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16 04, 2024

You Can’t Change the Past, but You can Feedforward to a Better Future


  In the ever-evolving landscape of leadership and personal development, the concept of feedforward has emerged as a refreshing alternative to traditional feedback. Coined by renowned executive coach Marshall Goldsmith, feedforward focuses on the promise of the future rather than dwelling on past mistakes. Let’s explore this powerful approach and understand how it can transform our interactions and outcomes. Firstly, What’s wrong with Feedback? Feedback, while essential for growth and improvement, can be a tricky beast. Let’s dissect some of its nuances: Fear Factor: When faced with feedback, our primal instincts kick in. We might feel the urge to fight, flee, or freeze. Even [...]

You Can’t Change the Past, but You can Feedforward to a Better Future2024-04-23T12:39:28+01:00
16 04, 2024

Your North Star: Your Antidote to Uncertainty


Let’s dive into a concept that’s vital for any leader: finding and following your personal North Star, serving as a steadfast beacon for you as Polaris did for travellers and explorers throughout history. What is your North Star? Your North Star in leadership represents the embodiment of your core values, mission, and vision. It’s what guides your decisions and keeps you on course towards your goals, much like how sailors use Polaris to navigate the seas.  Your North Star can often be referred to as your Leadership Intention or your Leadership Purpose. Identifying your North Star involves deep introspection. It’s about [...]

Your North Star: Your Antidote to Uncertainty2024-04-16T12:42:06+01:00
15 04, 2024

Live Your Values – Excel as Leader!


In the dynamic landscape of leadership, the connection with personal values stands as a compass, guiding us, as leaders, through the complexities of decision-making and management. This intrinsic compass is not just a moral framework; it’s the essence of authentic leadership that resonates with our teams and stakeholders alike. And it’s not just that – In the research for their book ‘The Leadership Challenge’ Kouzes & Posner, highly respected leadership researchers, found that leaders who are clear on their own values delivered as much as five times greater returns for their organisations than those who are unclear on their values or [...]

Live Your Values – Excel as Leader!2024-04-18T16:39:53+01:00
10 04, 2024

Leaders! Get on the Balcony to see the Big Picture


Leaders! Get on The Balcony to see the Big Picture As leaders, we often find ourselves immersed in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of our teams and organisations. We’re on the dance floor, moving to the rhythm of deadlines, meetings, and urgent tasks. But there’s a crucial skill that distinguishes exceptional leaders: the ability to step back, gain perspective, and observe the bigger picture. This skill is beautifully captured by the metaphor of “getting on the balcony.”   The Balcony and the Dance The concept of “the balcony and the dance” was introduced by Ronald Heifets, Marty Linsky, and Alexander Grashow [...]

Leaders! Get on the Balcony to see the Big Picture2024-04-18T16:38:00+01:00
2 03, 2021

Collaborative Overload?


According to Harvard Business Review, managers and employees are spending 50% more time in collaborative activities (virtual and face to face meetings, phone calls, e-mail) compared with 20 years ago. While collaboration and information sharing are vital in today’s interconnected world, it is important to ask if all of this collaboration is adding value. Collaborative activities account for up to 80% of some employees’ time – is the remaining 20% sufficient time to allocate to critical work they are personally responsible for delivering? When there is over-reliance on collaboration, the ‘best’ collaborators may get sucked into an energy sapping vortex of [...]

Collaborative Overload?2021-03-02T13:08:26+00:00
25 01, 2021

First, Make Sure You’re a Team, Then Set Yourselves Up for Success


‘We’re all in this together’ is a common slogan around Covid19 and I’ve seen it previously used referring to the economy, the environment, climate change and so on.  It’s put me thinking about the workplace and what ‘we’re all in this together’ means in the work context. For many ‘we’re all in this together’ is seen as synonymous with a call to teamwork.  Indeed we hear so much about teamwork and collaboration and the benefits accruing to organisations that get this right.  A quick check in the Harvard Business Review site yields 2,448 results - undoubtedly there are real benefits - [...]

First, Make Sure You’re a Team, Then Set Yourselves Up for Success2021-01-25T22:17:41+00:00
9 12, 2020

The Pitfalls of ‘Whether or Not’ Decisions


I was coaching a client some time back who was trying to decide if he would move on from his current role or stay put. We did an exercise where he explored the downsides of staying, the upsides of moving on and the upsides of staying – it seemed very clear that the energy and upsides around moving on were way stronger than those for staying in current role. Now he was the Managing Director of his current organisation and I had noticed that his face lit up whenever he talked about the work the organisation did, the people they took [...]

The Pitfalls of ‘Whether or Not’ Decisions2021-01-25T22:20:34+00:00
18 11, 2020

From Executive Coaching to Committed Partnerships


We’ve been thinking anew about how we bring value to our executive coaching clients. Client circumstances vary all the way from business closure/redundancies to pivoting their business to those who are experiencing significant growth and opportunity in these times. What is true for all is that change, whether planned or not, is engulfing them right now. We’ve been asking clients how we help them most and we’ve been reading current research and upskilling ourselves. And it seems to us that the coaching landscape is changing rapidly. Peter Hawkins talks about Coaching the System from Multiple Perspectives   Another theme coming through [...]

From Executive Coaching to Committed Partnerships2024-04-08T14:35:14+01:00
16 11, 2020

What’s Your Leadership Purpose? 6 Questions to Get You Thinking!


What’s the difference you’re seeking to make in the world? As you go about your daily work and life do you have an over-arching intention? A commitment that enriches your day? An intent unique and precious to you? A purpose that when you’re honouring it you feel energised, decisions come easier, you’re buzzing, you’re pumping on all cylinders? And, when things go wrong, a purpose that endures and guides you, fuelling your resilience and persistence to prevail? Usually the wording of an intention looks very simple – something like ‘To ignite creativity’ ‘To connect and reach out’ ‘To ask questions and [...]

What’s Your Leadership Purpose? 6 Questions to Get You Thinking!2020-11-16T19:02:06+00:00
3 11, 2020

The Power of Core Values for Leadership


We're loving reading the latest edition of The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner. They’ve been researching for decades now on how to make extraordinary things happen in organisations. There’s so much talk all the time around organisational values and they’re important of course – provided that they’re real and not of the vanilla variety that we see so often accompanying organisational mission statements. What’s really bowled us over is Kouzes & Posner’s research showing the vital importance of our personal values as leaders – in fact they found that leaders who are clear on their own values delivered as much [...]

The Power of Core Values for Leadership2024-04-08T16:43:57+01:00