Stop just THINKING about culture – 5 simple ACTIONS to take TODAY


Recognition of the importance of organisational culture seems to be increasing on a daily basis.  About time too, as it is clear that strategy and culture go hand-in-hand if business performance is to be managed effectively. Despite this, the majority of leaders tend to focus more on the strategy side of the equation than the … Continue reading Stop just THINKING about culture – 5 simple ACTIONS to take TODAY

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

“Cream will rise” – how not to manage a merger


The old adage that ‘Cream rises to the top’ is absolutely correct but some organisations stretch this too far and expect this natural biological process to work as a metaphor within their business whilst providing no catalyst or enabling framework. We were asked recently to engage with a fairly large City organisation that had recognised … Continue reading “Cream will rise” – how not to manage a merger

The dance of change


I was reflecting on the nature of organisational change recently and thinking about the relatively short half-life of behaviour change stimulated from development programmes.  Participants return from the programme with great enthusiasm to put their learning into practice in the workplace and are met with resistance and, indeed looks of incredulity from their colleagues.  If … Continue reading The dance of change