Mindfulness – an unhelpful cliché that misses the point

Mindfulness and the broader topic of employee well-being has swept onto the development agenda over the last couple of years.  In its wake are thousands of managers frantically trying to jump on the bandwagon. Happier employees work harder, stay longer…

Leadership development in action: Nyomi’s story

Just under a year ago we completed a 2 year high potential (HIPO) development programme with Shred-it, the the world’s leading secure information destruction company and part of Stericycle Inc. We welcomed participants from across Shred-it's EMEAA operations, from the…

Am I coaching or mentoring? Know the differences, but don’t worry too much…

At our regular, free Executive Coaching BootCamps, one of the most common questions we get is the difference between coaching and mentoring. Whilst it would be lovely to give a black and white answer to this, the reality is it's…

Mind the gap – maintaining learning away from the classroom.

Leadership development can be a considerable investment in time and money.  There is often a temptation to extend the perceived life of this investment by delivering programmes over long timetables, with extended gaps between the formal, classroom-based learning elements.  Instantly…

Building a successful online learning community

Online collaborative learning has been a hot topic for over a decade.  Since the advent of modern social networks organisations have grappled with how to best make use of these tools to support and enhance the learning experience. Early attempts…

New year resolutions. The first step on the road to hell or an opportunity not to be missed?

They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions and it seems to me that the road through January is paved with failed resolutions. There is a great deal of good advice about how to make meaningful resolutions – think…

How much tailoring is appropriate for a leadership development programme?

  Developing leaders is, quite rightly, seen as a core business activity in the majority of contemporary organisations and the marketplace is inundated with a wide range of open programmes that leaders can attend.  The challenge here is finding the…