Why creating a coaching culture starts at the top

Wouldn’t it be great if coaching was available to everybody in an organisation, not just the privileged few at the top?
The benefits of coaching are many. Research has shown that coaching leads to “improvements in communication and interpersonal skills, leadership and management, conflict resolution, personal confidence, attitudes and motivation, management … Read more

Is coaching elitist?

Whilst at an event last week I got chatting to a fellow attendee about what we each did for a living. “Hmmm…executive coaching,” he said “what exactly is that?” I’ve had plenty of time and opportunity to reflect on how I describe what I do and so was able to … Read more

Not making learning stick – a typical HR story

Meet Matthew, he’s been working in HR and L&D for the last fifteen as a specialist in creating lasting behavioural change in organisations. He worked his way up through the ranks and … Read more

No time to learn? Perhaps you’re doing it wrong

The biggest challenge that we often come across for HR and L&D professionals is the lack of time that their people have – especially the senior people. But those people who argue that … Read more

How behaviour is a choice – and why it’s important to your business

aggressives Drohen frontalHow many times have you heard someone say that they just couldn’t help themselves, they were so annoyed they had to shout at someone, or they were too nervous to say anything … Read more

What do you do when your leaders already know it all? Six tips.

adobestock_78293141-smallYou’ll most likely recognise the challenge – your senior people have got to where they are through hard work, great expertise and gaining the respect of those around them. However, you know that this … Read more

Still learning in the classroom? Surely there’s a better way…

Pedro3I recently read an interesting article that showed the increasing trend for high flyers wanting more from their holidays. They are no longer content to get away for a fortnight and do nothing. People … Read more

A photographer hides behind his lens

A guest blog by Nick Sladek, MD of EssentiaMail

Professional photographer taking picture in city
OK, I’ll lay my cards on the table right at the start. I was not invited to come along on Farscape’s expedition to Morocco for my credentials as either … Read more

How a Moroccan leadership experience changed my perspective

A guest blog by Nicola Dunne, Ex-Assistant CEO & Chief Procurement Officer at UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS)

Day4_breakfastAs I watched Bear Grylls’ reflections on the recently completed experience of two groups of adults surviving on a desert island, I drew one parallel with the Farscape Morocco trek that I … Read more

Marrakesh Express…

Marrakesh ExpressIn May 1969 Crosby, Stills and Nash released the song ‘Marrakesh Express’ and it went on to be one of their most listened to tracks. Graham Nash who wrote the lyrics … Read more

Why training is still not delivering results – are you conducting the right kind of TNA?

Why is training still not delivering resultsThis month we have been talking about Training Needs Analysis – why it’s important, how to do it well and what works and what doesn’t.
I saw … Read more

The death of one-size-fits-all

In my many discussions with various learning and development departments in large organisations, the approach each takes to meet their training needs is naturally very different according to their objectives.
Similarities are, however, emerging – Training Needs Analyses (TNAs) are becoming an increasingly important cog in the learning and development wheel. … Read more

A lesson on investing in developing Millennials

What can one of the biggest global law Millenials working in cafefirms tell us about developing Millennials?
It seems quite a lot. I was at a talk this week given by the Managing … Read more

Talking ’bout my generation

Talking bout my generation Our recent factsheet on Millennials got me reflecting on the role that generations play in setting the culture of an organisation. As a fully paid up, forty-something member … Read more

A Millennial’s view on Millennials

millennials-grew-up-onlineAll this month I have been researching and talking about Millennials – why are they different, what makes them tick, how can we get the most out of them?
As I was objectively … Read more

What the Super Bowl DIDN’T tell us about Leadership Development…

NFL-2015-Super-Bowl-BackgroundThe band wagon mentality on social media can work on occasions. The ability to draw upon a recent event and take stock of what it can teach us in terms of leadership … Read more

Have you ever been stabbed in the back?

Stabbed in the backThere has been a lot of talk about ‘bad’ leaders in the press lately. Take for example Phil Mickelson criticising new captain Tom Watson after the US team’s Ryder … Read more

How a motivational speaker can be a game changer

Team talkThere will always be important messages that your company will need to deliver to its employees. From telling the sales team that they need to increase their sales performance, to the … Read more

Contracting is the foundation of coaching, and can be the foundation of good business

ContractingWithin the vision of the International Coaching Federation is a dream for everyone in the world to live the competencies of coaching. Imagine a world where everyone honoured the adult in themselves … Read more

NLP – Manipulation, or could it just be the best self-awareness tool EVER?

Inlp have to admit, I was cautious. Cautious and mindful of the stories I had heard about NLP and its ‘manipulation’ and ‘hypnotherapy’ type techniques to ‘seduce’ people into an alternative way … Read more

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