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Board diversity from a psychological perspective Take-Away Line Revisions to governance codes and supporting advice to boards have taken to heart the notion of ‘behavioural governance’, to support boards offer the independence of mind and rigour that effective organisational leadership needs. But they have so far failed to address questions of psychological diversity, the range…

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Genies, personal spiritual growth and organisational life

Take Away Line The image of the genie is sometimes used to convey the idea of the vast potential for growth latent within all of us, growth, which Jungians hold, is our natural desire for individuation. But can this urge, essentially something usually seen as a matter for the individual  to accomplish alone, also be…

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In praise of recognition, but not praise itself

Take Away Line Half-hearted praise does as much for self-esteem as casual criticism. If you want to build the confidence of your people, they need to feel recognised not praised. And that’s about how you engage with them. Whole-hearted and fully present engagement may sound ungainly as a phrase, but it’s the trick to build…

How to choose the right leadership development programme

Take Away Line Rattling through the bush on a long journey can be a great way to reflect, discuss and formulate. On one journey in the Madagascan Highlands, we talked about how to choose the right leadership development programme, developing a simple typology of four types aimed at helping those new to these ideas a…

Burning bright, not burning out: Leadership in tough times

Take Away Line As high stress levels seem to be endemic in professional life, attention turns to understanding how to cope and, better still, to lead oneself and ones team through the stress.  The process of moving from being subject to stress to a position of having the personal wellbeing and skills to support others…

Happiness at Work: Spirituality and Success

Take Away Line Much of the literature on happiness seems to emphasise the importance of removing barriers to happiness, since happiness is more or less a natural state.  Removing barriers has been a theme of all these articles.  But there is also the question of our relationship with our core, our inner lives, the very…

Happiness at Work: Managing Well-being

Take Away Line Whether it’s to survive the tough times we live in or to perform in the Olympics, we have to keep well.  Keeping well is the baseline for job satisfaction and happiness generally.  But wellness is not just a narrow concept akin to fitness or diet; it encompasses taking a holistic view across…

Happiness at Work: Our work as our Calling

Take Away Line We might feel that a calling is something that only the few have.  And there is some empirical evidence to support this idea.  Few of us feel we can alter our work or other circumstances.  But with care and attention we can alter our perspective on things and in so doing maximise…

Happiness at Work: Getting into the ‘Zone’

Take Away Line The zone is one of the fairly rare moments that all athletes know and treasure.  Indeed, most of us experience flow at one point or another.  But like all physical states, it’s temporary and while we may derive satisfaction that comes in the wake of such as state hyper-effectiveness, it’s a fickle…