Tag Archives: engagement

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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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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Creating a thinking environment, for the sake of our natural environment

In August 2012, I returned from running a side event at the Rio+20 with Mark Young , and am still trying to come to terms with the experience. You may have seen some of the reports from the Rio + … Continue reading

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The first step to leading innovation

Let’s just take a moment to reconsider the meaning of innovation. Suppose we took innovation in business to mean profound, system-wide change to the way things are done. We might be reinventing air travel, or building a totally new way … Continue reading

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Generation Y as Generation WHY

Generation Y is soon becoming the largest generational cohort in the workforce. As Gen WHY, they are motivated by a sense of service to and connection with the larger human community through the product or service they contribute to. They … Continue reading

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Intrapreneurship: the answer to Generation Y engagement?

Given the natural aptitude that Generation Y show for creative thinking, and strong affiliation for the topic of sustainability, companies should consider social intrapreneurship as a compelling engagement and retention strategy. An intrapreneur is defined as “a person within a … Continue reading

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Purposeful Patriotism

On a long drive last year, I found myself listening to a classical music radio station, and to one of the most inspiring pieces I can remember hearing. The live recording, a concert by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, was made … 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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Balancing the individual with the whole: Lessons from Greece

George Papandreou. One would guess he’s a popular subject amongst the internal comings and goings of the G20 and perhaps synonymous with the words “uncertainty” and “instability” within his own country. But given the most recent developments in Greek politics, … Continue reading

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Reassessing how a values systems drive performance

I’ve spent many happy weeks facilitating in Fontainebleau, France, over the past two years. We have been delivering an executive talent programme for one of our clients, in partnership with INSEAD Business School. On the odd occasion that there 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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Lessons from stone sculptures

What can we learn from the 15,800-mile saga of a ton of African stone art… about working across sectors, about mutual understanding and about economic development in the global South? Continue reading

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Overcoming inclusion paralysis – generating involvement with efficiency

Ensuring decision buy-in from team members can be one of the most difficult tasks a leader has to face and often a choice emerges to include no one, or include everyone. Cari reflects on the first step as to how teams who operate with a freedom-centred (or democratic) ethos work with and address this idea of “including everyone”. Continue reading

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