Toxic culture is bad for business


“RBS culture labelled ‘toxic’ as bosses are grilled by MPs…” “Unilever threatens to pull advertising spend with tech giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter over toxic culture…” “Game developer Quantic Dream accused of ‘toxic’ and ‘sexist’ working environment…”  “Uber’s toxic corporate culture – much more than a PR problem” You don’t have to look far to find … Continue reading Toxic culture is bad for business

I have an executive coaching hammer, but not every problem is a nail!


Executive coaching can’t fix everything.  There, I’ve said it. Even if executive coaching was a hammer, not every problem is a nail. It’s an amazing tool for aligning leadership behaviour with organisational expectations.  It’s fantastic at helping managers understand what will motivate and inspire others.  In short, it’s a brilliant tool for helping individuals change themselves, … Continue reading I have an executive coaching hammer, but not every problem is a nail!

How to shortlist executive coaches


There’s a lot of executive coaches out there.  An awful lot.  The Association for Coaching lists over 1,600 members.  The International Coach Federation has over 20,000. There are multiple LinkedIn groups dedicated to coaching practice with 30,000+ members. The eventual decision on the coaches you choose to work with will often be somewhat subjective (hence … Continue reading How to shortlist executive coaches

Mindfulness – an unhelpful cliché that misses the point


Mindfulness and the broader topic of employee well-being has swept onto the development agenda over the last couple of years.  In its wake are thousands of managers frantically trying to jump on the bandwagon. Happier employees work harder, stay longer and deliver better results.  A study in December concluded that “Happiness seems to motivate greater … Continue reading Mindfulness – an unhelpful cliché that misses the point

Leadership development in action: Nyomi’s story


Just under a year ago we completed a 2 year high potential (HIPO) development programme with Shred-it, the the world’s leading secure information destruction company and part of Stericycle Inc. We welcomed participants from across Shred-it’s EMEAA operations, from the UK, Ireland, Germany and South Africa to a programme that would equip them to be … Continue reading Leadership development in action: Nyomi’s story

Success requires lots of small steps in the right direction


It’s been a pleasure to work with the team at Sapphire over the last 6 months.  A hugely successful design and manufacturing business, we’ve been supporting them in the building of their operating strategy and the development of clear behavioural principles that will guide their continued growth. Earlier this month, the strategy and behavioural principles … Continue reading Success requires lots of small steps in the right direction