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CIPD 2016: My Four Takeaways

by on November 11, 2016

Over the last two days I have spent my time walking around listening and chatting to a number of likeminded people at the annual CIPD conference. As usual I wasn’t disappointed by the overall atmosphere of the conference and the array of stands and guest speakers, giving us, the HR and L&D world snippets of […]

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How to keep HiPos engaged

by on November 8, 2016

Over the last few weeks I have been developing my knowledge further around high potential employees, aka ‘HiPos’, which is apparently the acronym for them – personally to me that means something from a 90’s rave scene. In my last blog I spoke about organisations having a clear and defined process for identifying high potential […]

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Leadership: Letting go of the Tiller

by on November 8, 2016

Any truly authentic leader will have a heightened awareness of his or her inherent development needs, be them exercising greater levels of self-control or the vulnerability of letting go of the tiller and allowing others to assume a leadership role. No one leader has all the traits required to successfully steer their organisations through the […]

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‘Potentials’ – do you have them in your organisation?

by on November 8, 2016

Think about two questions for a moment: What is meant by ‘potential’? How is your organisation utilising ‘potential’ within the workplace? If you define ‘potential’ you get something along the lines of “showing the capacity to develop into something in the future”. We often get excited by ‘potential’ in business today. Whether that’s identifying potential […]

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Your first managerial role, it’s simple, right?

by on October 6, 2016

Being a first line manager, first time manager or possibly even brand new into the role, is a huge personal transition. It requires a huge shift in mind-set and at times an incredibly thick skin. Making the transition from following direction to giving direction can be a difficult one as you are now in the […]

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The Lonely Existence of Leaders

by on October 6, 2016

Leaders and the role of leadership has for hundreds of years been the subject of great intrigue. As people, we try to find the essence of what makes a great leader or what is the missing ingredient in our leadership team. One thing that most people agree on when considering leadership positions is that they […]

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The Future of Leadership: Usain Bolt or Mo Farah

by on August 10, 2016

I have always held a keen interest in how leaders from different walks of life can deploy lessons from the world of elite sport, and as I hit the red button to try and keep up with GB’s medal hopefuls in the Rio Olympics I posed myself a question: How will Team GB perform after […]

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Understanding the Changing Face of your Career

by on July 14, 2016

Looking in more detail at the career profiles of leaders in organisations they all broadly follow a similar route, although very rarely in this linear fashion: The Early career stage sees you as a functional contributor to the organisations’ purpose and goals. At this stage, you are learning the ‘tools of the trade’ and mastering […]

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The New Landscape of L&D: Virtual Reality

by on July 6, 2016

Last month on a Business Trip to Amsterdam, I passed the world’s first Virtual Reality Cinema. Cool right? I must have passed this cinema, three or four times when at the end of the meeting my curiosity overcame me and I just had to try it out. Sitting on a swivel chair with a futuristic […]

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The Future of Leadership

by on June 24, 2016

Leading is far from simple, it takes a lot of mental and physical energy. You cannot learn leadership from reading a book, although the good ones have some great tips in them. There is a plethora of leadership literature and advice hitting us from every direction on a daily basis, so what do we sit […]

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