe is much more than having the right equipment; it’s just as important that we feel safe  when we work – … Continue reading “Is your office a safe place?”

Character eats personality for brunch!

The development industry has forever been obsessed by its nomothetic approach to personality development – that is, trying to produce general laws which apply to all people. This ‘scientific’ approach has enabled the growth in popularity of reductive tools, designed to help us understand and ‘get’ other people. At the other side of the scale … Continue reading “Character eats personality for brunch!”

Imposter Syndrome in the workplace

Is ‘Imposter Syndrome’ an issue that business leaders and L&D practitioners need to factor into their developmental plans, the future of their workers and of their brand – or is it just another millennial buzzword that excuses a lack of drive in an entitled generation? Firstly, we need to explain what we mean by ‘imposter … Continue reading “Imposter Syndrome in the workplace”

Are you getting in your own way?

Unconscious bias can mean we made decisions that get in our way – and taking the time to understand why we make those choices, and where those assumptions come from, can lead to us reconsidering and embracing a wider range of influences – which can take us much further on the road to success. In … Continue reading “Are you getting in your own way?”

Building honest leaders

Leadership matters; how can you be sure that you’re giving your team what they need, and getting the best from them in return? Truly great leadership is innate – it’s something you either have or you don’t. Clearly, we aren’t all going to have those natural leadership skills – but that doesn’t mean that we … Continue reading “Building honest leaders”

Are you conscious of your unconscious bias?

However much we tell ourselves that we are unbiased and progressive, we all have unconscious bias – and it’s up to us how much we let that influence our leadership. The very definition of unconscious bias is that it’s a bias we aren’t even aware we have. Our upbringing, background, cultural environment, the social circles … Continue reading “Are you conscious of your unconscious bias?”

Hidden costs of the people dimension in M&A

[fusion_text] [An edited version of this article appeared in the June 2016 edition of Training Journal] It’s boom time again for Mergers and Acquisitions. 2015 set a new record for global M&A activity, according to MergerMarket’s Global and Regional M&A: 2015 report, with a total value of $4.3 trillion, a 30% increase over 2014. Activity … Continue reading “Hidden costs of the people dimension in M&A”