Leadership and culture: Lions led by donkeys – when managerial under-capacity is a choice

Take Away Line Leaders of organisations can live in a work culture that oppresses them and builds in failure.  Yet, even as the leaders of their organisations, they can feel they have no choice.  They are stuck.  The example of the turnaround of the car industry in the UK, no longer British owned, shows how…

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Employee Engagement: All you need is Love – at work?

Take Away Line Loving work and higher productivity go hand in hand.  We know the link but in stressed times the tendency is for leaders to drive harder not love more.  As a leader, how can you put the love back in to leadership?  For good!  One way is to consider a really great new…

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Innovation: why encouraging making friends at work makes good business sense

Take Away Line Innovation is as much a social process as something a genius does on their own.  Simply put, innovation comes better when ideas hit against one another in an informal way.  The key thing is breaking down barriers between groups within an organisation so the light can get in.  While you can’t command…

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Employee Engagement: When falling out of love with work is not always a bad thing…

Take Away Line Creating relationships between employees and employers that are meaningful and sustainable as well as productive requires an understanding of both how to engender and maintain engagement in the first place, but also an understanding of the darker side of high levels of staff engagement – and how to deal with its consequences.…

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Volunteering: A Transylvanian tale as the consultant goes to the care frontline

Take Away Line A working holiday in a hospice in Romania? Sounds tough or ‘noble’ or both. Perhaps it is, but if the hosting agency gets the organisational arrangements right it can feel neither…and mine gold for all concerned. Reflections and eight good practice tips suggested here towards the end of the European Year of…

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Leadership Development: How can you show leadership development programmes provide a return on investment?

Take Away Line Turbulent times call for even greater sophistication in leadership.  Linked to culture change, effective leadership development programmes should have direct benefits for all-staff engagement levels, which in turn predict future organisational success.  Measure and re-measure engagement levels and you predict the ROI from your leadership intervention.  But choosing the right programme is…

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Learning and Talent Development: How to spend that scarce cash really well

Take Away Line When learning and development budgets are under strain, every £, € or $ has to show its worth. There are signs in some quarters that spend in this area is beginning to rise again. Slowly. Greater impact for the available cash can be had by paying more attention to the precise learning…

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Cross-cultural consulting: can you export good governance?

Take Away Line Consulting across boundaries has many joys and some pitfalls.  Some of the models and idea do not translate well; others do.  Recent experience in working with a group of NGO leaders in Russia suggests that the four areas where intervention can be most useful and appropriate are at the sector policy level,…

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