Tag Archives: Management

Changing and not changing: midsummer maternal madness and understanding resistance in a coaching situation

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Take Away Line An organisational community can be torn over questions of change. All too often, as in the case presented here, resistance can be configured as a monolith to be crushed or avoided. But working with an organisational leader … Continue reading

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I’m not paranoid – I’m just isolated: coaching reflections on how our thoughts can mask facing up to the real issue

Take Away Line All of us have these little annoying loops that go round in our minds. They can sometimes appear almost paranoid. But can we think of them as purposeful in anyway? Sometimes they can mask a bigger concern, … Continue reading

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In praise of recognition, but not praise itself: coaching reflections for leaders

Take Away Line Half-hearted praise does as much for self-esteem as casual criticism. If you want to build the confidence of your people, they need to feel recognised not praised. And that’s about how you engage with them. Whole-hearted and fully … Continue reading

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The Danger of Ignorance or why Good Corporate Governance is important

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 Take Away Line If there’s anything we can learn from the collapse of the banks and other major institutions, it’s that their boards have to be more than a mere shadowy presence: their input matters.  The consequences of weak governance … Continue reading

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An Awakened Board: A Peak at Great Organisational Governance

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 Take Away Line Good governance, along with its great governance and weak governance counterparts, is only partly a describable condition – and in this blog we have a go at that – but it is also an outcome from a … Continue reading

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How to choose the right leadership development programme for your organisation – in Madagascar

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Take Away Line Rattling through the bush on a long journey can be a great way to reflect, discuss and formulate. On one journey in the Madagascan Highlands, we talked about how to choose the right leadership development programme, developing … Continue reading

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Governance: Consultant/client relations – where does the power really lie?

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Take-Away Line Whether as a member of a board or as a consultant to a board, groups find ways of limiting individual power in ways that can be surprising and uncomfortable, even apparently irrational.  There is a strange symbiotic relationship … Continue reading

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Leadership and culture: Lions led by donkeys – when managerial under-capacity is a choice

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Take Away Line Leaders of organisations can live in a work culture that oppresses them and builds in failure.  Yet, even as the leaders of their organisations, they can feel they have no choice.  They are stuck.  The example of … Continue reading

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Employee Engagement: All you need is Love – at work?

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Take Away Line Loving work and higher productivity go hand in hand.  We know the link but in stressed times the tendency is for leaders to drive harder not love more.  As a leader, how can you put the love … Continue reading

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Innovation: why encouraging making friends at work makes good business sense

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Take Away Line Innovation is as much a social process as something a genius does on their own.  Simply put, innovation comes better when ideas hit against one another in an informal way.  The key thing is breaking down barriers … Continue reading

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