Is it really fair to expect busy leaders to support the wellbeing of their team?

It makes sense that leaders and managers impact the productivity and engagement of those in their teams. Both negatively and positively. In fact, isn’t positively affecting these two measures, at least partly, what leaders are rewarded for?  But wellbeing? You can hear leaders and managers everywhere, as one voice claim, “That’s not in my...

Three approaches to developing organisation-wide sustainable productivity.

Whilst total production fell in the UK through 2020 due to the effects of the pandemic, average productivity increased marginally on hourly output measures, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Perhaps neither of these figures are wholly surprising, given the vastly different types of jobs done by people all across the UK....

How to create exceptional in-house group coaching Pt.3

Welcome to the third and final part in this mini-series on how HR, L&D and Talent colleagues can design and deliver your own in-house group coaching.  In the first part we looked at how you can establish the business case with your internal stakeholders, for beginning to think about this as an intervention. We...

In-house Group Coaching Pt.2

In the first part of this three-part series, we established why you might want to design and facilitate Group Coaching inside your organisation. The business-case is well established that this approach has both direct, planned for advantages e.g. driving delivery of key impacts and improving cognitive diversity, coupled with the several positive effects that...

How HR can help leaders. At scale.

In this first post of our three-part mini-series, we’ll look at the many good reasons why HR and L&D leaders should be considering setting up in-house Group Coaching for all people managers and those considered talent, not just under the current challenging circumstances but more generally too. In Part 2, we’ll outline when and...

Why do leaders stop leading?

Brilliant functional leaders who head up their own teams of high performers often share an observable trait: they stop leading when they come together in a group with their peers, e.g. at their regular senior leadership team meetings. We see it. Too often. From our data and experience of nearly 20 years, there are...

Are you destined to become a great leader?

It seems to us that as we look around politics and business life, there is a real dearth of great leadership. But what do we mean when we say “great leadership”? In Exigence’s view, a ‘great’ leader should not be confused with either a famous (or infamous) leader. Leaders can achieve notoriety for all...

It’s not advice leaders need. It’s time.

Heeding advice, even great advice and then adjusting behaviours, can be really challenging at the best of times. And these are not those times. Don’t eat refined sugars. Take exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes, three times a week. Eat more green vegetables. We’ve all heard this advice repeatedly over the years. Even...