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How To Be More Transparent About Failure

Recent years have seen senior leaders at huge organizations battling to keep their secrets under wraps. From the US government information released through Wikileaks to the Sony hacking scandal, both data and opinions are increasingly hard to hide. Some information...

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Living your impact

How much difference did you make today? If you were to step back and look at that work, would you feel like you added real value to the world, or just kept things ticking over? It’s easy to slip into doing the same old thing with your work; to take the safe options...

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We Never Lead Alone

Isaac Newton famously said that if he had seen far then it was by standing on the shoulders of giants. Yet dramatic as the statement is, it makes a poor model for understanding leadership, implying rising above others. When we achieve great things as leaders, we do so...

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Human-centered Business Trends for 2015

You might not know it from the way we sometimes talk, but business is all about people. In the spirit of keeping that in focus, here are some of the human-centered trends that we can expect to see in 2015. Customer, Customer, Customer British Prime Minister Tony Blair...

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Why is Values Based Leadership so Powerful?

The idea that business should be value driven is an increasingly influential one, and rightly so. The days when we could be content to make profit our only value, and when we could delude ourselves that that in itself was not a value judgment, are far behind us, and...

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Learning from the Big Philanthropists

We can’t all be giants in the world of social leadership, or great philanthropists providing millions to support the world’s poor. But we can all learn from people in these positions, and that learning is valuable if we want to provide social leadership within our own...

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Be your own hero

Do you remember the first time you looked up at someone and said ‘that’s who I want to be?’ Maybe it was a character in a Saturday morning cartoon. Maybe it was a relative who spared you lots of time. Maybe it was the man in the ice-cream van, with his unlimited...

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Leading the Change We Wish To See

Businesses are among the most powerful entities in the modern world. The largest have greater wealth and influence than many governments. Even small businesses and entrepreneurs regularly reach a global audience. Leaders of businesses have become, by default, leaders...

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Actions speak louder than attitudes

Those of us working in management and leadership are, on the whole, a privileged group. We work in physically comfortable environments. Our jobs are, in the global scheme of things, well paid. We have authority and influence over others. But privilege, or the...

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The Hidden Career Benefits of Being Yourself

Stop pretending you're something you're not just to show up every day. Being yourself can have real benefits in your career. Do you ever get a sinking feeling as you put on your work face? The very fact that you’re putting on a face should be warning in itself. So...

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The Neuroscience Behind Leading Others

The Neuroscience Behind Leading Others APPLYING BRAIN SCIENCE TO THE WORK WE DO EVERY DAY. Psychology and neuroscience play an increasingly important role in how we shape ourselves as leaders. From the mnemonics and mind maps that allow us to memorize facts and faces,...

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Behold the superman

Humanity has finally produced what seems to be a truly indestructible entity: the corporation. In the early 2000s, comics writer Joe Casey took the Wildcats, a generic superhero team known for their gritty adventures and ridiculously proportioned women, and turned...

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Rise To The Challenge: Live Your Impact

How much difference did you make today? If you were to step back and look at that work, would you feel like you added real value to the world, or just kept things ticking over? It’s easy to slip into doing the same old thing with your work, to take the safe options...

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You Can Be More Through Serving Others

You Can Be More Through Serving Others The capitalism of the 1980s gave service to others a bad name. Obsessively self-serving, it tried to teach us that business and leadership were all about looking after number one, and that everything else would follow from that....

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Looking Beyond HR

Some business improvement professionals believe the goal of their work is to make themselves redundant, to take their company to the point where improvement is self-sustaining and they are no longer needed. Is it time for us, as HR professionals, to look at our jobs...

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The Power To Lead Organizational Change

We all have the power within us to create real and lasting change. To transform the place we work into something finer and more efficient, no matter how good a position it started from. Change gives us the potential to be not just good but great, to continually aspire...

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Social Recruitment’s Present And Future

Social media has entered every corner of our lives. Facebook alone has more than a billion users, each averaging 15 minutes a day on the site. From the accumulated star ratings on websites to jobs found through LinkedIn and sharing holiday photos through Facebook,...

