How a Marathon Became a Team Event


You’ll have seen in the news that Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge, achieved a remarkable thing – he ran the distance of a marathon in under two hours, shaving nearly two minutes off his own marathon world record of 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds.  To put this achievement into context, it meant running an average […]

New roles for L&D: the reality of 70:20:10


A great deal has been written about the 70:20:10 model. Some of it suggests the authors understand what the model is about, but a significant amount suggests otherwise… If you and your organisation are planning to use this approach to help improve the way you build and support a high-performing workforce, it’s important that you first understand […]

Defining who should be involved with the development of your OD strategy


People are the most important part to any OD strategy, making it vital that stakeholders from across the organisation should be involved when developing an OD strategy.  There will be several different levels of involvement, ranging from those who simply complete a survey as part of the consultation phase, through to those who are responsible […]

Five questions every organisation should ask itself before developing an OD strategy


Developing an OD strategy is something that is very individual an organisation. There is no one-size fits all solution, and there are some organisations that might be better suited to another style of corporate strategy altogether Here are five questions you should ask yourself before developing a new OD strategy for your organisation. 1. Is it […]

Leadership: why it’s time to ditch hierarchical decision-making


Too many organisations are still hung up on traditional hierarchical decision-making structures. In order to effect real change, it’s time these old structures were dismantled – but it won’t come without resistance from senior leadership. I’ve been invited to run a series of team offsites. This is not unusual. It’s my job. What is unusual […]

How to be more ‘agile’ – 3 talent management tips


Have you heard about ‘agile’? It’s a concept that has been revolutionising the tech and IT worlds over the past 25-30 years, and now looks set to transform a broad range of industries and functions too. Agile (adj.) a style of project management, used especially for software development, which involves dividing tasks into short phases of work, and […]

How your management style can affect business growth


Leona Barr-Jones looks at how a manager’s style can create a positive impact on performance, productivity and profits. Once your business starts to grow, you take the big step of taking on staff and putting processes and procedures in place in order to keep your business on track. It is at this point that strong management […]

Moonshot thinking: disrupting the norm in business


Maybe you’ve thought about your core values, your mission statement or your vision but what about your moonshot? Yes, your moonshot. Mission, values and vision can often sit on a shelf gathering dust. A moonshot is different. Origins Originating from the Apollo and Soviet lunar programmes aiming to land humans on the moon, the term […]

The HR opportunity: fostering talent in an age of uncertainty


First, it was Brexit. Then it was Trump. The past two years have left the world stunned with the unprecedented shifts in everything from political leaders to public sentiment. It’s caused a ripple effect of uncertainty that continues to permeate far and wide, leaving consumer and business confidence at an all-time low. While investors tend […]

Bring success through exceptional first line manager training


Global uncertainties, including political disagreements and economic upheavals, is creating a world that is constantly changing and bringing new challenges to businesses. For this reason, First Line Managers (FLMs) need to be constantly up-to-date with industry knowledge and on the ball with the latest technology. FLMs are some of the most important people in a company, […]

Looking at leadership in a post-truth world


Post-truth is a new term and it is defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Typical post-truth strategies include fake news, constant repetition of untruths, blaming of the innocent and generally rendering the truth as of secondary […]

Why do 95% of companies make bad hires?


95% of organisations of all sizes admit to making bad hires every year, according to Brandon Hall Group’s 2015 Talent Acquisition Study. Nothing seems to have changed since The Economist reported in 2006 that finding the right people is ‘the single biggest problem in business today’. What’s the cost? What does this cost a business? […]

Unfreezing the middle: how to unleash your middle management potential


In just the last few months, I’ve heard many executives say, “We are frozen in the middle.” These leaders are frustrated that their organisations are stuck by misaligned goals, unclear accountabilities and poor handoffs between levels of leadership.   Others have added, “We have good people. What is going on?” Executives want help unfreezing the middle and […]

Fixing diversity programmes: diversity, inclusion and deliberate practice


No one should be arguing against increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Strategically, ethically, and financially it makes sense that organizations can benefit from being diverse. The Return on Investment (ROI) for a diverse workplace has been widely accepted by most CEOs and Leaders and backed by studies with impressive statistics such as: a 1% […]


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