We find insight and knowledge constantly during our work. It is what allows us to create change and guide leaders. We use knowledge to inspire innovation and build success.

Here, we share our insights and knowledge.

Women leaders, be bold!

Boldness is the very quality needed to make your mark in business, to be an effective leader. To become better connected to yourself, your team, and your organisation, you need to be bold.

This framework enables you to be and become bold in the workplace, to achieve and sustain your leadership ambitions.

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Are leaders equipped with 2020 vision?

Eight challenges leaders will need to address in the coming decade

The pace of change in modern business is dizzying, and leaders who aren’t prepared for the challenges on the horizon may find themselves leading their organisations into the history books.In 1958, the average lifespan of a company listed on the S&P 500 stock exchange in the U.S. was 61 years. Today that lifespan is just 18 years – and falling.[1] At the current rate of attrition, three quarters of companies currently listed on the index will have changed in the next decade. The story’s the same in stock markets around the world.

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Leadership Is An Inside Job - Overcoming Our Natural Biases

The human brain is a wonderful thing. The most powerful supercomputer on earth, and every one of us has the latest model sitting right between our ears. It’s what enables us to do uniquely human things. Things like planning for the future, inventing and innovating, and imagining the world from other people’s points of view. All critical skills for aspiring leaders, and all delivered thanks to generations of refinement to the structure and psychology of the human brain.

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The Connected Leader

When working with leaders to help them become better connected, there are four principal domains in which we work. Each one of these is – quite naturally – connected to the others.

Four domains that may, at first glance, appear to be independent, but in fact influence one another profoundly. Push here and something happens over there. They are the component parts of a unified whole.

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The secret of innovation? Look to the edges

We live in the age of disruption,where apparently left-field, unexpected solutions to problems we thought we had licked can creep up on big, established market leaders, to become noisy, irritating challengers.

To the outmanoeuvred, to the sluggish establishment, the struggle is knowing how to be different and how to change. It’s as if the innovators rewrote the rules of their sector and didn’t tell anyone. It’s like their upstart competitors really did uncover the secrets of alchemy or worked out how to speed up evolution.

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Gender equality in leadership: the key to intelligent working

The facts on gender imbalance in leadership at work make for stark reading:

·      Globally, women hold less than a quarter of all senior roles. This has crept up by 1% in the past year, and just 6% since 2004

·      In small and medium enterprises, 21% are led by women[1]

·      Just seven FTSE 100 companies have a female CEO, and there’s just one in the top 50 – Emma Walmsley of GlaxoSmithKline

·      In fact, there are more men called David (9) who are FTSE 100 CEOs than women

·      In Ireland, just 14% of CEOs and COOs are women

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The Complacency Trap

When a goal is achieved in your team or organisation, what happens next?


It’s natural to want to recognise and celebrate achievements. Acknowledging a job well done is a vital part of the process of development.


But there’s a risk: complacency.


If we focus too much on what’s done, we often forget about what’s still to do. We look back, rather than forward to the next job, and the next goal.

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Stop Being Busy, Start Being Focussed

If I were to ask you how you are, what would you say?

I suspect there is a strong possibility your answer would include the word ‘busy’. Most of us feel busy and we see being busy as a positive thing. If you’re busy, that must mean you’re productive, useful and high-achieving. If you’re not busy, what are you doing with your time?

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Forget Resolutions. Embrace Possibilities and Create Your Vision

In the words of Mary Chapin Carpenter, "I dwell in possibility on New Year's Day”. At the beginning of the year, we feel everything is open to us. The year stretches ahead of us, full of hope and opportunity.

There will always be goals we want to achieve. Indeed, they’re usually a vital part of measuring achievement and performance. But for those goals to mean anything, they need to be tied to a vision of success.

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The Feedback Loop

If no-one knows what you’re doing, they might think you’re doing nothing at all. That’s where the feedback loop comes in.

The feedback loop builds relationships and strengthens teams. Individuals feel valued and leaders throughout the organisation know who is especially good at doing what. Rather than being a fleeting moment, feedback gains momentum and has a long-lasting impact.

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Is this the number one thing that gets in the way of making progress?

“How do you get rid of cynicism in an organisation?” 

This question was put to me recently by David, MD of an international sales organisation during a coaching session. 

Why did he ask? Because "it's the number one thing that gets in the way of making progress"

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Two Little Words: The power of thank you

When did you last say thank you? The chances are, it wasn’t long ago.

Most of us say those two words many times a day: buying a coffee, arriving at a meeting, eating dinner. 

We say it often, but what does thank you actually mean?

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5 Reasons to Invest in Yourself as a Leader

Great leaders are visionaries. They can inspire, innovate and nurture both people and ideas. These qualities don’t appear in a person by accident. 

To have a vision for others, you must also have a vision for yourself, and that takes investment.

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Shoulders to stand on: why leaders need mentors

A good mentor provides the shoulders that their mentoree needs to stand on to see, and go, further. All of us can think of people whose shoulders we have stood on, even if only for a short time. 

Our giants, or mentors, may have come in the form of colleagues and bosses, family members and friends, or with people we’d asked to mentor us. Mentoring may have come in the form of a one-off chance conversation, or a formal mentoring relationship over several years.

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Counting on the World Clock

“The World Clock is important to our lives. Why? Because we count on it. Commerce runs on time, we have to have order.” Steen Hegner, Danish clock-maker

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Change management – time for a change?

We hear mantras like ‘Change is constant’ and over decades, the consultancy industry has boomed in the quest to help organisations to ‘manage change’.

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Are You Too Busy To Lead?

Too busy and not enough time to do it all. Wishing to be more strategic and effective as a leader but the day to day business of their working lives simply takes over. The unique window of time when they first took the job and had brilliant aspirations for the role is over. 

It’s been replaced by constant tactical decisions, the frenzy of email and endless meetings. Sound familiar?

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Are you taking away other people’s opportunities to grow and develop?

Are you doing everything? As a leader, are you immersed in the tactics, the business of your work and overlooking the development of your staff?

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Who would be a leader?

Pick up most business books from the past decade or two and they’re packed with examples of organisations with great visions and heroic leaders for us to consider as role models and exemplars. 

As fairly recent history has revealed, some of those megastar leaders have turned out to have had feet of clay. Their organisations either no longer exist or have been exposed as espousing noble values to the world whilst privately forsaking them in the pursuit of the bottom line or the lining of their own pockets.

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Teamwork, Innovation and Formula 1™

“Pulling off the perfect pit stop requires remarkable teamwork and communication, as split second decisions can make or break a race. A similar demand is placed on medical teams who have to perform complex tasks under pressure when transferring patients from theatre to intensive care. Even minor delays during the handover process can seriously affect patient recovery.”

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