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Facing your fear

According to Merriam Webster, fear is A : an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. B (1) : an instance of this emotion (2) : a state marked by this emotion.  While undeniably accurate, it doesn’t necessarily … Continue reading

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Interpreting the Quadruple Bottom Line

Have you noticed that recently more and more people seem to be talking about the Quadruple Bottom Line (QBL)? Is it really something new? Does it really exist or is it ‘another clever buzz-word from sustainability consultants’? Perhaps a good … Continue reading

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An Experience of ‘How to Sharpen the Sword’

What does it take to improve on something that has been dubbed ‘wonderful’, ‘great’ and amazing’? How can a consulting organisation, in service of its client, keep pushing the frontiers of performance and excellence to higher and higher levels when … Continue reading

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How is your organisation designed to get undesirable results from your staff?

I recently had a fascinating experience in a Moscow hotel room. No – not what you might be thinking. On my last day of a programme I was facilitating, I daringly decided to leave my checkout until the lunch break. … Continue reading

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Are we doing the work that is needed or the work that is comfortable?

“Taking a new step or uttering a new word is what people fear most.” Dostoyevsky I notice how quite frequently we talk on the one hand of the need for innovation, transformation, world-class practice or other words to describe great … Continue reading

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What do you think they think of you? The stories that derail us

Some years ago, I was called (at less than 24 hours notice) to facilitate a meeting at short notice between three parties. The purpose was to establish the operational terms for a potential joint venture between two well known corporate … Continue reading

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Here be dragons: Leading in complex times

Think about a big challenge you are addressing: a current situation that matters, where you know something qualitatively different is required. It could be in your paid work, in the community, a national or a global issue. How do you … Continue reading

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Freedom-centred: the future of leadership

In many of our organisations, the majority of people feel they are working under some sense of oppression – or at the very least noticing that “all they are” is somehow not able to flourish in their world of work. … Continue reading

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Leading through birth and death: the future of leadership

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It is the flow of energy that breathes life into our passions, our dreams and our vision for the future. How many leaders today have mastered the ability to see, feel and be … Continue reading

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Seek first to remember what has been forgotten (or ignored): the future of leadership

When confronted with taking the next step forward, why is it that the last place that we look for guidance are the footprints that we (and others) have left behind? Why do we not learn from the past? In today’s … Continue reading

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An introduction: the future of leadership

The New Year is when we look to the future – not just to the year ahead, but often to several years ahead. We reconsider our plans for our lives, our relationships, our goals, our work. So we at Future … Continue reading

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Talent management for the common good

In the public interest early organizations were often created to benefit the city or country concerned. The structure and management of modern organisations originated from city guilds or from military practices. In the past century, with the pervasiveness of the … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Complexity: the Personal and the Systemic

Many of us yearn for simple principles to guide our work and life in a complex world. At the heart of this conundrum is an understanding of the relationship between the personal and the systemic. If some of us have … Continue reading

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Innovating culture

One theory of culture is that the organisation’s core business, or dominant technology, often gives rise to a pervasive culture. We experienced this in some recent client work: we were designing and facilitating a Top-100 event for a global company, … Continue reading

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We are all made of stardust

Recently a coaching client of mine was reading from a notice calling them to a novel meeting. One sentence resonated with her and with me. “We are all made of stardust”. Of course the physicists will tell us this is … Continue reading

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Democracy at work: Culture 2.0?

It is no secret that during the current economic climate, many employees have lost trust in management. Often the squeeze on budgets creates a pressure that many leaders will respond with words like, downsizing, redundancy, and structural change. These reactions … Continue reading

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Are you due for a cultural detox?

Recently, I have been working with a leadership team who have been together for over 5 years. They were a close team, highly functional in many ways, showing high emotional intelligence, solid relationships and overall strong results. And yet here … Continue reading

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Changing the rules of the game: Culture

I recently read a great story about a softball game in which one player injured herself when going for a home run… and the action taken by her “opponent” who saw the need of another human being as overriding the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Purpose

Working with purpose, being “on purpose” we might say, most often is a place of high energy and momentum and can give you the intrinsic motivation to strive to achieve more, while simultaneously feeling fulfilled in and out of work, … Continue reading

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Purpose: The missing ingredient

Reading through news articles, blogs, updates and surveys on weekly (sometimes daily) basis, there is rarely an article that, 3 months on, still sticks in my head. In September last year the Chartered Institute of People Development (CIPD) published a … Continue reading

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Leadership? Management? Facilitation.

Much has been written about the distinction between a manager and a leader; a manager – so the popular thinking goes – is one who directs resources (including the woefully misnamed “human resources”), and a leader one who enables others … Continue reading

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Sustainability as a platform for growth

Ten years ago, virtually no companies were making public commitments regarding sustainability. most companies treated sustainability issues as operational issues – strictly limited to their factory walls. sustainability was seen as cost, not profit. But quietly, many of the world’s … Continue reading

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Putting Values to the Test

Our November newsletter spoke about values and how we work with them everyday. The theme can be interpreted in many ways. One of our readers felt compelled to write about what values look like from his/her own experience. This is … Continue reading

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Keeping the values burning

In an era of increased customer choice and global awareness, a company’s values are becoming one of the important market differentiators. Savvy customers in developed countries can – and increasingly will – choose on the basis of perceived values of … Continue reading

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Do you make a habit of catching your people doing the right thing?

I work inside many organisations and have done for over 30 years now. I am still astonished how little overt praise and celebration I witness – it is still far outweighed by the emphasis on spotting the errors, seeing the … Continue reading

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How much of a team is your team, really?

How much of a team do your “teams” really feel? I remember as a teenager playing rugby that I would have done anything for my teammates – stood up to others who were threatening them, helped them out of all … Continue reading

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How to develop core strength at pace

As a recent AIESEC alumnus, it is very interesting, though not surprising, to see the speed at which the global organisation changes in response to changes in the external environment. Programmes are added, acronyms are changed and within 2 months … Continue reading

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Why organisational cultures are like reindeer

I’ve just returned from Estonia, where I was delivering a keynote on leadership (I decided to focus it on three themes: relationships, meaning & purpose, and innovation & courage). While driving down a freeway, I saw a “beware of the … Continue reading

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