Leadership

Engagement: much more than a two-dimensional exercise

A recent HR Magazine article highlights the findings of a new report that suggests engagement surveys don’t deliver an accurate picture of employee engagement. It’s an interesting piece of research which reflects our own conclusions from our work with all types and sizes of organisation – engagement is not a two-dimensional exercise.   While the…

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The challenge for talent in a strong labour market

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that unemployment is at its lowest rate for over 40 years. This is of course great news for employees and employers alike, but a super tight labour market poses some specific challenges for businesses seeking to recruit and retain talent – and provides the biggest test of…

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New article on leadership published in The HRDirector

Leaders aren’t created fully formed. Like the rest of us, they require their strengths to be nurtured – not just at key business moments, but using a sustained, long-term approach that allows teams to evolve to meet new challenges, and to support seamless succession planning. Read our latest article in The HRDirector that discusses the importance…

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Further leadership lessons: the Carillion aftermath

We’ve talked before about the collapse of construction giant Carillion and what it can teach us about corporate leadership in the modern world. Of course, there are intricacies and nuances that make every situation unique, but there are many broad lessons to be learnt from Carillion and others who have gone before. And learn we…

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Why leaders must stay human

Leadership is about much more than being in charge. It’s about having support from and empathy with those you lead. But the concept of empathy seems to be lost on many leaders – something we are seeing played out at the top level of corporate and political leadership today.   This is because leaders often…

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Leadership lessons: what can we learn from Carillion and others like them?

Carillion is one of the biggest corporate collapses the UK has seen.  It has created grave knock-on effects amongst employees, investors and those reliant on the services the group provides. As the media dust settles, the real recriminations are only just beginning: politicians debating the merits of the public-private partnership (PPP) and private finance initiative…

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Leicester’s Leadership Lessons

So the unthinkable has happened. A new, non-“big four” club has won the Premiership finally. And (as a Sunderland fan – apologies), what a great thing that is. But what leadership lessons can we learn from how Claudio Ranieri has achieved such an amazing feat? Here are four we have picked up in observing his…

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The leadership challenges for Mark Carney

Each morning, I walk past the “Old Lady Of Threadneedle Street” to our offices just next to the Bank of England.  While it’s always a beautiful and impressive edifice to pass, this morning it seemed a little more poignant.  As Mark Carney arrives for his first day at work, he will face a number of…

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Valuable leadership lessons from the Thatcher era

Rarely has the death of a politician created such a polarised reaction. In the immediate few hours since Margaret Thatcher died, Twitter has had everything. From The Economist’s “One of only a handful of peace-time politicians who can claim to have changed the world” to Frankie Boyle’s “Finally, I get to wear my black suit…

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