Empowering Middle Managers: The WORD on Talent Development

Middle managers play a pivotal role in any organisation. They are the bridge between upper management and the frontline employees, responsible for translating high-level strategies into actionable tasks. One of their key responsibilities is talent development, ensuring that their team members grow, both personally and professionally. To facilitate this process, the WORD acronym —...

Why Family Doesn’t Fit as a Model for Business Teams

In the world of business, the notion of treating teams like family is often touted as an ideal. However, upon closer examination, this analogy may not hold up. Here are six reasons why the familial model isn’t the best fit for business teams: 1. Varied Experiences Not everyone’s experience of family is the same....

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Why Your Leadership Legacy Is Important To You And To Others

The best time to plant a tree it is said, is one hundred years ago. The second best time is today. And so it is with building your legacy as a leader. Reflecting to inform action When you look back over your career and life to date, what are the best teams you have...

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Develop the key leadership skill of parallel processing

Our recent blog posts have explored the importance of viewing a team, not just as an intact unit but also as a collection of individuals who operate across a range of relationships. When those bonds are sufficiently strong, they enable the team deliver the key impacts that are required of it.  This article moves the...

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Towards better Leadership Development: Addressing Common Coaching Misconceptions

In this article we are going to tackle five popular misconceptions about leadership coaching so that you can make a more informed decision when you come to purchase coaching for yourself or leaders in your business. 1. Coaching is only for underperformers. Coaching has evolved since its introduction in the 1980s. Initially used for corrective measures, it...

The Importance of Strong Working Relationships in Teams

Traditional views of teams often see them as cohesive units, even when they’re assembled for specific projects. Team members are viewed as working towards common goals and shared success. However, looking at teams from a different angle reveals that they consist of individuals with their own agendas, aspirations, and diverse perspectives. When these personal...

Does your team actually exist?

In the last post we began to explore different perspectives for looking at teams. We countered the oft quoted idea that there is no ‘I’ in team. We explained why, in fact, a team is full of ‘I’s and why that is relevant for leaders and organisations to be fully aware of. This is important because...

Look closer: There is an ‘I’ in team.

In the first of two articles exploring the concept of a ‘team,’ I want to address a common but misguided notion often repeated in discussions about teamwork: the trite and glaringly false assertion that, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” I realise that you, dear reader, will never have uttered this apocryphal statement, so...

Are you sure it’s team coaching you are buying?

If you are considering supporting your senior teams, I hope this article will help you in your decision-making process by giving you a general overview of the market and what is on offer. I shall also help you understand why it is so important that you should be clear on what you and your...

Why team coaching? Why now?

If you are a leader of a team or a purchaser of development for your organisation, you can’t have helped but notice that since the pandemic, there has been a good deal of coverage about “leading at a distance” and developing high performing teams. Not surprising when you consider how challenging the pandemic proved...

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