A picture is worth a thousand words in career (and life) decisions

  The old adage a picture is worth a thousand words translates well into the executive coaching and career coaching world. Using EmpowerMap® in coaching discussions with clients provides a powerful visual means of mapping out a client’s past track record, describing various aspects of their current situation and taking account of their future aspirations in…

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BE the message; don’t just transmit it…..

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” This quote by Mahatma Gandhi has been shortened and changed over time to “Be the…

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The Will of Voice

In the context of leadership, in Leader’s Voice® programmes we say that our voice is a key vehicle for creating a future that does not yet exist. That always means change, and as homeostatic creatures, we tend to shy away from change, even when we know it’s good for us. Since that is the case,…

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First impressions count in leadership

There is a lot of truth in the old adage that you only get one chance to create a first impression. So it makes sense to do a little preparation before you go in to that first meeting as the leader of a team. We might readily accept that people will judge us within a…

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Embracing Change and Transition

Mark was working on the regional leadership team of a large international company. He was leading a team of 8 direct reports and about 50 staff below them. He was a successful, respected and valued member of the leadership team. Then a major global change programme was announced which he had not expected, and which…

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Brexit – Planned or Emergent Change?

  While I’ve been following the UK’s Brexit debate (or the US election for that matter) I can’t help but see huge similarities to a lot of complex organisational change initiatives. Regardless of which “side” of the UK’s Remain/Leave debate you may be on, the dynamics of this change are an intriguing representation of complex…

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Transforming Lives through Transformational Coaching

Ken Ideus, a Delta Partnership consultant, shares some of his views on transformational coaching, and gives us a peek into his soon-to-be-published book on the subject, co-authored with Bob Barner: “Several years ago, while doing some reading on alchemy, I came across an interesting notion. Not being that familiar with the history of alchemy, I…

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Self Awareness in Leadership

Many people in positions of leadership have a pretty good grasp of what to do in their roles, but may be less aware of the importance of their behaviours in effectively leading, motivating and enabling their team members to perform at their best. It’s almost as though people don’t want to accept that leadership behaviours…

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Embedding Skills through Action Learning

How do you effectively translate formal leadership or behavioural learning into workplace practice? It’s never as simple as applying technical skills because leadership and behavioural skills involve multiple and diverse other people and their varied responses. Morgan’s 70/20/10 ratio for effective learning seems to be flavour-of-the-month at the moment as guidance for an effective ratio…

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