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How to Make a Difference with Your Work

TAKING THE SAFE ROAD IN BUSINESS AND DOING SOCIAL GOOD DON’T MIX. How much difference did you make today? If you were to step back and look at that work, would you feel like you added real value to the world, or just kept things ticking over? It’s easy to slip into...

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Embracing the Core of Your Culture

You already have the ingredients to make your company far more powerful. You might not realize it, but there is something in the makeup of your company that a strong, dynamic culture can be built around. Something that can focus your whole organization on its prime...

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Three Steps To Better Staff Development

Staff development is vital to a healthy business. Yet the way we approach it is still rooted in the models of fifty years ago. Despite a world of rapid change we expect objectives to be relevant for a year, when many will be out of date within months. Millenials used...

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How To Find Employees With The Right Attitude

Attitude over aptitude is the rallying cry for many in modern recruitment. All our fancy personality tests and scouring of resumes has given us a fair imitation of the recruits that we wanted in the past, but it’s never provider a reliable indicator that they would...

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Looking Forward In Workforce Planning

Looking forward, not back Workforce planning is becoming more and more sophisticated. Tools such as big data let us better identify and act upon patterns in our workforce, whether it’s in retirements, expansions, or the need to improve skills. Many of the tools we use...

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4 Keys to Mapping Out a Better Career Path

Whatever you want to achieve in life, having a career strategy is fundamental to achieving it. Making things up as you go along can take you in the right direction, but a good plan will get you there faster and more effectively. So what are the steps you can take to...

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Find Your Meaning, Find Your Motive

It can be hard sometimes to find meaning in our work. Filling in forms, typing code, stacking shelves, sitting through the thirteenth meeting of the same committee, these activities throw so many trees into view that we really do lose sight of the woods. The problem...

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Facing Two Imposters: Failure and Success

These two impostors – facing failure and success meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same - Rudyard Kipling – If In his poem ‘If’, Rudyard Kipling described the qualities that would set a person up for success. While the tone of...

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Developing your Employee Development

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAINING YOUR EMPLOYEES SO THEY'LL STICK AROUND YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE GROWING AND CHANGING. HERE'S HOW TO MAKE SURE IT'S IN POSITIVE WAYS. Employee development is a critical issue for any business: People don’t just stay as they were when you...

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The shark never stops swimming

The shark never stops swimming They say that if a shark ever stops swimming it dies. It’s the process of swimming that keeps it going, constantly moving forwards, searching for the things that will sustain it. Yet as people we often seem content to rest on our...

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How to Fix Your Company Culture

Check out our recent article featured on Fast Company (www.fastcompany.com). How to Fix Your Company Culture Culture isn’t something you can dictate. Here’s how to shift the way your company thinks about culture to get everyone engaged. Innovative companies like Apple...

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Who Wants to be a Resource?

“Words can change the world.” – Terry Pratchett The words that we use matter. They shape our attitudes, shape our behavior, shape the very way that we think about the world. Words can inform, empower and inspire. But in an age of commerce, where the language of...

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Take a sword to it – Leadership Insights

A little change in focus and style this time around. Please sit back and enjoy as we gleam Leadership insight through Game of Thrones. Lessons from Westeros – Leadership in Game of Thrones We all have days when we wish we could take a sword to our problems. We want to...

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Get Inspired by Your Work

Demanding the impossible “Be a realist, demand the impossible.”  - Protest graffiti, Paris, May 1968 It is all too easy to accept others’ definitions of achievement. To get caught up in other people’s aims and ambitions. To take others’ priorities as read. This is the...

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Employee engagement – the challenge!

The challenges of engagement Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. If it were, everybody would be doing it already, and it would have passed from ‘worthwhile’ into basic human existence. As the amount of writing about it shows, this extends to employee engagement. Many of...

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Employee engagement from before the word go

Employee engagement from before the word go Many companies fail at employee engagement even before new recruits have joined their payroll. Like any part of corporate culture, the way you behave shows the truth of your company as much as the things that you say, and...

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