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Developing Leadership and Organisational Development in Higher Education

I recently had the privilege to be invited to attend the Higher Education Leadership Forum (HELF) in Sheffield. The event, organised jointly by the University of Sheffield and Careleton University from Canada, brought together academics, leadership specialists and thought leaders from around the worldRead More

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The Golden Rule – and why it doesn’t apply to coaching

The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, appears in most religions. Treating others as you would like to be treated is a sound moral principle, but does it apply in everyday business interactions?Read More

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The ABCs of Collaborative Working Relationships

Effective working relationships are about Authentic Beneficial Connections We all want good working relationships, yet we all know things sometimes go horribly wrong. Our work shows that our motives drive our intentions and behaviours, and, as we have explored in previous posts, that we tend to deploy our personal strengths more frequently. We also know we can Read More

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You can do it if you really want…

In our last post we talked about the danger of overdoing your strengths; using your personal strengths inappropriately or excessively to the point they are perceived as weaknesses. We concluded if things aren’t going well you should perhaps tone it down.Read More

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What’s got into them today?

We’ve all seen it happen, we go into a meeting with a known and trusted colleague and, out of the blue, our usually level-headed and sociable friend turns into someone you barely recognise. The colleague who is usually so self-confident becomes over-bearing and pushy, the one who is usually so analytical becomes obsessive and the one who is normally so supportive appear now to be smothering. Why? Read More

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Equipping Managers to Coach Sustainable Behaviour Change

We all have a natural inertia, an in-built resistance to change, and nowhere is that more evident than in the world of learning and development. For countless times and in countless scenarios, L&D projects fail to deliver the long-term, permanent change you are seeking. Why? Read More

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How Can Managers Become Leaders?

More and more organisations are asking for their managers to become leaders, however, this can often be one of the most challenging transitions in business. The challenge being to maintain effective working relationships that empower and inspire personal and organisational growth. Read More

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Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?

The basis of the concept behind radical candour is a sound one, as caring enough to have uncomfortable, and sometimes brutally honest conversations is key to personal improvement and authentic relationships. However, fools rush in, attempting radical candour without the necessary 'groundwork' can result in ill feeling, lack of motivation and if left unaddressed, can develop into personal conflict. Read More

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8 Characteristics of an Effective Communicator

People are complex, with a myriad of different life experiences that make us who we are, and which inform the way we perceive and respond to the world around us, including our working relationships. “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”Theodore Roosevelt Read More

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How to Get To Effective Collaboration without Conflict

Effective collaboration needs healthy challenge and debate in order to improve the value of ideas and decision making. “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” Walter Lippmann, The Stakes of Diplomacy Read More

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