Posted on June 10, 2015 in Articles, Coaching, Leadership by Karen

I recently heard an executive being interviewed about his organisation’s problems and the lack of leadership. The top team was criticised for lacking “any curiosity about the situation”.

The ability to remain curious about what surrounds you is, I believe, a key aspect of excellence in leadership and is a mindset that coaching can help bring out and expand in leaders.

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Posted on December 4, 2013 in Articles, Leadership, Purpose by Karen

Pile of stonesTime feels like it speeds up around this time of the year, doesn’t it? With festivals like Divali and Eid just past, and Christmas festivities to come, we all look forward to celebrating in this, the darkest time of the year.

And in the meantime, there are all those projects to be finished before the deadline of the holiday season. Sometimes we can feel hounded by time itself – there’s just not enough of it between now and the end of the year!

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Times a thief Urgent vs Important

Posted on July 5, 2013 in Articles, Leadership by Karen

two people talking at deskOne of the most powerful ways to work with a client who wants to genuinely change the culture and leadership of their organisation, is to design a rich mix of 1:1 learning with a series of short punchy workshops, and plenty of practise in between.

I have worked in this way with several clients recently, and seen some fabulous results. (One recent client said that they thought their move several places up the Sunday Times “Best Places to Work” this year was in part as a direct result of the leadership programme we designed for them!)

…Continue reading – How Do Leaders Best Learn?

Posted on July 5, 2013 in Articles by Karen

view over mountain“Managing stress” has raised its’ profile as a theme with clients quite a bit lately, and I am finding that coaching leaders in a few easy mindfulness techniques is a great way to support busy execs where “work hard – and harder” is a strong cultural driver.

A simple breathing technique is the “One Minute Meditation” which is essentially a way to slow things down and move out of a feeling of overwhelm to gain perspective.

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One minute is all it takes to gain perspective

Posted on December 14, 2012 in Articles by datasouth

curiosityI was interested to hear the word “curious” come up on recent coverage of the leadership crisis at the BBC. An executive was accused of lacking any “curiosity about the situation”.

 

The ability to remain curious about what surrounds you is, I believe, a key aspect of excellence in leadership. One of the problems of the Boardroom is the isolation that can creep in. Directors, who lose touch with their “curiosity” about things, find it all too easy to close down their awareness and look for what confirms their own point of view.

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Curiosity and Leadership

Posted on December 14, 2012 in Articles by Rachael

Spiral staircaseOccasionally there are magical moments in coaching where a shift is felt by both client and coach. Something has shifted at a deeper level; as the unconscious mind surfaces a new connection, a completely fresh perspective emerges.

It’s a spine tingling moment as you sense that the coachee is moving towards the leader they really want to be. Rather like a line of dominoes, once the shift happens, other changes can often quickly follow.

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Shift Happens

Posted on December 14, 2012 in Articles by Rachael

walking-boundaries1One of the real barriers to excellent performance can develop when organisations retrench into competing fiefdoms, rather than seeing themselves as part of a coherent and well-functioning whole.

This often gets worse in tougher times where the “drawbridge” mentality can take hold as divisions compete hard for budget and people, close down the open exchange of information and move into a more fearful “survival” mentality.

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Working Across Boundaries

Posted on December 16, 2010 in Articles, Leadership by Rachael

For a while now I have been working with a 360 degree feedback tool I designed. It’s for leaders who want to do a deep review of their leadership approach and style, and explore the impact they have on others.

The first stage is a “Reflection” form – a series of questions and a checklist of detailed leadership competencies in what for me are the 4 core areas for leadership: Vision, Engagement, Resilience and Drive.

…Continue reading – Leadership Feedback Tool

Posted on December 15, 2010 in Articles, Coaching, Inclusive Leadership, Leadership by Rachael

ant colonyOne of the big influences on my leadership coaching and development is “Systems Thinking.” The origins of this powerful approach are from the 1970’s and from the world of therapy, but there has been some wonderful development of this work more recently to apply it to the complex systems that are the organisations we work in.

…Continue reading – Systems Thinking and Leadership Development

Posted on December 13, 2010 in Articles, Purpose, Values by Rachael

view over mountainOne of the powerful themes that can help clients really focus on what they want in work and life, is to explore the legacy we leave behind us. When we move on from a job, from an organisation or even when we leave a room!

What do people sense about us – do we lift or diminish people? Change a mood for better or worse…?

…Continue reading – Legacy and Top Five Regrets

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