Articles

How EFFECTIVE was your last Board meeting?

I wonder whether you left your last board meeting feeling informed, clear, supported, understood and most of all energised to move things forward faster and more effectively in the coming...

The new world of work

In conversation with clients, we often examine what needs to change to ensure leadership effectiveness and business performance in an ever changing  environment. We have to make way for new...

Perspective

Waiting in a client’s 11th floor meeting room, I looked out the window at the London skyline and thought how what I saw could be a metaphor for coaching. The...

Chairing an effective Board

You have three hours a month, ten months of the year when the Board, who have both operational and legal responsibility for a company on behalf of its shareholders, sit...

Grow a global mindset

Many, if not most of us, work and live in globally interconnected ways. Our businesses employ diverse people, often from different locations and cultures. We manage and lead teams across...

Learning from our mistakes

In the wake of yet another public debacle on who knew there were failings in the NHS Trust and did not do anything about it, I can  not help but...

Feeling like a fraud

Feeling like a fraud is experienced by up to 70% of us at some time. Even Michelle Obama admitted recently that she still feels like an impostor when others tell...

Leading the millenials

Many of the commonly held beliefs of the past 30 years, about how businesses should be run, and how people should be led, are being challenged by the now up...

Listening for perspective

Our article about perspective reminded me of Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening, the excellent book published in 2009 by Roger Nierenberg, the widely acclaimed international conductor from...

Recommended reading and watching

Clients often ask us "what do you recommend for me to read, watch or listen to?" Here are some resources that have proven popular and useful. Please let us know...

Case Studies

Creating a Coaching Culture

Context   Our client, a market leader in pharmaceutical research and manufacture, has recently invested in training ten of their managers to perform the role of internal coaches to support...

Navigating Office Politics

The context Beatrice has just been promoted to her first Board role in a global bank, and is finding the experience rather unnerving. Politics, relationships and managing through others who...

Putting the accelerator into growth of a law practice

Context Following their annual appraisal process, the Managing Partner of a market leading specialist law practice wanted to ‘lift the bar’ to accelerate the speed at which his firm was...

Leadership Team Development

The context Harry is the CEO of a group of companies, one of which was performing well, one was just about meeting targets and one was showing signs of failing....